CHRISTMAS 2011 (Posada; Jesse Tree and Christmas Morning Service)

POSADA

(This is the Spanish word for “inn”).

 

THE CONGREGATION WAS ASKED IF THEY COULD OFFER MARY AND JOSEPH A HOME?

 

 

Advent is  the season to think back and rejoice about the events which took place over 2000 years ago. We all know the story of how baby Jesus was born in a manger. His parents, had travelled to their home town of Bethlehem but when they got there it was very crowded and there was no room at the inn. They struggled to find shelter for the night and, in the end, they stayed in a stable meant for animals.

This year in Leamington Spa, we  celebrated the journey of Mary and Joseph using a Posada theme. (Posada is the Spanish name for inn). Mary and Joseph travelled around our town, staying in a different home every night during Advent.  On the night they go to the next house,  tea or coffee was offered and a prayer was shared with the previous hosts to welcome Mary and Joseph.

However the host families did not need a spare bedroom or even a stable or shed for their guests – our beautifully knitted figures of Mary and Joseph are only about 7ins tall!

 

They were happy to rest on a coffee table or bookcase for a night!  However, they did bring with them a flock of sheep, (these are knitted as well!). One of the sheep  stayed with each host family when Mary and Joseph left the following day and then returned to the flock during the Christmas morning service at Radford Road.

We hope that all who hosted Mary and Joseph (and the sheep!)  enjoyed the experience and will learn more of the true meaning of Christmas!

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THE JESSE T.

 

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THE JESSE TREE

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The Jesse Tree is named from Isaiah 11:1:

“A shoot will spring forth from the stump of Jesse, and a branch out of his roots will bear fruit.”

The Jesse Tree represents the family tree, or genealogy of Jesus Christ. It tells the story of God’s salvation plan, beginning with creation and continuing through the Old Testament, to the coming of the Messiah.

Harris School in Rugby created designs for the ornaments for each day of Advent, and BibleLands-supported Hope school near Bethlehem in turning the images into beautiful olive-wood symbols.

Each day during Advent one of the symbols was placed on the tree.  Also an explanation of the meaning of the symbol was pinned on the background board.

serpent harp star

 

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CHRISTMAS DAY SERVICE

The morning service on this special day was held at 10.00am. The service was led by the Revd. Andy Laird, our Methodist Minister. Families and friends attended this service and children (and adults) were invited to bring one of their Christmas gifts to show to others.

The sheep, which had travelled around Leamington Spa during Advent and one of which has stayed at each home which has hosted Mary and Joseph, were re-united with the flock on Christmas morning.

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The Wordle below contains words from Luke chapter 2 which tells of the birth of Jesus.

CIRCLE SINGERS CHRISTMAS CONCERT

On Saturday Dec 17that 7.30pm The Circle Singers presented a most enjoyable concert of Christmas songs and readings called “I Saw Three Ships”. The concert was greatly enjoyed by the audience.

Beresford King-Smith was the Musical Director of the 25-strong choir and Lynne Adams was the accompanist. 

£288.00 was raised for Marie Curie Cancer Care.

 The Circle Singers


CHRISTINGLE SERVICE DEC 11th 2011


 

Margaret and George Height provided the music on drums and piano whilst the Revd. Andy Laird led worship with guitar.

The congregation was reminded of the Christmas story using puppets, Power Point pictures and songs which told how the Angel spoke to Mary about the forthcoming birth of her baby.  Puppets of the host of angels were “manned” by “volunteers” and led the shepherd puppets to Bethlehem where Baby Jesus was born.  The puppet kings were then given to the three wise men who followed the star around the church as an improviso for their travels from the East.

This was a most enjoyable fresh approach to the Christmas story and led to the whole congregation making individual christingles.

Christingle means Christ Light and is a way of communicating the Christian message in a fun and inspiring way to the regular congregation and to the local community. 

The Christingle is made up of an orange, wrapped in ribbon, with a small lit candle and dried fruits or sweets inserted into the orange flesh and skin. The dried fruit and sweets are secured to the Christingle orange using four cocktail sticks. It is designed to appeal to children and each part of the Christingle is symbolic:

  • The orange represents the world in which we live and reminds us of our responsibility of being good stewards of its resources.
  • The red ribbon wrapped around the Christingle orange is a symbol of the blood of Jesus Christ which was shed for our sins. It is also a symbol of forgiveness.
  • The dried fruit and sweets represent the four seasons of Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter and the fruits of the earth of young people. (Some say the four points of the compass of North, East, South and West to represent the good things the world provides). We are entrusted to share the fruits of the world with others.
  • The lighted candle represents Jesus Christ who is seen as the Light of the World who shows us God’s love.
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NIGHT SHELTER CHRISTMAS CAROL SERVICE

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Night Shelter Carol Service December 4th at 9.30pm

 

An informal service of carols and readings was held at the Night Shelter on November 4th 2011.

The Revd. James Church led a short service of carols and readings. A small music group of keyboard, electric guitar and drums led the singing. At the end of the service mince pies and coffee were enjoyed and gifts of knitted gloves, hats and scarves were given to the Night Shelter clients.

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