Sunday 29th November marked the start of Advent. The circle of the wreath reminds us of God himself, his eternity; his endless mercy which has no beginning and no end. The green on the wreath speaks of the 'hope' we have in God, of the newness and renewal of eternal life. The candles on the Advent wreath represent the light of God coming into the world through the birth of his son Jesus Christ . The four outer candles represent the period of waiting and the white centre candle represents Christ and is lit on Christmas Day. Lighting of the candles each week, reminds us that Jesus is the light of the world.
The first candle is known as -The Candle of Hope. Hope is like a light shining in a dark place.
The second candle of Advent reminds us of the Old Testament Prophets and symbolises Peace.
The third candle of advent reminds us of John the Baptist and is known as the Candle of Love.
The fourth candle of advent (usually pink) represents Mary the mother of Jesus and symbolises Joy.
The fifth candle in the centre of the wreath is called the Christ candle, and it is lit on Christmas Day to remind Christians of the light Jesus brings to the world.
I hope you all have had a lovely weekend and are making the most of the national lockdown to start your Christmas preparations. Yesterday was Stir-up Sunday - an informal term in Anglican churches for the last Sunday before the season of Advent when traditionally you make your Christmas pudding. There is a popular myth that plum pudding's association with Christmas goes back to a custom in medieval England that the "pudding should be made on the 25th Sunday after Trinity, that it be prepared with 13 ingredients to represent Christ and the 12 apostles, and that every family member stir it in turn from east to west. Did you make your pudding this weekend?
Next Sunday marks the start of Advent- an important part of the Christian calendar which means 'coming' and it's the period before Christmas, which celebrates the birth of Jesus. It is all about preparing for Christmas Day. It marks the season of preparation; lights go up, shopping begins, Christmas trees are adorned with baubles, and families get ready to celebrate together.
Indeed, in school our Christmas preparations are also under way. Barn Owls, Cuckoos and Firecrest are busy rehearsing their Nativity, the Christmas Tree and lights have been ordered, the dates for the Christmas parties and Christmas lunch have been agreed and each class will visit St. Georges Church to enjoy a short service with Reverend David and Reverend Ylva. We are hoping there might even be a few more surprises in store for the children too!. Please be reassured, that all our Christmas Festivities will strictly follow Government guidelines - we are determined that Christmas in school this year will not be cancelled, albeit it will be different.
It was lovely to see so many of you in Church today for our very special Christingle Society. The children thoroughly enjoyed making their own Christingle-thank you to Reverend David Commander and his team for preparing everything. The children read and sang beautifully.
Every year we collect donations for the Children's Society , a charity devoted towards changing the wellbeing and lives of young people all over the country. This year it is their 50th Anniversary. Thank you all for your donations - we will let you know how much we raised next week. If you would still like to donate money, please bring it in to school and hand it in to the school office or class teaching team.