ADVENT WINDOWS 2023
A St. Mary’s Church Initiative for the Whole Community
Following three previous successful years, we are inviting you to take part in lighting up your windows this Advent 2023.
During the last 3 years, lighting up the windows has encouraged us to wrap up warm and to view the different portrayals of Advent and Christmas. Each presentation has been very individual including Santa, Angels, Snowmen, Kings, and many more. People have used their imagination in what materials they have included. One Window last year was made of all recycled items, and another made totally of Christmas baubles. Some have been very artistic, building on their previous experience, whilst others have been made by children for the first time.
This community fun event will run from 1st – 24th December, with the final window at St. Mary’s Church. There is no entry fee, it’s not a competition and adults and children are welcome.
How it works:
We need a minimum of 24 participants to decorate their windows. Each entry will be allocated a date when they will light up their window for the first time and to continue lighting up each day until 24th December. For those of us viewing the windows this will mean every day from 1st December a new window will be lit up to go and see, so that by 24th December there will be 24 windows in total to view. The windows will be lit from 5.00pm – 9.00pm each evening.
The windows can be designed and constructed from any media including lights, mobiles, cut outs etc. They can be as simple or technical as your artistic tendencies take you. They can be internal or external displays as long as they involve decorating your window. All the displays should relate to Advent / Christmas and can be humorous, artistic or topical.
Each house participating will be asked to:
- display a given number corresponding to the date their window is ‘opened’ to differentiate it from other residents who will have their own Christmas decorations.
- keep their window a surprise as far as is possible before the designated revealing evening
If you want to participate you need to:
- live in a house that has a window (upstairs or down) that can clearly be seen from the street without people coming onto your property
- be happy to keep the window illuminated each evening after it is ‘revealed’ until December 24th
We are aware that many people give their time and money to support a host of different charities. If you would like to put a charity box outside your house you would be most welcome. Just make sure you empty the box each evening.
For more information ring:
Glenys and Mike Tucker: 07922 109721, or
Jude and Nige Billingham: on 07516 112897
Please let Jude Billingham know by October 27th if you would like to decorate your window. You will need to supply your name, address, email address, telephone number, and any preference when you would like to light up your Window. Contact via email (email@example.com), by telephone (07516 112897), or text.
Please be aware that in agreeing to participate you are also agreeing to have your address identified on the windows map that will be made available so people can look for your window. No names or email will be shared without your permission.
This is a St. Mary’s initiative for the whole community