Advent Windows returned this Christmas to bring the good news of Christmas into the community from 1-24th December. During this time decorated windows in Toton were lit up from 6-8pm each evening to reveal the story of the first Christmas. We were able to visit a new window every day and enjoy outdoor seasonal refreshments. How many windows did you visit?
Here is the full story:
God has proclaimed "Look, your Saviour is coming"
The people walking in darkness have seen a great light.
The angel said "Mary, you will become pregnant and give birth to a son."
Mary was engaged to Joseph, a carpenter from Nazareth.
The angel said "you will name him Jesus."
Caesar issued a decree that a census should be taken. Everyone went to their own town to be registered.
Joseph and Mary travelled from Nazareth in Galilee to Bethlehem in Judea.
They stayed in a stable because there was no room for them in the inn.
That night a Saviour was born - Christ the Lord.
Mary wrapped Jesus in swaddling clothes and laid him in a manger.
Mary treasured up everything that had happened and pondered them in her heart.
There were some shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night.
A great company of angels appeared, praising God.
The angel told the shepherds to go to Bethlehem to see the baby.
Mary gave birth to her first son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger.
For God so loved the world that He gave His only son.
Jesus said "I am the light of the world. Whoever follows Jesus will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.
Glory to God in Heaven and on earth peace to all.
This is good news for you which will bring great joy for all the people.
Strangers from the east, men who studied the stars, observed a new star in the eastern sky.
Day twenty one:
The wise men followed the star which went ahead of them.
Day twenty two:
The star stopped over the place where the child was.
Day twenty three:
The wise men presented the baby Jesus with gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh.
Day twenty four:
Unto us a child is born; unto us a son is given.