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Advent & Christmas

 
Advent and Christmas is the best and the worst time of year. For many people it is full of happy memories, time with loved ones, family traditions and the pleasure of giving and receiving presents. But it's also a time of stress, worry about money, putting up with difficult relationships and trying to fit everything in, when there just isn't enough time.

We would love to help you have the very best Advent and Christmas this year. With that in mind we have a range of different things to offer.
 
If you would like help to stop and slow down, we have creative online reflections for you to use in your own prayers in Advent - one for each week. They're based on some of the stars that appear in the bible, and follow our 'Follow the star' theme. You can find them at the bottom of this page.
 
If you would like a chance to enter the story of Christmas, we've got a whole range of services, from the beauty of the traditional Nine Lessons and Carols Service, to the family fun of the Nativity Service on Christmas Eve to the happy buzz of a Christmas Day service.

 
And we're going to be following the star around our villages with our Advent Window challenge - 25 houses, shops and business in Goudhurst, Kilndown and Curtisden Green will each decorate a window for one of the days in Advent. You'll know them because they will each have a star and the relevant number for that day. See if you can find them all....and there's a prize for whoever finds the most. Check in here for updates as Advent comes close.  

If you want to do something practical that challenges the consumerism and hype of Christmas, and gets you back to the real meaning of Christmas, when a fragile baby was born into poverty, then join in our Advent Giving challenge - every day we'll be suggesting one small thing that you could give to a small school that we support in rural Zambia. We're posting them every day to our Facebook page and there are collection points for anything you want to give in Goudhurst and Kilndown churches and in Goudhurst and Colliers Green Primary Schools.
 
And because Christmas can be difficult, especially for anyone who has lost a loved one or anyone who knows someone who is suffering, the  Memory Tree will be up in St Mary's from Sunday 9 December, offering an opportunity for you to write the name of someone you love and hang it on the tree.
Follow the Star
Church Office & Vicar - 01580 211739   hugh.nelson@ymail.com