As Andy Williams sang – it’s the most wonderful time of the year – as we count down to Christmas Day when we celebrate the birth of Jesus. This Christmas, our theme reminds us that – for all of the other gifts we may give or receive this year – the greatest gift of all is Jesus, whom God gave to us all.
Having spent most of last December in lockdown, we have a number of ways to enjoy the festive season this year, suitable for all ages.
Wednesday 1st-Friday 24th December
Advent Windows, various locations
For the fourth year running, Parklands Community Church has organised Advent Windows in both the Flowerdown Park and Locking Parklands communities. Every evening from 1st to 24th December, a different home will unveil a Christmas-themed window display that will stay up until after Christmas. See if you can find all 48 windows! Download the maps from the event’s news page (when posted nearer the 1st), or pick up a paper copy at any of our other Christmas events.
Sunday 5th December, 11am-Noon
Advent Service, Parklands Educate Together
As always, we will be holding our monthly gathering at Parklands Educate Together on the first Sunday of the month. There is an all-age mix of craft, singing, prayer and Bible stories from 11am, with refreshments available in the community room on arrival from 10.30am. In December, this will have an Advent theme.
Thursday 9th December
Christmas Craft-Bombing, various locations
Some of you may remember crochet stars being hung on the fences at Parklands Educate Together or the Chamberlain Road MUGA last Christmas. This year, we will be hanging crafted Christmas presents up across Parklands on Thursday 9th December (weather permitting). Please feel free to help yourself to one.
Saturday 11th December, 10am-Noon
Pop-Up Cafe, Parklands Educate Together
The Parklands Pop-Up Cafe returns to Parklands Educate Together on Saturday 11th December, from 10am til Noon. The monthly cafe offers a place for the community to meet up over a coffee and cake, with free Christmas-themed crafts available for children.
Sunday 12th December, 1-4pm
Family Christmas Trail, Flowerdown Park
We are running a Family Christmas Trail on Sunday 12th December from 1-4pm. Hidden in safe, outdoor spaces across Flowerdown Park will be pictures of Christmas Presents, all of which will be numbered. You need to look for the Christmas Present picture that has your map number on it. If you want to take part, you must buy a trail map from Parklands Community Church before 11th December so enough prizes can be bought and enough maps