On the first Sunday of Advent a tree appeared in the narthex, decorated with tiny gold boxes labelled ‘HOPE‘ and featuring a somewhat different tree topper: “PWS&D” — the logo of Presbyterian World Service and Development, which is the relief agency of the Presbyterian Church in Canada.
The tree represents the Presbyterian Church in Canada’s challenge to do Advent differently, and each Sunday in December the PWS&D emphasis on ‘Hope‘, ‘Peace‘, ‘Joy‘ and ‘Love‘ has been focusing our attention on various ways we can help change the lives of people in developing countries.
Each Sunday an additional set of symbolic icons/decorations appears on the tree, each with bows that are colour-coordinated with the explanation on an adjacent poster. At Christmas we are challenged to review the needs and consider helping to meet them with a donation to PWS&D. Money or cheques made out to Haney Presbyterian Church and designated for PWS&D can be put on the offering plate or left at the church office anytime during the month of December, after which the treasurer will forward the donations.
Take a close look at the tree,
and then take the Advent Challenge!
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