The Great ADVENTure!

The Great ADVENTure: Advent Traditions from Around the World!

"When the Holy Spirit comes on you, you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, all over Judea and Samaria, even to the ends of the world." Acts 1:8

For several weeks ECLC kids, youth, teachers, and volunteers have been part of a great ADVENTURE to the birth of the Christ Child. With Melissa's guidance we have journeyed to Vietnam, Russia, and Mexico through advent crafts, songs, prayers, and dance. This coming Sunday, at both the 8:15 and 11:00 a.m. worship services, we will share these traditions with you the congregation, family, friends, and neighbors, through a worshipful presentation, following the Advent liturgy.

YOU ARE INVITED to participate in The Great ADVENTure as we present:

Vietnam  Children made hats, like those worn in the rice fields. We will be sharing with you a Rice Dance, where countryside farmers cultivate rice by hand. We learned traditional Vietnamese Christmas greetings, including the common, "Chúc Mng Giang Sinh" which translates as "Congratulations Christmas!"

Russia  Children made paper Bubushka Dolls. Also called Matryoshka or nesting dolls. The story tells how Bubushka missed out on seeing Baby Jesus because she was too busy doing other things. We learned they have a different alphabet in Russia, but the same prayers. "прийти Господь Иисус" translates as Come Lord Jesus, which we will share with you on Sunday.

Mexico  Children made paper poinsettias, which you will see decorating our church windows. The Legend of the Poinsettia taught us how the poinsettia came to be, through a little girl's unselfish gift to the Christ Child, and the Mexican tradition of Las Posadas, a procession that is part of a reenactment of Joseph and Mary seeking shelter for Jesus' birth. In Mexico, the poinsettia is called flor de la Nochebuena--flower of the Holy Night.

During the regular Sunday School hour PK - K classes will meet as usual. GR 1 - 8 are invited to continue our journey with additional Advent activities and learning!

Feliz Navidad! ~ Kelly Rowley