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Sycamore Advent Course

A great way to use the Sycamore resources is to run a four-week Advent course in your parish, school or chaplaincy.

This doesn’t need to be a full-blown evangelisation programme: you could aim it at your regular parishioners or parents or teachers, to offer them some faith-formation. It’s a great way to help people reflect on some of the Advent/Christmas themes, and to get to know each other in small groups.


We have chosen four sessions that connect with some of the liturgical themes of Advent:

  • The Search for God (Film 1),
  • A God Who Speaks (Film 3),
  • The Bible (Film 6)
  • The Power of Prayer (Film 8).

You can give people the full “Sycamore experience” and invite them to a delicious meal and have an evening together. Or you can keep things much simpler and shorter, and just have some coffee and cake as you watch the films and move into the discussion groups. We suggest that you start in the week of 25 November so you don’t run into Christmas.


A short course like this is a great way of introducing Sycamore to your community:

it will help them appreciate the beauty of the resources and the simplicity of the methodology. Hopefully some of the participants will become excited about using Sycamore in other ways in the new year.


For the Advent course itself, you don’t need a great deal of training or preparation if you are running it “in house”.

You just need to plan the venue and times, create a welcoming environment, and have the films ready to show. The discussion questions are built into the films to make things as easy as possible for leaders.