Online Advent Calendar reaches thousands


Our #ADVENTDOORSOFHOPE campaign has been running for just two weeks now and has reached around three thousand + people. Our first video featuring our senior leader and Hull KR Chaplain John Flavell hs been viewed 2.7k times at the time of writing.

We are so encouraged that many are finding these videos of real life honest stories about faith, life, death, greif and pain in this crisis season are reaching so many and be so well received.

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See our full press release below:

Organisers of the #ADVENTDOORSOFHOPE online Advent Calendar have been thrilled to see hundreds of people tuning in since the start of December. River City Church based in East Hull set up the advent calendar as a way of spreading positive messages of hope in the run up to a Christmas that will look very different this year.

Each day a short video is posted across their social media channels. A different front door is opened everyday and each tells a real and vulnerable story from different peoples lives and circumstances. The stories express both the highs and lows associated with following the Christian faith during a crisis season, as well as addressing questions many are currently asking about life and death.

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Their first video published, featuring John Flavell the Chaplain of Hull KR and Senior Leader of River City Church, reached almost three thousand people. John shared his own story of being adopted as a child and fearing rejection most of his life. This changed, he states, when he realised he was “loved unconditionally by God”. Other videos in the series featured people talking about coping with marriage problems, grief after losing loved ones and isolation caused by Coronavirus.
Each Sunday during the series the church family pauses to put their faith into action; doing good deeds in the community. These included a memorial book for a man that lost his battle for cancer just before lockdown, cards of encouragement for friends and neighbours, luxury hampers for families in need and later in the month the series will finish with a mobile carol concert that tours different parts of the city visiting residents that can't come out as freely. The singing tour will be lead by professional singer and Hull Daily Mails former star search winner Casey Adam.

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The charismatic church has been meeting live on Facebook since the first lockdown in March, making the safety of its congregation and guests its highest priority.

A River City staff member commented “It’s been really hard not to be together as a church family in person. We’ve had to be creative in all kinds of ways to try and keep a sense of community and momentum. We’ve loved putting together these short films giving people permission to be honest about their reflections around life, death, faith and Covid. Some reflected on their battles with anxiety and depression, others contemplated what the themes of joy, hope and peace meant to them during this advent season. It has been wonderful to capture such real examples of the stability that having a faith during a crisis can make.”

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