(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!
THE JESSE T.
THE JESSE TREE
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.
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.
The Wordle below contains words from Luke chapter 2 which tells of the birth of Jesus.