This Advent our spiritual preparation for Christmas included an exploration of the gifts of hope, peace, joy and love through creativity and the arts. Each week we welcomed someone from our faith community who shared their creative gift and how their art form is an expression of their own spirituality and the Advent gift we celebrate on that Sunday.
The Congregation also participated in a congregational art project. Each week as part of our Advent Journey Supper Gatherings we coloured giant murals telling the story of the Advent journey to Christmas.
We welcomed Christine MacLeod as our Advent Artist-in-Residence for our December 3rd gathering.
Christine reflected on the gift of Hope and the creative expression of music.
We welcomed Ruth Flanagan as our Advent Artist-in-Residence for our December 10th gathering.
Ruth reflected on the gift of Peace and Quilting. ("Peace by Piece")
We welcomed David Kelly as our Advent Artist-in-Residence for our December 17th gathering.
David is a Metal Art Fabrication Artist and welder by trade. He reflected with us on the gift of Joy.
We welcomed Jim Slupsky as our Advent Artist-in-Residence for our December 24th gathering.
Jim spoke on behalf of his wife who was not able to attend. He reflected with us on the gift of Love and how its exemplified with their tradition of Bread making for the Advent season.