Many thanks to all those who have given their time and talents to make our chapel look so beautiful and to provide us with refreshments.
Flower arrangements: Jane Taylor, Carol Byng, Maureen Hawthorne, Sue Arnold, Pauline Sheward, Linda Comfort, Chris Quinn, Mary Evans, Carol Morgan, Jacky Adams, Lynda Gascoigne
Artistic advice: Marina Dowling, Mairead Kelsey
Advent is the new year of the Christian Church and the season that leads to Christmas Day. Advent is the time when Christians around the world prepare for the celebration of the arrival of the Lord into the world through the birth of His Son Jesus Christ. Advent is a time to celebrate light in the midst of darkness.
EPIPHANY 6th Jan
The feast of Epiphany remembers the coming of the wise men bringing gifts to visit the Christ child, who by doing so reveal Jesus to the world as Lord and King. For many Christian church traditions, the season of Epiphany extends from January 6th until Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent.
LENT 5th March 2014
Lent begins with Ash Wednesday and lasts for six and a half weeks, finishing at Easter. Lent is when Christians remember the forty days and nights Jesus spent alone in the desert without food being tempted by the Devil. Jesus used this time to prepare for His work by fasting and praying. Lent is a time for Christians to give up luxuries and to practise self-discipline.
PENTECOST 8th June 2014
Pentecost (Whitsunday) is a major festival in the church year and is recognised as the birth of the Christian Church. Pentecost celebrates the coming of the Holy Spirit to the followers of Jesus, in the form of flames, ten days after the ascension and fifty days after the resurrection.
Harvest festival is a celebration and thanksgiving of all the crops and fruits of the land. This festival reminds Christians of all the good things God gives them. The tradition of celebrating Harvest Festival in churches as we know it today began in Victorian times and many of our popular harvest hymns date back to this time. Decorating churches with produce has become an annual custom and this produce is often shared with those in need.