ARLINGTON - Dec. 1 was the first Sunday of Advent - the four-week season of preparation for Christmas. It is also the beginning of a new Church year and is a time of new beginning for everyone.

St. James will mark the pro gress toward Christmas each week with the Lighting of the Advent Wreath. The first candle was lit on Sunday, Dec. 1.

Children especially are invited to join in the lighting of the Advent Wreath during worship and to enjoy making seasonal craft projects.

Everyone is invited to worship on Sundays at 10 a.m. The Advent Wreath will be lit during the 10 a.m. worship service on the following three Sundays - Dec. 8, 15, and 22.

On Sunday, Dec. 8 the public is also invited to a Service of Advent Lessons and Carols beginning at 4 p.m.

For more information, contact the St. James' Parish Office at 802 375-9952, e-mail stjamesparishoffice@gmail.com, visit the website at www.stjamearlingtonvt.org or find them on Facebook.