Advent & Christmas 2016

This page highlights some of the Advent activities our parish is leading throughout the season and also points you towards a variety of resources for you to use for your own devotions and family activities.

We hope that these resources (and activities) encourage you to fully enter in to the season of preparation for the coming of Christ at Christmas.

Blessings,
Pastor Monique

What is Advent?

Advent is the four weeks before Christmas. It is when the church prepares for the coming of Christ. Here are some great videos on what Advent is and how you might prepare for Christmas in different ways:

Advent in Two Minutes (Busted Halo)
Advent (Slow Down, Open Up)
Come Thou Long Expected Jesus (The Skit Guys)
Simple Christmas

What is happening at the Parish
throughout the season?

Advent Family Fun Day ~ Sunday, November 27th ~ 10:30 Service @ St. James follow

Throughout December ~ Advent is also about providing service, time, and financial support to those in need. During the season you can:

  • Provide financial support for the 80 Christmas Dinner Food Baskets we will hand out on December 22nd (cheques made payable to West Carleton Food Access Centre, dropped off at the Parish Hall)
  • Pick up an Angel and purchase a gift for a young girl or boy (Angel Trees at each church)
  • Volunteer for Christmas Basket assembly and delivery (call the office to volunteer 613-839-3195)

Santa Claus Parade
December 10th @ Noon
Join the parish team to hand out candy and Christmas Service invitations

Slow Down in the Sanctuary Drop-In’s
December 1st, 8th, and 15th ~ Thursdays from 6pm – 8pm
For three evenings throughout Advent Pastor Monique will be available in the sanctuary for an opportunity to chat, share fellowship and enjoy some hot cider with whoever happens to show up. There will be no set agenda and any topic is on the table for discussion. The only guarantee is that you will not be able to shop, clean, or stress while you are there. Give yourself a moment in your week to slow down 

Christmas Nativity Pageant
December 18th @ St. James (10:30am service)
This is a drop-in instant pageant… all are welcome to just show-up and be part of the pageant 

Christmas Service Schedule
December 23rd ~ Quiet Christmas Service ~ 7pm @ St. James (3774 Carp Road)
December 24th ~ Kid Focused Christmas Service ~ 4:30 @ St. James (3774 Carp Road)
December 24th ~ Family Christmas Service ~ 7pm @ St. Johns (1470 Donald B. Munro)
December 24th ~ Choral Christmas Service ~ 9pm @ Christ Church (3008 Carp Road)
December 25th ~ Christmas Day Casual Service ~ 10am @ St. James (3774 Carp Road)
January 1st ~ No services at the Parish (a.k.a. New Year’s Day Sabbath)

Resources for the whole season:

PWRDF Advent Booklet ~ A great devotional booklet with readings included. Provided by the Primate’s World Relief and Development Fund

The Sisterhood of St. John the Divine Daily Devotional ~ a blog with daily reflections throughout Advent

#AdventWord ~ A global Advent calendar that is created by photos and tweets from around the world.

Liberated by God’s Grace ~ A series of Advent devotions prepared by the leaders of Anglican and Lutheran churches in full communion.

The Work of the People ~ An online ministry that has a variety of Advent (and other topics) videos to watch and reflect on.

A Daily Devotional Advent Calendar to your email address: http://aco.org/adventword

Advent Conspiracy is an organization that talks about slowing down and spending less. They have a: Family Workbook and some other really great resources at: http://www.adventconspiracy.org/church-resources/#resources