It is the beginning of November and yet the stores are filled with Christmas decorations and music. Santa is making his appearance in the malls and the advertising is in full swing. The commercial world certainly knows how to prepare for the buying frenzy that the secular world calls Christmas. For us the time before Christmas is called Advent and is also a time for preparing. We are called to patiently wait in expectation for the coming of Christ. We are called to prepare a place in our hearts, to create a manger so to speak, for the Christ child. We are to make in this time and space of business, a place of quietness and thought. We are to embrace peace, live in hope, focus on the simple joys that surround us and love and allow ourselves to be loved.
One way to carve time in your busy day to do just that using an Advent wreath. Here is a link to an easy reflection and prayer you can use at home.
St. George’s Christmas bazaar is November 8 this year from 10:00 to 2:00. There is a tea room with sandwiches, goodies and refreshments. There are books, a bake table, Christmas cookie trays, handmade knitted sweaters and mittens, treasures, preserves and much more. Year after year, we hear that St. George’s has the best bazaar in town. So you don’t want to miss it. If you have something to contribute (used books, gently used toys or other things, bake goods) please contact the church office.
Messy Church this month is November 12. The theme is Advent. We have some great crafts and a special take home craft. I was at a Messy Church conference in England last month and have brought home this really super craft that we will be making. I am trying out something new at Messy Church. We will be making an edible craft. This month we will be having lasagna and salad. Why not invite a family to join your family this month at Messy Church?