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Advent & Christmas at St. Andrew's

 

christmas altarChristmas Eve, Dec. 24

4:30 p.m. Family Service with Communion

10:40 p.m. - Concert of Christmas music

11:00 p.m. Festival Eucharist, candlelight service

Christmas Day, Dec. 25

10:30 a.m. Christmas Day service
 

Special Events & Outreach Projects

Advent Choral Vespers Service
December 1, 4 p.m. at First United Methodist Church
First United Methodist Church invites us to join them for a service to help us begin the new Church Year on Sunday, December 1 at 4:00 PM.  The choirs from St. Andrew’s and Hilton Presbyterian will join the First United Methodist choir, along with clergy from St. Andrew’s and Hilton Christian, to hear the ancient prophecies from the Old Testament and the fulfillment of those prophecies as written in the New Testament.  Hymns and simple anthems will highlight these readings.  Please join us as we continue the ecumenical worship that our congregations have enjoyed during this past year of celebrating 100 years as “the light of Christ” in Hilton Village!

Advent Party
December 8, 5 p.m.
Join us for our annual Advent Party (for adults, please) at the home of Rachel and Al Roby (900 River Road). No need to RSVP. If you're a newcomer, please join us - you don't need to bring a thing. Everyone else, please bring your favorite holiday hors d'oeuvres and beverage. Hope to see you there!

Mini-retreat: Advent Space, Holy Waiting
Join us on Saturday, December 14, from 9 to noon to spend a morning with the expectant waiters of the first Christmas:  Elizabeth and Zechariah; and Joseph and Mary. What were their hopes and dreams, challenges and concerns? How can their experiences speak to us 2000 years later as we wait for Christ this Advent? We will meet in the Parish Hall but also spend time in the sanctuary. The morning will include scripture and silence, reflection and prayer. If you can’t stay for the whole morning, come for whatever portion works for you. Bring a journal if that would be helpful. All are welcome. 

Outside Winds Quintet in Concert to benefit PORT
December 15 at 4 p.m.
Everyone is invited to a concert of Christmas music by The Outside Wind Quintet to benefit PORT Emergency Winter Shelter of Hampton Roads. The concert will feature traditional and contemporary arrangements of some of our favorite Christmas carols. Donations will be accepted and all proceeds will benefit PORT.  A reception will follow the concert in St. Andrew's parish hall. To encourage donations, a group of anonymous parishioners will provide matching funds up to $1,000. We hope you can join your friends at St. Andrew's for a wonderful concert, guaranteed to put you in the Christmas spirit!  If you can’t be here for the concert you may still make a donation.  Make checks payable to St. Andrew’s with “Outside Wind” on the memo line..

Fellowship Luncheon
December 18, 12 p.m. in the Parish Hall
Join us for lunch! Only $5 per person. RSVP to the church office by Monday, Nov. 18 so we can make enough lunch for everyone. 595-0371 or saec0371@gmail.com.

Turkey Sandwich Day
December 20, 9 a.m. in the Parish Hall
Come join us on Friday, December 20 at 9 a.m. for this St. Andrew's tradition as we make and deliver 550 bag lunches for the annual Christmas Party in downtown Newport News.  This is one of our most favorite outreach ministries of the year.  Click here for all the details.

Click here for many more opportunities to serve our community during the holiday season.
 

Online Advent Calendar and other resources

making advent wreathFollow us on Facebook and Instagram to enjoy a daily online Advent Calendar!

Advent Gift from Anne - Slow down. Quiet. It's Advent!
As a gift to the congregation, Anne has purchased Advent calendars for all of us to use this December as we prepare once again for the coming of Christ. Stop by and pick one up from the racks outside the church office.

Advent with Sacred Ordinary Days is a Spotify playlist of music for Advent created by the Rev. Kyle Oliver

The Way of Love Advent Calendar from The Episcopal Church, with a spiritual practice for every day of Advent.

Artist and designer Joel Henriques invites all ages to discover their creativity with simple downloadable paper crafts. His Paper City Nativity is a wonderful way for children to actively engage in the nativity story.

Creativity and prayer for all ages! Author Sybil MacBeth has created several Praying in Color Advent templates, available to download on her website.

Every year Thomas Mousin and Merry Watters produce a daily calendar of scripture and tiny devotions for each day of Advent.

Visit our Devotions & Prayer Resources page for more resources to enrich your journey through Advent.


turkey sand day elfAdult Forum in Advent

Prayer
Through Advent we will continue our Adult Forum series on prayer. Please plan to join us!

  • Dec. 1 - Healing Prayer
  • Dec. 8 - Labyrinth
  • Dec. 15 - The Lord's Prayer
  • Dec. 22 - Jesus' prayer for us - John 17
Last Published: December 4, 2019 1:54 PM