The Christian calendar is different from our day-to-day calendar. Instead of marking days, weeks and months, it follows important events in the life of Christ. The calendar moves through seven ‘seasons’ beginning in December with Advent, the season of hope followed by Christmas, Epiphany, Lent, Holy Week, Easter and finally, the Feast of Pentecost, sometimes called Whitsun. Prayers, hymns, Bible readings, decorations and sermons are all chosen to reflect each festival and to remind Christians that we are Christ’s kingdom on earth each and every moment of our lives.
|Advent||Christians get ready to welcome Christ on earth||Sermon|
|Christmas||Christ is born in a lowly stable in Bethlehem||Sermon|
|Epiphany||Christ is shown to the World as a new baby, traditionally to three wise men from the East||Sermon|
|Lent||Represents Christians searching for spiritual truth and resisting the temptation to give up||Sermon|
|Holy Week||The last week of Christís life on earth, ending with his sacrificial death on the cross||Sermon|
|Easter||Christís resurrection, evidence that God is always present through love, mercy, forgiveness and promises us all a new beginning||Sermon|
|Pentecost||The early followers of Christ received the Holy Spirit inspiring them to start the Christian Church||Sermon|