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Our Advent Blogs – Dec 2020
Lucy B’s blog
This year is a very different year indeed. The carol service that is usually in church was in the hall! (It was actually more relaxing with no audience.)The boys sang a marvellous rap. The wreath that we have known as an advent wreath is round to show that Jesus’s love will never end. The sticks are made of twigs from an ever green tree that means that it will stay green all year round and they will not go brown. We made Christingles and know I will tell you what each bit represents. The candle represents Jesus the light of the world the four cocktail sticks represent the four corners of the earth and the four seasons. These are what the candles of advent represent. The purple candle represents hope, the second purple candle represents love, the third represents joy, the fourth represents peace and the last candle is the candle of Christ the Christ candle.
We have a calendar every year and we get chocolate (that is probably my favourite bit of advent.) But that doesn’t mean we have to forget the true meaning of Advent. The true meaning of Advent is getting ready for Jesus coming. We can show that we are ready not by putting your Christmas tree up (which is what I wanted to do since January!) but giving food to the food bank or giving donations to people less fortunate. Giving just a few pounds will make a change. For example the Salvation Army we donated £23.00 that will go towards an old person that is tired to get a meal on wheels and they don’t just drop the food of they stay for a chat and a cup of tea.
This song is about the Angel Gabriel I’m going to summarise it for you so you know and understand what it means.
The Angel Gabriel from heaven came, with wings as drifted snow, with eyes as flame:
“All hail to thee, O lowly maiden Mary,
Most highly favoured lady.’’ GLORIA!
The Angel Gabriel from Heaven came means the Angel came down from Heaven to give Mary the brilliant news!
With wings as drifted snow with eyes as flame means that the song is describing the appearance of the Angel.
All hail to thee O lowly maiden Mary it means praises to Mary All hail to you.
Most highly favoured lady means that she is deeply blessed.
Grace G’s blog
This year has been very different, the pandemic has caused a lot of different things to happen ,but that did not stop us carrying out our Advent service. This year, we had to film our advent service in the hall but, unfortunately, we couldn’t perform it with Fairsnape!.So we had to film separately and edit the songs and readings together. Yesterday, we made Christingles with an orange,red ribbon,a candle and its base as well as four cocktail sticks. The red ribbon represents Jesus’ blood when he sacrificed himself on the cross ,the orange is the world God made for us, the candle is Jesus and God the light of the world ,the cocktail sticks are the four seasons of the year and can sometimes mean North, East, South and West if I am honest the most fun part was eating the sweets at the end! Assemblies – when we do our Assemblies Mr Gilmour has to send us an assembly and because we are in the four weeks of Advent he would send us an assembly about the meaning of the week which is peace!
We have made calendars for our parents or grandparents and every year we make them a different way ,this year we sewed ours! We also made cards and we did a bauble design (I loved it)
We got to decorate the inside of the card however we wanted and as well as decorating the envelope.
On Tuesday we went to the food bank at Inglol to deliver the food. We brought juice and selection boxes (I brought in some juice) – there was so much food when we looked inside. Unfortunatley, we couldn’t go in but the doors were open and I could see all of the food and nappies and sanitary products. We are glad all of the food and juice will go to people who can’t afford their weekly shop and cant still got much from the supermarket .It’s times like this where we don’t consider all of the people who don’t get presents like what we would get most of us would ask for a new phone or a laptop but they just ask for a healthy family and happiness.
One of my favourite songs to sing at this time of year is Away in a Manger.
Be near me ,lord Jesus:
I think that means lord Jesus stay with me throught the bad time and keep me safe.
I ask thee to stay close by me forever and love me I pray:
I think this part mean I need you to keep me safe and I want you to love me even when I do something wrong.
Bless all the dear children in thy tender care:
In my opinion this means make sure all the children in poor care get looked after well get fed well and don’t feel sad
And fit us for heaven to live with thee there:
I think that it is asking for people to be good for heaven and to learn life lessons to be good enough for heaven
Decorating the Christmas tree!
It was so much fun to decorate the tree I loved taking funny photos and singing songs, decorating the tree will be a year six memory I will never EVER forget!
Isla J’s blog
What a year it’s been. This Christmas is not going to be the same as any other.
In school, our Advent service was filmed in the hall. Usually, we would practise in church and all of our parents would come and watch us but this year, we are sending the video out for the parents to watch at home.
