Update – November 18, 2011

Were you anxiously awaiting an update on the Advent Chapel? I’m sure you were! Here are highlights from the planning team meeting yesterday:

  • We are all set for furniture! Some details are still being worked out, but by and large we have been offered on loan all the furniture we had hoped to get and more. It has been so encouraging to get such wonderful support from the church community.
  • Nativity scenes and Christmas trees are still needed – if you have one to loan, you can get in touch with the Rev. Robert Camara, rcamara@montreal.anglican.ca.
  • The schedule is coming together. If you check our schedule, you’ll see that we have all sorts of interesting events planned – and some haven’t yet been listed!
  • Volunteers are being scheduled in. There are a few gaps in the schedule that need to be filled in, so if you’re interested in helping out we can still slot you in! There will be a volunteer orientation held a two different times for scheduling flexibility: Thurs Dec 1 at 1 pm (in Fulford hall); 7 pm (in the Advent Chapel itself). If you have any questions about volunteering or anything related to this, please email the Rev. Rhonda Waters, rwaters@montreal.anglican.ca.
  • The space has been cleared out! Next week we move in. A few pictures are below.

Our planning team is both excited and a bit nervous: we have, in a fit of wild optimism (and perhaps a bit of idealism) committed to pulling off a big, ambitious project. With your help, we are well on our way. Please keep us – and all those working with us – in your prayers in these last days before Advent, as we confront the true magnitude of the task we have set out for ourselves.

In the coming days, we’ll be putting up more in-depth reflections here explaining what inspired us to undertake this project and what we are hoping the Advent Chapel will be. Later on, we’ll be putting up reflections about Advent, and during Advent we’ll also have a daily devotional. We’d be delighted if you added us to your feed reader, followed us by email (just sign up in the sidebar to the right), linked to us from your personal, parish, or diocesan website, etc.

Without further ado, a few pictures of the space as it currently stands:

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