Advent & Christmas 2017

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.

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 26th ~ 10:30 Service @ St. James. A fun opportunity to make some crafts and head home with Advent in a Bag. Potluck lunch.

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 9th @ Noon
Join the parish team to hand out candy and Christmas Service invitations

Christmas Nativity Pageant
December 10th @ 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 

Advent & Christmas Service Schedule

Christ the King Sunday (including Advent Family Fun Day after the 10:30am service at St. James)
Sunday, November 26th
9am @ Christ Church
10:30am @ St. James

Sunday, December 3rd
Advent One
9am @ St. Johns
10:30am @ St. James

Sunday, December 10th
Advent Two
9am @ Christ Church (NO Sunday School)
10:30am @ St. James ~ Christmas Pageant

Sunday, December 17th
Advent Three
9am @ St. Johns
10:30am @ St. James

Sunday, December 24th 
Advent Four
10:30am @ St. James
(those interested in baptism could contact Rev. Monique for information on baptism during this service)

Christmas Eve
4:30pm @ St. James
7pm @ St. Johns
9pm @ Christ Church

Christmas Day
10am @ St. James

December 31st 
9am @ Christ Church

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:

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: