Stokesley Bear: November 2016
The title of the Methodist Women in Britain Circuit Day "It's all in the stars" was one that caught my imagination and as the event was held in Stokesley Methodist Church on Monday when Rebecca is often in the office, I decided to go along. Sitting down with a mug of hot tea I wondered what the day would hold. I didn't have long to wait as the ladies gathered around two trestle tables and we were asked if we had brought scissors. I hadn't but fortunately I didn't have far to go to the office to find some and I was ready to begin. We were handed out a pack with careful instructions and everything we needed to make our own star led advent journey. In four windows cut in card (one was pre-cut for us) we were to hang a star (one for each week of Advent) and write around the edge in silver or gold gel pen words that would help us reflect on the meaning of advent.
As a bear with limited movement, I left most of the cutting to Rebecca and stuck to a supervisory role making sure she was following the instructions. A difficult job as she had the card up-side-down to start with! We only had a short time to make our creations before lunch but we got there just in time and hung the first star of advent.
More ladies joined us for lunch and there was soup and a roll, a choice of trifle and cheesecake and tea/coffee. As Rebecca had some jobs to do in the office, I stay behind and joined the ladies for lunch. People kept arriving as the lunch things were being packed away ready for the service.
The service was themed on the stars and the story of the wise men who followed the star to find the baby Jesus. We were invited to join in singing carols that mentioned stars and star/wise men themed crafts. We were given an envelope at the start and throughout the service we were invited to look inside to see what we could find.
We had a star to remind us of the star we follow and how we can be like stars leading people to Jesus. We were invited to hang it somewhere we could see it every day so I hung mine around my neck.
There was a crown that we were asked the write the name of someone we wanted prayers for during advent. The crowns were collected up and we were given somebody else's name to pray for during Advent. There was even a gift box for us to make and put the crown and a sweet inside to take home.
The circuit advent day gave me a lot to ponder and do, I wondered whether I would remember it all. I found though the following the star through Advent gave me reasons to stop and 'paws' in the busyness.
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