We are fast coming to the end of November and about to launch into Advent (30 November 2014). There are a whole lot of traditions we engage with to remind us of the real reason for Christmas – the birth of Jesus.
“Advent” refers to the arrival of Jesus, both his first AND second coming. Carols are sung and reclaimed from the shopping mall. Scripture is opened to us with the poignant stories around the nativity. Advent candles are progressively lit as a visual reminder and build up to the momentous event when the Light came into the darkness and the darkness, even of a cross and death, could not put it out.
There is a carol service being held at the fabulous Litchi Orchard, Fox Hill, on Friday 5 December, organised by Christ Church, which I invite you to support. There will be crafts for kids, fun for the whole family (you can bring a picnic) and food/coffee on sale. More details to follow.
We will hand out Advent/Christmas bookmarks the Sunday after next with the times of all the Advent and Christmas services. Please take for friends and family. We’re very aware that we have many visitors join us over this holiday period, so please make strangers feel welcome in our midst.