The Advent Festival

One of Spring Garden’s most beautiful festivals is approaching: Advent. This calm, reflective and musical event is an experience in how one’s inner light glows forth, even at this time of extreme darkness. As singers fill a darkened room with music, each child follows a spiral path of evergreens to a central, lit candle, lights a candle, and returning outward, places that candle along the spiral path. The aroma of pine, the music and the calm inward and outward walking creates a meditative environment; reflective of the experience of walking a labyrinth. From a single, central candle, the children add light to the spiral with their own candles, and at the conclusion, there glows forth the shared light of each child: from a single light comes many.

While parents and grandparents of students in the lower grades are invited to join their children’s classes for this festival, the 7th and 8th grade spiral is a private experience, attended only by the students and their teachers.

The schedule for the Advent Spiral Celebration is as follows:

Thursday, November 29th:

  • Class Eight 9:15 – 9:55
  • Class One 10:05 – 10:45
  • Class Two 10:55 – 11:35
  • Class Three 11:45 – 12:20
  • Class Five 1:10 – 1:35

 Friday, November 30th:

  • Ms. Mary/Ms. Roberta 8:45 – 9:15
  • Ms. Olga 9:25 – 10:00
  • Ms. Julie 10:10 – 10:50
  • Class Four 11:00 – 11:45
  • Class Six 1:10 – 1:50
  • Class Seven 2:00 – 2:35

Adult volunteers are very much needed for this event.   There will be a sign-up sheet outside the office.

  • Angel Voices: Singing with Mr. Grimes and Mrs. Carpenter as the children walk the advent spiral. You don’t need to be an expert to participate.
  • Winter Fairies: Reset candles and spiral throughout the day.
  • Winter Sprites: Invite the classes to the Advent spiral.


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