- by Carolyne Volpe Curley / Carolyne@WestEssexNOW.com
Following the crafting period, there will be a brief Advent devotional followed by a carol sing. The Advent Festival will be held in the church’s Fellowship Hall, located at the Westville Avenue side of the church complex; the hall is easily accessible by elevator.
The festival will offer the opportunity for both families and individuals to prepare for Christmas with a warm and welcoming congregation. It marks the beginning of Advent, a period of readying for Christmas. Fifteen different craft stations will offer a variety of choices and all supplies will be provided at no cost. Although volunteer helpers will be on hand at each table, parents are encouraged to work with young children, as this is intended to be an opportunity to promote family togetherness. Older children, teenagers, and adults will find it easy to participate alone or with a friend.
This year’s projects include:
- Family Advent wreaths
- Wood and slate “Countdowns to Christmas”
- Hand-decorated plates
- Tree ornaments
- Christmas decorations
The crafting sessions will end at 4pm and will be followed by a brief devotional time centering on the First Sunday of Advent, led by Senior Pastor Dr. Rick Sommers. The afternoon will conclude with a short carol sing led by church members Rey Mercado and Kris George.
Registration is necessary to ensure that enough materials can be ready for each craft. Please call the church office at 973-228-0310.
There is no cost to participate, but attendees are invited to contribute a staple item to be donated to the Caldwell emergency food pantry.
“The Advent Festival is open to all in the community so that
our church can share the joy of the season,” commented Lynne Stoddard,
a church member who is co-chairing the festival along with her husband, Jack.
“It’s free and it’s fun!
Many church member volunteers have been working hard
over the last several months to purchase and prep the materials
so that everybody can have a great time.
It is a wonderful way to get into the Christmas spirit.”
The First Presbyterian Church at Caldwell
Senior Pastor Dr. Rick Sommers
326 Bloomfield Avenue
Caldwell, NJ 07006
973 - 228 - 0310
The First Presbyterian Church at Caldwell is a place where people gather to know, love, and serve Christ in their daily lives. More than 850 members of all ages grow closer to God seven days a week through Bible study, fellowship, and support groups in this historic church.