Updated: Dec 20, 2020
We at Westview are getting ready for a very special time of the year. You’re probably thinking “Christmas” and you’d be…almost…correct. We’re actually getting ready for “Advent” which is the four Sundays BEFORE Christmas. Advent is a time of waiting / preparation FOR Christmas: the celebration of the birth of Jesus.
We have often marked the season of Advent INSIDE our church building. But this is really something to be shared with everyone. So this year (2020) we are taking Advent OUTSIDE! And we need your help.
Each week we will remember a different theme and we will ask for your participation. The first week of Advent begins on Sunday, November 29th. We will be turning on Christmas lights outside of our building to show the difference that God is making in dark times as he brings HOPE. We need your help to spread the word and direct people to our website. We will be directing people to an opportunity to give to the wider global community through Canadian Baptist Ministries’ "Hopeful Gifts for Change.”
Then, in the second week of Advent (“LOVE”) we will ask for you and the community around us to help us share that love by dedicating a ribbon on our outdoor Christmas tree to a loved one. This could be someone who has died and who you want to remember in a special way OR it may be someone who is alive and well and who you want to honour. There will be a list of dedications on our website and the ribbons will cover our outdoor Christmas tree.
Here’s a summary of what this Outdoor Advent will look like:
Week 1: “Hope” (beginning Sunday, November 29)
turning on Christmas lights and inviting people to check out our website
check out “Hopeful Gifts for Change”
Week 2: “Love” (Beginning Sunday, December 6)
putting up ribbons on the outdoor trees, each ribbon dedicated to a loved one
Week 3: “Joy” (Beginning Sunday, December 13)
collecting non-perishable food items for our Community Food Cupboard
encouraging you to donate toys to the Salvation Army “Toy Drive” at one of their drop-off points
Week 4: “Peace” (beginning Sunday, December 20)
a blessing to our community on an outdoor “blessing board.”
an outdoor nativity scene as a reminder that Jesus birth, and the peace he brings, is what Christmas is all about.
Thursday, December 24 – Christmas Eve
Livestream and In-building worship (as per local Health Unit Guidelines).
Keep checking our website for the latest Advent information.
Click here for some insights into Advent:
Click here for some Advent and Christmas music we will be hearing: