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 of Advent an ornamentwas added to the Jesse Tree.Each of these symbolic ornaments represents a prophecy foretelling Christ’s coming.
What a splendid Exhibition this has been!
We have welcomed nearly 400 visitors who have been absolutely amazed at the different ways the story of the birth of Jesus Christ has been portrayed. Several children who came in school parties from local schools were so excited about the exhibits that they brought their parents to view it after school!
This wonderful collection of delightful Nativity Sets has reminded everyone that
JESUS IS THE REASON FOR THE SEASON.
The Nativity sets have come from many different countries from around the world and have been on display. Some were life size, others were so tiny that they would fit into a doll’s house! It was a wonderful collection of Nativity Sets which was enjoyed by all.
In addition there was a refugee display, reminding us that just as Jesus was born in a stable with no fresh water or sanitation, there are many babies born today in similar conditions. Radford Road Church’s Mission Project this coming year is to raise sufficient money to buy Aquaboxes which provide a means of purifying polluted water to make it drinkable. Thanks to the generosity of those who visited our Exhibition £600 was donated. This is to be divided equally between the Aquabox Mission Project and Radford Road Church.