Sunday schools across Southern and Central California came together to welcome the 2018 season of Advent by attending Advent Fairs provided by the Christian Education Council. Advent Fairs were held simultaneously at both the Ararat Home in Los Angeles and the California Armenian Home in Fresno on Sunday, November 18, 2018. Students, parents, extended family members, teachers, superintendents, clergy, and ACYO members all came together to celebrate this year’s event. The theme for the day was, “Star of Wonder, Star of Night,” and centered on the Nativity star.
Our children gained a better understanding of Advent through thoughtful lessons, singing songs, and a making a Christmas door hanger craft, which they presented to the residents to display on their doors throughout the Advent Season. Most importantly, our children were given time to interact with the Ararat Home and Armenian Home residents in a truly meaningful way. It is important for us to provide our children with authentic and meaningful opportunities to serve all people within the Armenian community, especially our elderly. The CEC keeps this at the forefront of the events they design as well as the lessons they prepare for each Sunday. We are hopeful that our children will keep the true meaning of Advent in their hearts at Christmas and always.
Our Sunday school in San Diego organized a slightly different event to kick-off the Advent season by . . . QUILTING! Using their handprints and with the creative assistance of church member and quilter Marsha Zakaroff, students, teachers, parents, and interns worked together to make beautiful quilts for infant children in Karabagh. What a special project and a truly inspiring way to begin Advent!
The CEC and our Sunday schools strive each week to bring our children closer to God, their faith, and their Armenian culture so they may have a lifetime relationship with Jesus Christ. We are always thankful for your support and participation in this endeavor. May you have a blessed Advent and holiday season.