Welcome to Welwyn Advent Windows

Organised by St Mary's Church, Welwyn, a window will be 'revealed' somewhere in the centre of the village each day from 1st to 24th December to create a living Advent Calendar. Shops, pubs, businesses, homes and restaurants will host windows and some will create their own artwork. Others will be designed and produced by local artists and school and youth groups. The entire calendar will remain open until 30th December.

The theme this year is "Peace, Hope, Joy and Love". The artwork will be prepared by volunteers using a variety of media ranging from paintings, collage, stained glass effect, graffiti and sculpture. Many will be lit so they can be viewed after dark. A photograph of each new window will appear on the programme page the following day, so those who are not able to visit the village can follow the Advent Calendar via the internet.

For full details of all the windows and other events staged to coincide with their openings, see the programme page.

We are very grateful to Nigel Dowse of www.spectrumitsupport.co.uk for giving his time and expertise to create this website for us.

We hope you enjoy it!

A message from the Acting Team Rector

How often do you look through the window of a shop, restaurant, pub or indeed a house before you go in?

Windows are thresholds, viewing galleries, invitations and eye-pieces – they tell stories, they invite intimacies, they mark a divide. Advent, traditionally the start of the Christian year, does all of these things – it marks a beginning, it sets the scene for a story, it invites us into that story.

Each window in the Welwyn Advent Windows will also do these things – they will tell stories, they will invite us to come in, they will mark the days to Christmas.

Windows invite us to join in – so I am led to believe – singing, eating, merry-making, sometimes a glass or two – all are welcome. And many thanks to all those who are involved in making that invitation a warm and joyful reality.

Revd. David MunchinRevd. David Munchin


Please click on the link for details of all the Christmas services at St Mary's Church.

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Gothic House

Friday 24th December

Gothic House,
23 Church Street

Previous windows are shown on the
programme page.
For more information about the opening please visit our blog.

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