A Jesse Tree tells the story of the Bible, from creation to Christ’s birth. Each meeting this Fall, we will be building our tree so that by Christmas we have one to share with our family. We hope it is something you will keep for years to come.
The name of the Jesse Tree comes from Jesse, the father of King David. Isaiah prophesied that “a shoot will come up from the stump of Jesse, from his roots a branch will bear fruit. The Spirit of the Lord will rest on him – the Spirit of wisdom and of understanding, the Spirit of counsel and of power, the Spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the Lord – and he will delight in the fear of the Lord.” Isaiah 11:1-3.
A branch is a sign of new life and new beginnings. Jesus, a decedent of Jesse and King David is this new branch that came from the stump of Jesse.
The first Jesse trees were large carvings, tapestries, or stained glass windows that helped illustrate the Bible from Adam and Eve to Mary and Joseph.
Now, Jesse Trees serve as a kind of Advent Calendar counting down to Christmas, while also reminding us what we are preparing to celebrate.
Below is an example of what our finished projects will look like in December! If you miss a week, the other ladies at your table will try to make that week’s portion of the tree for you.
A huge thank you to our Creative Activities Coordinators Kim Baena and Suzanne Campaigne who have put tremendous thought, planning, and hard work into using our crafts time towards the spiritual development of our families.