Advent is not about decorations, shopping, wrapping, pictures, parties, stressing, or the receiving of gifts. Advent is about waiting, expecting, observing, praying, hoping, and preparing for the arrival of Christ. In Advent, we remember that God gave himself in Christ to the world. In response, we are called to serve those who need to experience God’s love and grace. The projects we did at Sharing HOPE Night were ways for everyone who attended to serve.

One of the most exciting projects (and absolutely the loudest) was the building of a box as a reminder for families to bring food for Sherbourne UMC Food Pantry. Young and old were eager to grab the wood needed, a hammer and nails. The next most engaging project was the tying of nots to make pillows for UMFS residential students. Prior to the event, Trinity’s Stitchers prepared the pieces of fleece for tying.

Each pillow took a little time, but we completed all 40 pillows. In addition, we rolled socks for a foot-washing ministry, wrapped candy, made dog & cat toys, and made cards & ornaments for the elderly.

Some also were able to experience the Advent prayer walk.

The evening was topped off as we shared a wassail punch toast, warm winter soup & bread, and decorated sugar cookies.