A very warm welcome to St John’s, Walton!
We’re a lively, friendly church seeking to “Know Jesus and make Him known” through being a “Community for the Community.” It would be great to welcome you in person at one of our Sunday services or Tuesday service and lunch.
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Our regular Sunday morning services....
9.00 am Holy Communion
10.45 am Family Celebration
Welcome to St John’s this morning!
Although church leaders have to start thinking about Christmas early, the shops will be thinking about it as soon as the previous one finishes. On a personal level though, I tend to leave my Christmas preparations and present buying until around 20th Dec, and then it ends up being something of a panic.
Advent is the start of the new church year and it always feel like we’ve arrived at the Christmas season as there is now no escaping the Christmas music and decorations, lunches and parties, movies and concerts and so on.
But, actually, Advent is not really about Christmas! It’s actually intended to be a season of quiet reflection when we search our hearts as we prepare ourselves for the glorious return/second coming of Jesus one day, hence the popular traditional Advent hymn “Lo, He comes on clouds descending”.
Regrettably, our frantic preparations for Christmas leave many people with little or no time for any kind of quiet reflection or self-searching, beyond perhaps asking again, “Why do I put myself through this every year?”
So why do we do Advent at the start of the new church year and not, for example, after Easter and have the church year start with Christmas day? I don’t think the date of Christmas is the most important detail as no-one knows for sure exactly when Jesus was born, but scholars think that it was probably in October. I can’t help thinking that celebrating Christmas in October would work better for us spiritually as it would then be followed by Advent.
I’m sure someone has answers to that but the important thing is that we make space to use Advent as a time to reflect on how Jesus might find us when He returns and prepare spiritually.
May your Advent be a deeply spiritual journey.
God bless, Nick