We have two weeks left before the end of term. In that time we need to get through 7 Christmas services or nativities (they’ll all be different, as exegesis of the biblical narrative or the struggle to remember lines reaches epic proportions), 3 Christingle services, a Christmas lunch (please, please, NOT broccoli!), a Christmas Cracked presentation for Y6 by the wonderful team from Bridgebuilders, and the annual, highly competitive X-Factor show that keeps everyone noisily busy on the last morning of term.
Before all that, however, and slipping into the calendar nearly unnoticed between Black Friday and “Cyber Monday” was the beginning of Advent, when we try to square the circle of anticipation of the birth of Jesus in humility and squalor and the trembling expectation of the great king who will return to put all wrongs right and fulfil all the works done in anticipation of his arrival by his faithful church. Put like that, the Friday looks rather black and the Monday rather toothless and pathetic.
At school, Advent is a time to give children the opportunity to reflect on the way that we will welcome the king, join him on his peace mission, consider the gifts he brings and that we can give in return, and generally quieten down a bit!
Helena, Judy, Tracey and a cast of thousands have beautified Soul Space at Christ the Sower and prepared a stable fit for a king. See what you think of these:
I am constantly amazed and grateful at the rich imagination shown by the teachers at Christ the Sower in making available to children difficult concepts of the church year, with such simplicity and ease. This is a way in to people’s lives for the gospel of Jesus that is totally unthreatening but gives enough of the reality and expectation of it to be true to the theology.