Advent is a very special time in the Christian year. It is, in fact, the start of the Christian year and gives us a wonderful opportunity to carve out some special time with our children and families and to get the candles out! It is a time to get ready, a time to prepare our hearts and lives to receive the new born baby king, Jesus Christ.
In the past, we have held special events at Church such as the Advent Light Party or SJ Club Advent Party. This year, we having an SJ Club Special on Advent Sunday during the normal SJ Club time. This is because we want to give your Advent a kick start and send the children home with something that will be the hook on which you hang all your Advent activities. But before we get to that, most children love Advent Calendars and these can be a great way to get ready for Jesus and keep Christmas focused on him. So we have bought a job lot of ‘The Real Advent Calendar’ which is a fun way to share the Christmas story. Behind the first giant window there is a 32-page Christmas story/Advent booklet with a page for every day of December. Then, behind each of the 25 windows there is a Fairtrade chocolate star and a few words from the Christmas story. As well as celebrating the true meaning of Christmas, the calendar makes a charity donation to Funzi & Bodo Trust from every sale. These are already in the Stable Rooms, cost £4 and you can put the money into the box of calendars.
So on Advent Sunday the children will be making an Advent Wreath, Calendar or Jesse Tree to use each day throughout Advent and we can all start this off on Sunday tea time. Alongside your wreath, calendar or Jesse Tree we will also be giving every child a ‘Love Life, Live Advent’ booklet. If you have used the ‘Love Life, Live Lent’ booklet you will be familiar with the format of a small, achievable action or thought for each day.
We hope that some or all of these will help your children and you to have a wonderful Advent time that will help you all to get ready to meet Jesus on Christmas day and, of course, each day before.
We will also be beginning our preparation for the Christmas Nativity by recording the children’s voices retelling the story. Their pieces will then be edited together to form the narration of the story to which the children will perform in a loosely rehearsed style on December 14. SJ Club on December 7 will include the second rehearsal and then we will need to arrive early on Dec 14 to get into costumes and be prepared. We would appreciate your help in this by getting the children to the Stable Rooms by 10am on December 14. Thank you!