Creating an Advent Wreath

Whether you’re familiar with the Advent Wreath or it’s a new concept for you, Hyde Park is taking a new approach to an favorite tradition this year. It’s likely that the use of Advent Wreath in the Christian tradition began in the home as a focal point of devotion. It was then adopted in regular worship services during the season of Advent, the four Sundays prior to Christmas. Because we will be celebrating Christmas in online worship services, we are providing ways for you to create an Advent Wreath for your own home.

Different Types of Wreaths

A coloring version is available at illustratedministry.com. Our Children’s and Youth Ministry will be distributing these materials during our Advent Kit Pick-Up Event on Nov. 29 and Dec. 2. Find more information here.

To make a traditional wreath, use a circular oasis and either artificial greenery or real greenery. The advantage of the artificial version is that you can use it again in future years. One made with real greenery requires periodic watering to keep the greenery fresh. Regardless of how you make it, the fundamental aspect of the wreath is a circle with four candles, representing that Jesus is the light of the world.

Resources

  • United Methodist Resources: umcdiscipleship.org – Search “Advent Wreath”
  • Crosswalk.com – Search “Advent Wreath”
  • Pinterest has many resources – Search “advent”

 Experience Christmas at Hyde Park United Methodist with all our events and worship services.

Managing Your Emotions after a Disaster or Traumatic Event

News of hurricanes, shootings and other events fill our news feeds.

Many of us feel a little discombobulated and ‘off.’

In late August, many people were trying to figure out how to respond to our neighbors in need in Texas and Louisiana following Hurricane Harvey, only to be hit with the news that another hurricane… Irma had formed and was heading towards Florida. We prepared, braced for Irma, spent time without power and cleaning up. Hurricane Maria followed in September, devastating many Caribbean islands, including Puerto Rico. This week brought the tragedy of the mass shooting in Las Vegas.

Dr. Erica Clark and the Rev. Sally Campbell Evans walk through some of the emotions you may be feeling.

If you feel the need to speak with a pastor, please call your church office.  If you need to speak with a counselor, please call 211 for help.