Advent 2018 – Foetus Jesus

This is the ninth in our Advent series of reflections, written by pioneering youth workers…

I’ve been thinking about the unborn child in this story. All wrapped up warm and safe, and seemingly oblivious to the miracle that’s unfolding. And as a new-ish parent, I feel for Mary & Joseph, also completely oblivious to how their new baby is going to turn their lives upside down – as well as millions of others.

In the lead up to Christmas I’ve been thinking about how this parallels with our work with young people. There is something emergent in the youth work space where we open up ourselves to be transformed, often in ways we can’t imagine. But I’ve been thinking too about how the things of ourselves and our stories that we leave with young people are like the foetus Jesus. Unborn, unseen, surprising What I mean is, the youth work journey is pregnant – not with hidden agendas – but with hope. The gift we leave is often unformed and unrealised, waiting.

Mary and Joseph had no way of seeing what was coming. But we’ve done advent so many times that we know the story. We know what’s coming. In the same way we enter advent for the journey; so too, do we enter our relationships with young people, full of hope for what’s to come.


By John Wheatley


Join us this advent.

Frontier Youth Trust is a home for pioneer youth workers. As part of our shared rhythm of life we have invited pioneers from within our community to contribute a reflection about a character from the nativity story. We will be posting these reflections throughout advent.

We invite you to journey with us and discover the story afresh.