During the 2018 Season of Advent, we will be exploring the characters and themes in the world of Narnia! C.S. Lewis wrote this delightful set of children’s books in the early 1950s and they have become a classic part of our childhood. Though written for children, they carry deep spiritual meaning and insights for all ages. Each week during Advent we will explore one of the many spiritual themes in the story. Our focus will be primarily on The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe.
As Advent approaches, I would encourage you to dust off your copy of the book and read it again; explore it with your children and maybe even watch the movie together with them.
On Saturday December 1st at 5pm we will have our Parish Messy Christmas Dinner at which time we will begin our journey through the wardrobe and into Narnia. Everyone is welcome to attend this dinner.
For the following Sundays, our sanctuary will be transformed into a picture of Narnia and we will have fun exploring these themes together through the children’s talk, the prayers and the sermon. Though some elements of our services will be enhanced to incorporate these themes don’t worry – it will still be Advent and much of the singing, readings and liturgical elements will remain the same.
Some may wonder about using this children’s story as part of our church life. It might seem foolish, silly or unnecessary. But, I would ask you to be open to the possibility that we might learn something new and profound about our faith with the help of this story. Jesus was a wonderful storyteller and the greatest truths we have come from His stories. C.S. Lewis tells the story of our faith with whimsy and delight and he longs for us to know God more deeply through this story.
In the telling of this story I would also love it if others might hear the Good News! Research shows that Advent is one of the best seasons of the year to invite friends and neighbours to church. People are thinking a little more about spiritual matters and many people are looking for concrete ways to fight back against our consumer culture. Therefore, this will be a Season of Invitation and I would encourage you to invite family, friends and neighbours to join you on a Sunday in Advent to explore the world of Narnia and to hear the Good News through images of beavers, Turkish delight, wardrobes, lampposts and inquisitive children.
I invite you to consider a walk in Narnia this Advent. Prepare for Christmas with a little foolishness and holy whimsy in order that we might receive God’s foolish and over flowing love for each one of us.
It is my hope and prayer that we will be drawn deeper into the story of our faith and our God as we hear it with new ears and in new ways this Advent season.
Aslan is on the move and I hope you will join us as we seek Him this Christmas!
Yours in Christ,