Every year, throughout Advent, St Michael & All Angels displays 24 pictures in its Advent Calendar, online and in the church – and this year it has a new look. Just click on the doors and see what happens! The first door is opened on Advent Sunday – which this year is November 27th – and the other doors will be opened on the appropriate days. This year the works have been created by 24 children from St Michael & All Angels.
As well as acting as a focus for our worship in the run-up to Christmas, the pictures are used to publicise – and raise money for – our annual Christmas Charity Appeal, ‘opening doors for people in need’. This year, the Appeal proceeds will go in their entirety to our three 2016 charities:
- The Upper Room, feeding the community in need in West London
- Msaada, helping people in Rwanda become self-sufficient
- The Mulberry Centre in Isleworth, offering support to anyone affected by cancer.
The original pictures are displayed in the church on a beautiful Advent Calendar frame, created by local artists Jim Cox and Glynis Porter. Every day until Christmas Eve, another door will be opened. You will also be able to see the pictures in Turnham Green Terrace.
Collections from two of our Christmas services – Nine Lessons and Carols on December 18th and the Crib Service on Christmas Eve – will all go to the charities, as will money raised by our carol singers at Turnham Green tube station on Wednesday December 14th and our Love Theatre event. You can also put money in the green Advent jar in the church, or send a cheque.