From the Chaplain
Year 2 & 3’s share the meaning of the Christmas Season
While the Christmas pageant marks the beginning of the Christmas season for the secular world, the Season of Advent marks the beginning of the Christmas season for Christians.
In our chapel services, students have had the opportunity to share what they enjoy about the Christmas season. Receiving presents, decorating the Christmas Tree, seeing Christmas lights, spending time with family, eating lots of yummy food and leaving treats for Santa were just some of the things that students said they enjoyed at Christmas time.
While we recognise the importance of all these important traditions and events, students also learned about the meaning of Advent, which is the foundation on which we can build all of our Christmas traditions.
The season of Advent lasts for four Sundays leading up to Christmas.
The colour of Advent is Purple. This colour reminds us to be prayerful and reflective.
The word “Advent” is from the Latin word meaning “coming.”
Advent is a time of waiting, of expectation and thinking about the birth of Jesus.
While it is challenging to keep this in mind during holiday celebrations, shopping, lights and decorations, and joyful carols, Advent is intended to be a season of prayer and reflection.
Advent is a season that also invites us to think of ways in which we experience hope, love, joy and peace in our lives and where we can bring hope, joy, peace and love into our world.
At our Kurrajong & Prep Chapel services the Year Two and Three classes wrote and read Advent prayers that expressed their desire for hope, love, joy and peace in our world.
May these beautiful prayers inspire you to be open to experiencing the hope, joy, love and peace of Christmas and may it in turn lead you and your families to bring love, joy, peace and hope to others as it is through these acts that we once again give birth to the true meaning of Christmas.
I am grateful that we get special gifts like yummy meals and presents. Please can you give good luck and many wishes to the army and soldiers because they might get hurt in the war and are separated from their families at Christmas. Amen
Thank you, Strong God for my life. Please help homeless people and animals because people keep chopping down trees and homeless people might die because they don't have any food. Amen
Thank you for giving me and my family a house. Please can you take special care of the sick people that can’t celebrate Christmas with their families. Amen
Please help families that have broken apart from someone who has died and help them have a happy Christmas. Thank you, Loving God for giving me great Christmas’s. Amen
Loving God, please help the people who cannot see their family at Christmas. Also help the sick people who are not well at Christmas. Thank you for Santa Clause. Amen
Thank you for Santa and Christmas. Please bring joy to the old people on Christmas Day so they won't be sad. Amen
Please bring hope to people in need. Having hope is the first step to making positive changes in your life. We pray that this school has hope in each other. Give hope to all the people here today. We want everything to turn out well with everybody. We want to wait patiently for things that You know are happening. Hope for ourselves that we will be better next time. Amen
Please bring peace to the world so there is less war and violence. Help us to communicate instead of fighting. Make the poor have peace by others helping them to not struggle for the things they need. We hope that being quiet and calm with help ourselves and others find peace. Amen
We pray for everyone who makes us happy. Let our friends give us joy at Christmas as we have good times together. Let us find joy in what we have and know we are lucky because there are others don’t have as much as we do. We want everyone to be happy. Amen
Please bring love to the world so there is more kindness. Help us to love each other and forgive people who have done the wrong thing. We feel love when we are with our friends and family. We love our best friends. We wish love for the people who need love throughout our year and this Christmas.
We pray this in your name,
Reverend Tracey Gracey