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Advent means ‘coming’ and is the special four-week period leading up to Christmas. It is a time to prepare for the celebration of Jesus’s birth but also for his coming in glory at the end of time.


Confirmation is about ‘confirming’ the faith in God we declared at baptism. It also involves being strengthened by God’s Holy Spirit. In the Church in Wales it is administered by the bishop.

Holy Communion

At Holy Communion blessed bread and wine is shared, by which we receive the body and blood of Jesus Christ. The congregation gives thanks for Jesus’ life, his death and resurrection and his continuing presence. See also Eucharist.


Lent is the six-week period leading up to Easter. It is a particular time to confess sin and to seek personal and collective renewal (a ‘springtime of the spirit’). Lent has a special focus on Jesus’s journey to the cross and prepares the Church to celebrate his resurrection.


Liturgy is a set form of words and action used for worship. In the Church in Wales (and many other churches) these forms follow the same pattern from one congregation to another. Most Anglican liturgies look back in some way to the Book of Common Prayer.

Home Prayer Discipleship


Jesus offered a very simple invitation 13 times in the Bible,

‘Follow me’

And for those who accepted that invitation he also said,

‘Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit…’

As Christians we are all called to be disciples, followers of Jesus. We will be very different, some will be better at it than others, some will look different, some will act differently, but it is for us all. As soon as we respond to the invitation of Jesus to ‘Follow me’ we are undertaking the most exciting and fulfilling journey.

Being a disciple will mean us recognising that our faith isn’t something that can be put into convenient compartments – it is a ‘whole of life’ activity! It is something we will need to :

  • Keep working on – so below there are examples of different courses and resources to help with this, that will be helpful for churches or individuals. Getting to know our Bibles better and praying are essential for disciples, as is talking about our faith.
  • Recognise it isn’t always easy – Jesus’ first disciples made lots of mistakes and we all will too, but God continues to love us and journey with us.
  • Talk about – Small groups are a great way of doing this for lots of people, but we may also find that talking to a friend or someone from church or a Christian minister will be helpful.
  • Share – People say faith is personal, but we go back to the instruction of Jesus to tell others, and we find that it might be personal, but it’s also to be shared. As we grow as confident disciples, we will want to tell others.

There is no stopping; every day, every hour it goes further. Whoever sets his foot on this way finds that his life has become a journey on the road. It leads through green pastures and through the dark valley, but the Lord will always lead on the right pathway.
- Dietrich Bonhoeffered...

Discipleship Resources

Diocesan study courses
Beginning in Faith
Growing in Faith

These resources focus on helping people to explore more about knowing God and where God is active in their lives.

Bible Study