In quiet reflection or songful prayer; in solitude or fellowship...so many wonderful places to praise God @ Advent...
...we also happen to think our beautiful sanctuary, surrounded by several glorious gardens is the perfect spot for celebrating life's big events!
The Reverend David Powers Thomas Memorial Garden
Begun by the late Reverend Canon David Powers Thomas--Father Dave--the dream of the Memorial Garden was to create a space for the interment of the cremated remains of the Advent parishioners and their immediate family members. It has become a beloved center of peaceful, personal worship and reflection. Comprised of a flagstone garden wall, path, and reflecting pool, the surrounding gardens cradle this special place with sweet scents and magnificent natural show throughout the seasons. Tended by our dedicated LayWeeders group, the Memorial Garden provides a contemplative place to listen for the still, small voice of God.
The Thanksgiving Garden
Tucked right next to the Church, this garden was dedicated to Reverend Elbert St. Claire-- Advent rector from 1952-1979--and with its large flagstone area serves as a beautiful spot for reflection. However, more often, it is the lively scene of fellowship and Coffee/Iced Tea Hour after services in fair-weather months.
Like any journey, walking a labyrinth can be transformational. Advent's Labyrinth offers a classically designed seven-circuit path set in a loose stone base that lays just steps from our Church front doors. So it can be walked every Sunday before or after worship, or on a Tuesday morning before work, or on a late summer afternoon. Based on the traditional Christian approach of a 'threefold' path of Purgation, Illumination, and Union, our Labyrinth provides us a chance to move in silence, grow in stillness, and experience a new path toward understanding our faith and God.
This small, quiet space contains elements of great beauty and historic meaning for Advent, such as the Hadley stained glass windows, and Advent's original sanctuary candlesticks, altar and cross. The heft and simplicity of the masonry walls gives this tiny room a feeling of strength, solemnity, and safehaven and has been a well-loved spot for worship and contemplation for more than 50 years.