Join us this 2020 Advent season as we gather virtually to deepen our understanding and strengthen our relationships with Christ! This year we will be using Adam Hamilton’s latest book, “Incarnation” as our guide. What’s in a name? His parents named him Jesus. But he was also called by other names: Lord, Messiah, Savior, Emmanuel, Light of the World, and Word Made Flesh; Incarnation explores the meaning of these titles and what they tell us about the child whose birth we celebrate at Christmas. We will reflect upon the significance of the Christ.
The Children and youth groups will also be using lesson plans from the book Incarnation by Adam Hamilton. Sessions may include games, activities, craft ideas and lesson handouts. Children’s session can be found and watched live on the Engage Children’s Ministry Facebook page (link found below). The youth sessions will be held during the regular youth group meeting times using the same Zoom information (link below). Please contact Laura Freeburn with any questions. firstname.lastname@example.org
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Let’s make an Advent Wreath! Click below to learn some tips and tricks from Miss Laura Freeburn our Director of Family Ministry and Christian Education. As she shares ideas on how to make your own Advent wreath at home with easily found items! Pastor Jim will be blessing all Advent wreaths during Sunday service on the first Sunday of Advent, November 29. We pray your Advent season is filled with hope and blessed by His love!
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Typically, an Advent wreath bears five tapered candles: three purple, one pink and one white.The candles specifically symbolize the Christian concept of hope (week 1), peace (week 2), joy (week 3) and love (week 4). Advent wreaths also have a white candle in the center to symbolize the arrival of Christmastide, sometimes known as the Christ candle. It is lit on Christmas eve or Christmas day.
Pastor Miller will offer a blessing upon each wreath during our virtual Sunday service on the first Sunday in Advent. As you pray at home the prayers can change with the themes each week as the season progresses. Because there is such a wealth of ideas and variations on using the Advent wreath, this season is easily tailored to any family.
Nov. 29 First Sunday in Advent (hope)- Light one purple candle and offer up prayer.
Dec. 6 Second Week of Advent (peace) – Light two purple candles and offer up prayer.
Dec. 13 Third Week of Advent (joy) – Light two purple candles, one pink candle, and offer up prayer.
Dec. 20 Fourth Week of Advent (love) – Light all the candles and offer up prayer.
Dec. 24 & Dec. 25 On Christmas Eve or Christmas day, include a Christ candle on your wreath. The Christ Candle is white and would reside at the center of the Advent wreath.
We pray that your Advent season is filled with hope and blessed by His love!