Father Mark led our collective worship on Wednesday and told us about the Advent wreath.
We all have our Advent calendars and opened them on the 1st December and will continue to do so until the 25th December. Behind each door is a surprise but have you ever wondered what Advent is about? Father Mark came to tell us.
Advent marks the start of the Christian year. It is the four weeks before Christmas, beginning on November 30 or the nearest Sunday to it. This is the Church's New Year's Day. The word Advent comes from the Latin 'adventus' which means 'arrival' or 'coming'. This is the time for Christians to prepare for the celebration of the birth of Jesus and look forward to the time that Jesus will come again.
Father Mark brought St Giles Church’s Advent wreath up to school and explained its meaning to us.
The Advent Wreath is made from a circle of evergreen plants like holly and ivy which symbolises God with no beginning or end. The evergreen is a reminder that God is eternal. The holly is also a symbol of the crown of thorns that Jesus wore when he was crucified. There are four candles fixed around the circle: 3 purple and one pink, with another in the middle, which is white.
Unlit candles represent darkness. One purple candle is lit on the first Sunday of Advent. On the second Sunday it is lit again together with another purple one, the pink candle is lit on the third Sunday and on the fourth Sunday the last purple candle. On Christmas Day the white candle is lit representing Jesus Christ as the light of the world.
The children were given an advent wreath colouring sheet in their collective worship groups and as Father Mark explained what each candle represented the children took it turns to colour in the candles.
The first candle represents Hope so prayers on this day focus on hope.
The second candle is a symbol of God's Peace, reminding Christians of the Prophets who said that the Messiah would be born.
The third candle represents Joy and reminds Christians of Jesus' mother, Mary.
The last purple candle is for Love, it represents John the Baptist who baptised Jesus.
The fifth candle reminds Christians of the birth of Jesus.
As we are in the second week of Advent Father Mark and two children lit the first two candles.
Christmas is fast approaching. Please come and join us at our Christingle Service at St Giles Church on the last day of term. It really is a very special and magical service.
The Christingle Service will take place in St Giles Church at 2.45pm on Tuesday 20th December and following the service children will go home from the church. Refreshments are being provided by the Church from 2.15pm for parents before the service. Everyone is welcome.