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 "Journeys and Arrivals". 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.

Full details of all the windows and other events staged to coincide with their openings are available on the programme page.

We are very proud that Readers Digest Magazine has nominated us ‘Best Advent Calendar’ in their December ‘Best of British Christmas’ feature.  Not bad for a small but feisty English village!  You can see the article by clicking here.

You can see pictures of windows created in 2009 and 2010 by clicking on the year.

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!

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A message from the Acting Team Rector

The story of Christmas, the story of God become man, is central to the story of Christian faith. Yet even the word ‘story’ seems ambiguous here – surely it is not just a story?

Certainly it is a particular sort of story, but nonetheless it is a narrative – and like all the best stories it is uncertain of its destination, and it invites us to join in and become part of the story. Stories – and the biblical story is no exception – have their fair share of journeys and arrivals. A sense that we set off not quite knowing what lies ahead, and yet also with the feeling that if it were all to be mapped out, there would really be no point going.

Advent Windows reminds us that all our stories are ones in which we set out always to be surprised in one way or another by our destination. Join us on our travels….

Revd. David MunchinRevd. David Munchin

www.welwyn.org.uk

Church Services at St Mary's during Advent and Christams

Wed 30th November

9.00 pm

Compline

Sun 4th December

9.30 am

Parish Communion

Sun 4th December

11.15 am

40 Minutes Worship

Wed 7th December

9.00 pm

Compline

Sun 11th December

9.30 am

Parish Communion

Sun 11th December

3.30 pm

Christingle Service*

Sun 11th December

6.30 pm

Evensong

Wed 14th December

9.00 pm

Compline

Sun 18th December

9.30 am

Family Communion with Nativity*

Sun 18th December

6.30 pm

Candlelit Carol Service

Wed 21st December

9.00 pm

Compline

Sat 24th December

3.30 pm

Crib Service*

Sat 24th December

11.00 pm

Midnight Mass

Sun 25th December

9.30 am

Family Communion

* Services which are particularly appropriate for children of all ages

St Marys Church

Saturday 24th December

St Mary's Church


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

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