A Creative Ministry
Looking to be a part of a creative ministry? Consider crafting Chrismons! We have several dedicated artists who offer their time to make lovely handmade Chrismons for our parish family.
What is a Chrismon? A Chrismon is an ornament with intention, most typically used during the season of Advent. "Chrismon" is the culmination of two words, Chris(t) and mon(ogram), because Christmas is the birthday of the Christ Child. The Chrismon tree decorations were made to honor Him on His birthday. This custom began in 1957 in a Lutheran church in Virginia. AllChrismons are made of white and gold. The white refers to our Lord's purity; the gold, to His Majesty.
Chrismons may be made with any material, and by any technique such as cross stitch, needlepoint, or gold and white beads, with wire. Chrismons are made with love and to the glory of God. As a reflection of God's grace, Chrismons are made as a gift and are not meant to be bought or sold. At St. James, Chrismons are given to families to celebrate special moments, like a new family member, baptism, or marriage.
We invite anyone who is interested in learning how to make Chrismons, to contact the church office. We'll be happy to help you get started