Sunday, Dec. 1 was the first day of Advent, the four-week period leading up to Christmas.
That morning at the Lowell United Methodist Church, Holly Gilboy with her children; Skyler, Georgia, and Sheldon lit the first purple candle in the Advent Wreath. It is a tradition that goes back all the way to German Lutherans in the 16th century.
The round shape symbolizes God’s infinite love, the evergreen leaves represent the hope of eternal life and each candle represents a Christian concept. The one lit this week symbolizes “Hope,” something Holly spoke about very movingly.
Afterward, the kids decorated gingerbread men. A candle will be lit each Sunday during services at 9:30 at the church on Lowell Road. There will be a Christmas pageant on Sunday, Dec. 22, and a Christmas Eve service on Tuesday, Dec. 24 at 6 p.m.
The public is invited to join in the services.