banner
  Home     About CEL    Sitemap     E-mail    Events   Resources     New-on-website     Links  

Click here for
CEL's New Website
greenchristian.org.uk

This is CEL's old archive website:
1998-2012.Use it for archive

1. Useful resource & archive material:above & in left margin
2. Old News on CEL's Index page - April 2012 back to 1998
3. Old New pages on website -July 2012 back to Aug 1998
CEL home > CEL home >Resources > Articles for magazines > November 2008
Press Releases
News + Archives
New on website
CEL Campaigns:
  LOAF
  ecocell
  Rainforest
CEL Supported Campaigns:

 

24 Jan 2015 - Ecocell day workshop on Energy and Housing
A Green Christian Way of Life CEL-Weekend Retreat May 29-31 Ringsfield, Beccles
Events of other organisations

 

Become a member:
Donate

 

Prayer Guide
Email Prayer Network
Local CEL groups
18-30s
Blogs of CEL et al

 

LOAF
Hymns
Creationtide - harvest festivals
Leaflets, courses, reports, briefing papers, plays

 

Issues
Transition Towns

 

Weblinks - links

 

 

Village Green Corner -  Articles for you to use in your church magazine.

For new articles and articles added since March 2012 see new website:- http://www.greenchristian.org.uk/archives/category/parish-articles

November Village Green Corner 2008

November Church Magazine Article for 'Reclaim Christmas':

  Advent: Putting the waiting back into wanting

 

Do you feel at all stressed by the coming of Christmas? Are you troubled about all the money you still have to spend on presents and food, decorations and travel? If we let it, the financial crisis will just add to this anxiety, making us more worried about all the money we are spending. That's if we let it. How about if we don't? How about if we use the credit crunch to make us reign-in our spending, to turn our focus away from buying stuff and reclaim the true spirit of Advent!

*As Fr Christopher Jamison (BBC "Monastery") writes in his forthcoming book:

"Advent is the traditional month of preparation before Christmas, a time of fasting and intense prayer, a time of eager expectation. It is above all a time to celebrate waiting as a normal part of human experience, when the Christian tradition invites us to wait for the birth of a child. In Advent we rejoice that we are waiting, that there is still time to prepare a way for the Lord and we celebrate the virtue of patience. By contrast, the consumer world tells us not to wait but to 'buy now.' Greed cannot wait, so to learn to wait is a simple antidote to greed."*

So this Advent, why not pray now and buy later? And while you are praying, make some of these great alternative presents from the Canadian web site www.buynothingchristmas.org :

•  Create coupons for a massage, spring cleaning, child-minding, a lesson on something you are skilled in etc.

•  Knit a stocking, hat, socks, etc.

•  Videotape and interview your parents about childhood memories, how they met, etc., and give to siblings or children.

•  Bake some treats and pack in a recycled container.

•  Frame a piece of your artwork.

•  Give away a valued possession.

•  Make a puppet from a sock.

•  Make a calendar with pictures of family members and/or scenery.

•  Make a soothing, herb pillow filled with lavender, rose, etc.

•  Make a birdseed ball.

•  Make hand-made soap or candles.

From Operation Noah's 'Reclaim Christmas' campaign.

For more inspiration and ideas go to www.operationnoah.org

*this section may be omitted if short of space


ACTION:
Use this article - and follow the suggestions

Name
Email

Privacy Policy

Sign up
for prayer guide
- a prayer for each day

Join CEL's Facebook group & page
Download CEL ecocell-1 resource

Download Storm of Hope Leaflets 2011:- Going Carbon-free with CEL &
2012:-God's green kingdom

2013: Getting the message across (A Cross)

Donate - Support CEL's work

 

to top of page

Copyright ©  2008 - 2014 Christian Ecology Link and Operationnnoah/Ruth Jarman     http://www.christian-ecology.org.uk
Home
  What's on?    Ideas    About CEL    Resources    Magazine    Links    Conservation   Prayer guide   Conference-2014
   Climate Change   Green events   rf   Hymns   Search    Sitemap    email CEL

    Christian Ecology Link Ltd: Reg address:10, Beech Hall Road, Highams Park, London, E4 9NX, UK.
    Company Reg. No. 2445198 - Reg Charity No. 328744.

tel: +44 (0)845 4598460     info@christian-ecology.org.uk
Working for a greener church with Christian Ecology Link