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Advent Festivals

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Churches & Circuits around the District are celebrating Advent in all sorts of wonderful ways. Local communities, schools & groups are joining in the festivities and learning about the true meaning of Advent and Christmas.

Grove Street Methodist Church in the Trinity Circuit held their Star Festival over the last two weekends in November. Around 500 people visited including a local school and donated over £2,000 towards the work of the Church. An army of dedicated volunteers made it happen, along with the help of the Salvation Army Band and The Edwardian Singing Group providing additional entertainment.

The Crib festival at Bakewell Methodist Church in the Peak Circuit welcomed visitors between 10th – 13th December. The church was decorated with many wonderful nativity scenes and visitors were treated to live music from Circuit Superintendent Revd. Adrian Perry.

Millhouses in the Sheffield Circuit hosted a Christmas Tree festival where church members, community groups & the local traders decorate trees in the church. Over 240 school children have visited the display and discussed the theme of “The Greatest Gift” they have also shared their own artwork which has been displayed.

In Doncaster Circuit Mary and Joseph have been Journeying to Bethlehem visiting churches and taking part in Messy Church, coffee mornings and Open the Book preparations. Mary, Joseph and the Donkey have been cleverly made from cardboard boxes and painted.

In the Rotherham & Dearne Valley Circuit people have been creating Advent gardens to display at home to remind everyone the “reason for the season” A very special donkey also arrived at Central Methodist Church and Clifton played host to a carol service.

The children and young people from around the District have been sharing prayers, bible readings and reflections throughout Advent. You can watch them on our youtube channel they are all in a handy playlist.

If you have anymore Advent stories to share please email

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