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Region 1 - Bromley Centre Celebrates Christmas

Bromley Centre celebrated Christmas on Saturday 14th December. The evening started with an end of term Christmas Party for our SSE (Balvikas) children. They sang Carols and sat down to a tasty array of English and Asian Buffet food, after they had pulled their Christmas Crackers it was most enjoyable to see them all sitting around the table talking to each other and laughing. The party ended with a game of Musical Chairs which the children always love to play. The Hall was then prepared for Prayers and Bhajans, Some of the children sang Bhajans which included ones to Lord Jesus and one of the Girls sang a very well known Hymn ( Shine Jesus Shine) which was very uplifting.

Sister Sandra then gave us a short talk on the Christmas Symbols and their Meanings. She explained each one as follows: The first Symbol of Christmas is The Manger: reminding us of the most Humble Beginning of our Lord Jesus Christ. The Star: A Heavenly sign of Prophecy fulfilled long ago, The shining hope of Mankind. The Colour Red: The first colour of Christmas symbolising Jesus the Saviour's sacrifice for all mankind. The Fir Tree: Evergreen, the second colour of Christmas shows everlasting Love and Light, The Needles point upwards to Heaven and the Triangular shape represents the Trinity, The Father, The Son and the Holy Spirit - in Hindi: Brahma, Vishnu and Maheshwara. The Bell: it rings out to guide lost sheep back to the fold. The Candle: a mirror of Starlight reflecting our thanks for the Star of Bethlehem, the Star that lead the Shepherds and the 3 wise men to the Manger where the Baby lay. The Gift Bow : tied as we should all be tied together in bonds of Love and Peace forever. The Candy Cane: represents the shape of the Shepherds Crook, used to bring the lost sheep back into the fold. The Wreath : A symbol of the never ending eternal value of Love - having no beginning and no end. Gold : is the colour of the Sun and Light and was brought as a gift for the baby Jesus by one of the wise men. Silver and Gold : represent the richness of God's Blessings. The children then sang some Christmas Carols followed by Father Christmas who was great fun and asked each one a question before giving them a present. We finished with Christmas Prasad which was enjoyed by all.