Festivals

Many thanks to Revd Mary Hawes for many of the links and much of the information here. Check out the information below on some of the resources and information on festivals. Do let us know of more. 

Advent

The New Year for the Church starts on Advent Sunday, the fourth Sunday before Christmas. Advent is the time when the Church gets ready for the coming of Jesus, celebrated at Christmas. Themes of Advent are hope, darkness & light, repentance, watchfulness, preparation, expectation, & anticipation.

Advent resources

 

Excellent pinterest board on Advent & Christmas by Mary Hawes

http://bit.ly/2DvS845

Advent in 2 minutes - Excellent youtube resource on advent

http://bit.ly/1ZR18oo

Re:Quest has Advent information & resources, click on the Festivals icon at the top and scroll down

http://bit.ly/2ZrmcXX

 

Advent resources from BRF - downloadable, tried and tested

http://bit.ly/2PqAQdc

All-Age Advent Service from ROOTS in four parts. Starting with creation, it moves to the Old Testament promise of justice, the coming of the Saviour and finally the expression of hope in Revelation.

http://bit.ly/2UFrgo0

The Real Advent Calendar - The Real Advent Calendar is a Fairtrade Advent calendar with a free 24 page Christmas story-activity book. 

http://bit.ly/2GDWTu8

Story books for Christmas and Advent

http://bit.ly/2VfluOf

Gifts for the Christ Child

http://bit.ly/2XCicC7

 

Christmas

Christmas resources

 

Excellent pinterest board on Advent & Christmas by Mary Hawes

http://bit.ly/2DvS845

Advent resources from BRF - downloadable, tried and tested

http://bit.ly/2PqAQdc

Re:Quest has Advent information & resources, click on the Festivals icon at the top and scroll down

http://bit.ly/2ZrmcXX

 

Lent

Lent is a season of forty days beginning with Ash Wednesday and ending on Holy Saturday. It is a time of reflection, repentance and preparation before the celebrations of Easter. The length of the season, 40 days, reflects the time Jesus spent fasting in the wilderness before he began his ministry. Each Sunday in lent is counted as a feast day, and so the 6 Sundays in Lent are excluded from the 40 days.

Excellent Pinterest Board for Lent, Holy Week and Easter from Mary Hawes

http://bit.ly/2nvQjuK

Lent & Holy Week resources from BRF

http://bit.ly/2XJorUN

Ash Wednesday and Lent in two minutes: a video resource from Busted Halo

http://bit.ly/1bLiy0e

 

Holy Week in two minutes: a video resource from Busted Halo

http://bit.ly/1h5RhU3

A wide range of Lent ideas

http://bit.ly/2W49agC

 

An Intergenerational event for Lent

http://bit.ly/2ISur9j

 

Lent resources from the Children's Society

http://bit.ly/2GsV5Ty


Lent & Holy Week photos to prompt discussion & creative ideas

http://bit.ly/2GBoqLM

 

Mothering Sunday

Mothering Sunday, the 4th Sunday in Lent, often called Mother’s Day, sometimes called Laetare (joyful) Sunday. It's a day when all aspects of Mothering is celebrated - the mothering of Mothers, extended family, carers, significant people whose love has shaped our lives and of the Mother Church.

The Children's Society

http://bit.ly/2XCvzlD

 

Round the clock care - celebrating carers on Mothering Sunday, a children's session from ROOTS on the Web

http://bit.ly/2viBd0f

Excellent Mothering Sunday Pinterest board packed with ideas and links, from Mary Hawes

http://bit.ly/2KVe6U2

 

Some great downloadable ideas from BRF

http://bit.ly/2PsMFPW

 

Easter

Excellent Pinterest Board for Lent, Holy Week and Easter from Mary Hawes

http://bit.ly/2nvQjuK

Lent & Holy Week resources from BRF

http://bit.ly/2XJorUN

 

Pentecost

The festival of Pentecost comes 50 days after Easter and marks the time when the first disciples received the gift of the Holy Spirit (Acts 2).

Pentecost ideas from BRF

http://bit.ly/2XGpnZX

 

A dramatic reading for Pentecost from ROOTS

http://bit.ly/2W48mZl

 

A Pinterest Board for Ascension, Pentecost and Trinity

http://bit.ly/1O94Vqt

 

Harvest

An early Harvest Festival used to be celebrated at the beginning of the Harvest season on 1 August and was called Lammas, meaning 'loaf Mass'. Farmers made loaves of bread from the fresh wheat crop. These were given to the local church as the Communion bread during a special service thanking God for the harvest.

The modern British tradition of celebrating Harvest Festival in churches began in 1843, when the Revd Robert Hawker invited parishioners to a special thanksgiving service at his church in Cornwall. Victorian hymns such as We plough the fields and scatter, Come ye thankful people, come and All things bright and beautiful helped popularise his idea of harvest festival and spread the annual custom of decorating churches with home-grown produce for the Harvest Festival service.

As British people have come to rely less heavily on home-grown produce, there has been a shift in emphasis in many Harvest Festival celebrations. Increasingly, churches have linked Harvest with an awareness of and concern for people in the developing world for whom growing crops of sufficient quality and quantity remains a struggle. Development and Relief organisations often produce resources for use in churches at harvest time which promote their own concerns for those in need across the globe.

List of downloadable ideas from BRF

http://bit.ly/2Prrb63

 

Youtube video from caritas about sharing food

http://bit.ly/1uSV0LA

 

Early Years Harvest celebration from Care for the Family

http://bit.ly/2W8I88c

 

Pinterest board on Harvest from Mary Hawes

http://bit.ly/2IDVVjO

 

List of Harvest links from the Evangelical Alliance

http://bit.ly/2IFZN42

 

Together in the Harvest - A-Rocha

http://bit.ly/2PtghNb

 
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steve@saltshaker.org.uk

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