Making Advent Special


Advent Sunday is December 3rd and marks the beginning of an important time as we prepare for the birth of Christ, but also to welcome Him when he comes as Lord and King at His second coming. There are many ways we try to make this special.

  1. THE JESSE TREE. You'll see this on the big table at the front of church. The Jesse tree is a very old Christmas tradition dating back to medieval times. It's used to tell the Bible's story from the creation up to the birth of Jesus. The name Jesse comes from the name of Jesse the father of King David. In many ways, the Jesse tree depicts Jesus' family tree. A different symbol is added to the tree each day so why not come in and follow the story?
  2. THE ADVENT WREATH. Starting on Advent Sunday, we light a different candle on our Advent wreath in church. The lighting of each candle has a profound meaning. Advent Sunday: a purple candle known as the Candle of Hope which symbolises our desire to turn away from doing what we want and turning back to Jesus. But purple is also the symbol of royalty and so we anticipate the birth of King Jesus. The second candle, also purple, is called the Candle of Preparation  The third candle, thre Candle of Joy, is the pink candle and represents rejoicing as we turn from repentance towards rejoicing, but then the 4th candle is again purple, called by many The Candle of Love. Finally on Christmas Day we light the central white candle representing purity and light - the birth of Jesus.
  3. MARY AND JOSEPH SET OFF ON THEIR TRAVELS. See seperate page for details

If you want to know more about what Christians believe about Christmas, go to

Christmas events at St Laurence
Webpage icon Christmas events at St Laurence
Webpage icon Christmas@Measham: December 7th. How did it go?
Webpage icon The Christmas story for children
Webpage icon Or try this version of the story...
Webpage icon Mary and Joseph's journey
Webpage icon Ready Steady Stick - the Christmas party
Webpage icon The instant nativity play
Webpage icon Christmas Eve at St Laurence's
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