We created our own Christingles: the orange represents the world Jesus created. The cocktail sticks represents the four corners of the earth. The sweets represents the gifts God gave us. The red ribbon represents Jesus’ blood – the ribbon almost had my blood on it because I pricked my self with a cocktail stick . Last, but not least, the candle represents Jesus the light of the world.
Last week year six’s went to the food bank. People brought donations to school so we could take them to the foodbank on the way back, we all had really good fun. It felt good to be helping those in need at such a special time of year.
Some people use advent calendars to count down to the big day in class, we use a wheel of names to decide who gets the chocolate. In Advent we to say sorry to God for sometimes thinking of our selves and not really caring about others and not caring about God .
There are five candles on the advent wreath then each week a candle gets lit but this year we can’t go to church so we do an assembly: the first candle is hope and we prepare for the coming of Jesus, the second candle is peace in that time we need to care for others and be happy, the third candle represents joy. The fourth one is love we need to love and care for Jesus.
Some people go to church to confess and say sorry to God for thinking about no one but themselves and they might have done something wrong and they want God to forgive them.
“O star of wonder star of night. This song means the star in the sky that night was the brightest and showed the king were to go. Also, Jesus is the light of the world, he can show us the way through life.”
Well, what a year it has been! This year, it has been very different due to the fact that Coronavirus has been around. Everything has to be done differently, especially things in school. This said, there’s no excuse not to celebrate Christmas, and forget about Advent…
Advent is the time where we prepare for the Birth of Jesus. It starts on December 1st, and we count down to Christmas Day. You might have an Advent calendar at home, and you open it every day to see a chocolate! I have one, and we also have one in class.
We carry out things in Beacon class for Advent too. As I said earlier, we have an Advent calendar in class, and we also made Christingles. Christingles are made up of an orange, cocktail sticks, fruit/sweets, a candle and red ribbon. The orange represents the world, the red ribbon shows us the pain Jesus experienced on the cross, and also his blood. It can also represent God’s love. The cocktail sticks mean either North, East, South and West, or the four seasons (Spring, Summer, Autumn & Winter). The fruit or sweets represent the gifts God gave us when he created the world, and most importantly the candle means Jesus, the light of the world. We also perform an Advent Service every year in church, but this year we had to record it -in the hall- on video due to Covid-19. Everybody still performed amazingly! We also enjoyed a Christmas dinner in the hall, we pulled crackers and sang along to the Christmas music! It was so fun!
You will probably decorate your house for Christmas, too, and that shows you are getting ready for the coming of Jesus. You put your Christmas tree up, and put decorations around the house – everyone does!
During Advent, we use the colour purple. We have a purple cloth in the prayer corner in class, and we light a purple candle whenever we do mini assemblies. We use purple because it shows reconciliation. Reconciliation means saying sorry. As a Christian, you might go to confession during advent to say sorry for the things you have done. We have the four Sundays of Advent as well, and we light a special candle every Sunday. There are 5 candles altogether: 3 purple ones, one pink one and an important white one for the 25th. The candles even have meanings! The first candle we light on the first Sunday of December (it’s a purple one) represents Hope. The second one (another purple one) means Love. The second Advent candle is also called the Bethlehem candle, and it signifies the journey of Joseph and Mary. The third one (it’s pink) symbolises Joy, and the fourth one (purple) means peace. We also light a fifth one (the white one) on Christmas day. You might think Christmas is all about getting presents, but unfortunately some children and even adults don’t get to enjoy receiving presents, and they might not even get the basic things they need to live. That’s why Year 6 went to a food bank to donate food. Our whole class donated things like pasta, cordial and selection boxes, and we took it all to the food bank. Even if you just buy something little, it can make a big difference. During Christmas, please don’t think about yourself- think about those who don’t have enough.
During our Advent service, we sing “Away In A Manger”. This is what I reckon some of the lines mean. “Be near me, Lord Jesus, I ask thee to stay” I think this line suggests people are asking for Jesus to be near them, and they don’t want him to leave their side.
“Close by me for ever, and love me, I pray.” I suspect this line means everyone wants Jesus with them for ever, and they want Jesus to love them.
“Bless all the dear children in thy tender care,” I believe this indicates that everybody wants God to bless the children that are in Hospital, or maybe other places that aren’t their home.
“And fit us for heaven, to live with thee there.” This probably means that Jesus will help us to be like him so we can live in heaven with him.