2013 Advent - Hanging of the Greens
Our new minister, Eddie Sykes, brought to us the "Hanging of the Greens" which is a celebration at the start of the Advent season. We were reminded of many different symbols of Christmas as we decorated the church. Many different church groups took part in the service which was a great success. The church was full and the YF group provided us with hot chocolate afterwards!
The Christmas Tree was decorated and we were reminded how it came to prominence at Christmas time, starting with German Paradise Plays through to Martin Luther who is thought to have been the first person to use a lighted tree. He did this to be reminded of the radiant light which would have shone on that first Christmas Eve.
Evergreens were laid around the windows and the lecterns. Early Christians used evergreens because they don't change colour all year round. They are ever alive and symbolize the unchanging nature of God.
The "plugged In" group provided us with a nativity scene and presents
The YF group brought a Poinsettia plant which represents the flaming night star, particularly in South American countries.
We also thought about the advent candles and the colours of blue and purple and what they represent. If you have forgotten or weren't able to make it then why not join us another time to find out more!