By Loretta Fulton
The season of Advent, the four-week period of anticipation and reflection leading to Christmas, got off to a joyful, musical, and fun start in Abilene Dec. 3.
Several churches held events that ranged from a bell choir concert to messy, but fun, chrismon-making, to an auction of chocolate “church mice” and other goodies.
The Canterbury Adult Bell Choir at the Episcopal Church of the Heavenly Rest rang in the season with a joyful and uplifting concert that followed an open house in the church’s new parish hall.
First Baptist Church and First Central Presbyterian Church both held family activities that included making chrismons, which are tree ornaments in the shape of religious symbols, to take home. Every five years, larger chrismons are made to hang on the tree in the church’s sanctuary, said Becky Tucker, pastor for children & women’s ministry.
In 2011, when Tucker first took on her current position, she noticed that the old chrismons were looking a little dated.
“We decided back in 2011 to make new ones,” she said.
Now, new ones are made for the church tree every five years. The other four years, families make them to take home. Rocky and Amy McAdams and their two children, Brinley and Cason, make it a habit to make new chrismons each year to add to the family tree.
“It’s a fun tradition,” Amy said.
At First Central Presbyterian, a pastry auction was held, along with dinner and chrismon-making. The chocolate “church mice” may not have raised the most money, but they did bring the most “ahs.”
Proceeds from the auction, held each year on the first Sunday of Advent, go to youth missions. Several of the youth who took part in a local mission last summer, with Love & Care Ministries, talked about the experience,
“We learned how it feels to be homeless,” Victoria Rodriguez said.