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Advent and Christmas

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Unless otherwise noted, all child care is for infants through four-year-olds and will be offered on the first-floor Preschool hallway. Children’s Chapel will be offered during all 9:00 a.m. Sunday services during Advent.

Third Sunday of Advent, December 17

  • Holy Eucharist 7:45, 9:00 and 11:15 a.m.
  • A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols 5:00 p.m.
  • Child care will be available during the 9:00 and 11:15 services and during A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols.
  • Breakfast will be served by the Men’s Ministry from 8:00 to 9:30 in Colhoun B.

Rector’s Forum: A Very Special Advent: Sacred Storytelling in Christmas Movies, part 2, will be presented by clergy at 10:15 a.m. in Colhoun A. The class will view and discuss A Charlie Brown Christmas.

A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols will be offered at 5:00 p.m., featuring the premiere of a commissioned carol. All are welcome to a reception in Colhoun A following the service.

Wednesday, December 20

  • St. Thomas Day Service 5:30 p.m. in the chapel

St. Paul’s will offer a special service of Holy Eucharist, St. Thomas Day: A Service of Light and Hope. The Christmas holidays may bring joy, but for many people, the season draws out doubt, depression and loss. The day we celebrate the feast of St. Thomas the Apostle, the doubter, is a good time to remember that we are not alone and to draw together toward the light of Christ. All are welcome to join us for worship and a time to meditate on God’s love even while we might feel disconnected from the season’s holiday cheer.

Fourth Sunday of Advent, Christmas Eve, December 24

Holy Eucharist 10:00 a.m. in the chapel

Children’s Christmas Pageant and Holy Eucharist 3:00 p.m.
Child care for infants and toddlers will be available beginning at 2:30 p.m. Children who wish to participate in the pageant should arrive early to dress in costume.

White Gifts. St. Paul’s families traditionally bring gifts wrapped in white paper to the Christmas Eve afternoon service. The gifts will be given to the residents of the Murdoch Developmental Center in Butner, a residential facility for children and adults with developmental disabilities.

Festival Holy Eucharist 5:00 p.m., 11:00 p.m. Preludes begin at 4:30 and 10:30 p.m. Child care will be available during the 5:00 service for infants through four-year-olds, starting at 4:30 p.m.

Christmas Day, Monday, December 25

Holy Eucharist 10:00 a.m.

No child care will be provided. Children are welcome to attend the service with their families.

The First Sunday After Christmas, December 31
Holy Eucharist 8:00 a.m., 10:00 a.m., 5:00 p.m.
Child care will be available during the 10:00 service.

The First Sunday after the Epiphany: The Baptism of Our Lord, January 7

  • Holy Eucharist 8:00 a.m.
  • Holy Baptism and Holy Eucharist 10:00 a.m.
  • Feast of Lights 5:00 p.m.

Children’s Ministries’ Bethlehem Village 4:00 p.m. Children and families will travel back through time to Bethlehem Village to learn about Epiphany.

Feast of Lights 5:00 p.m. This annual pageant depicts the Magi’s visit to the Christ child and the spreading of his light throughout the world.

Child care will be available and Children’s Chapel will be offered during the 10:00 a.m. service. There will be no formation classes. Child care during the Feast of Lights service opens at 4:30 p.m.

A Very Special Advent: Sacred Storytelling in Christmas Movies

St. Paul’s clergy will present “A Very Special Advent: Sacred Storytelling in Christmas Movies” at 10:15 a.m. on December 10 and 17 in Colhoun A.

The classes will view and discuss two popular children’s Christmas movies–A Charlie Brown Christmas and How the Grinch Stole Christmas.

How might you experience these movies, in adulthood, with new eyes? What wisdom can they teach us about the Christian faith and life?

This two-part series will be a light-hearted exploration into the Advent themes of longing, hope, greed, destruction, friendship and reconciliation through the characters of Charlie Brown and the Grinch.

Faith & Justice Program

The Faith & Justice Committee Lunch and Speaker Series, In My Backyard: Faith and Current Events, will continue Thursday, January 25 at 12:00 noon in Colhoun A.

The program, titled “Boston-Thurmond: Strengthening Community, Building Trust,” will be presented by Sylvia Oberle, a Senior Fellow at Wake Forest University.

Oberle, who is helping to launch a new effort called the Boston-Thurmond Innovation Network, will talk about the network’s approach to ensuring that children and families can thrive in this historic neighborhood. The initial steps of this long-term effort, while decidedly difficult and painful, can present opportunities to build trust across communities in Winston-Salem and confront questions of how we deal with poverty and social justice.

Bring your own lunch. Beverages will be provided. All are welcome.