Christmas wreath & altarThe Season of the Nativity includes Advent, Christmas and Epiphany.

  • Advent (Nov. 30 – Dec. 24) :
    focusing on the events leading up to Jesus’ birth.
  • Christmas (Dec. 25 – Jan. 5)
    Celebrating the birth of Christ.
  • Epiphany (Jan. 6 – Lent)
    Helping us remember what Jesus’ birth means in our lives.

It’s easy to get wrapped up in the commercialization of this Nativity Season. But this year, we encourage you to simplify your holiday and appreciate the real reason for the season with family and friends by taking this Christmas pledge, offered by the Institute for Peace and Justice:

The Christmas Pledge

Believing in the beauty and simplicity of Christmas, I commit myself to the following:

  • To remember those people who truly need my gifts.
  • To express my love for family and friends in more direct ways than presents.
  • To rededicate myself to the spiritual growth of my family.
  • To examine my holiday activities in light of the true spirit of Christmas.
  • To initiate one act of peacemaking within my circle of family and friends.

Join us in this Christmas pledge and find new and meaningful ways to celebrate this Advent and Christmas season.  Please mark your calendar and be a part of our many beautiful worship services, outreach opportunities and fun fellowship events happening at Grace Church this holiday season:

Holiday Happenings for Children & Youth at Grace Church:

  • Church School for Children & Youth
    Sunday, Dec. 7, 14, 21 (no classes Dec. 28)
    9:45 – 10:30 a.m.
  • A Visit from Saint Nicholas
    Sunday, Dec. 7 / 10 a.m.
  • Youth Group Christmas Party
    Please sign up in Albright Parish Hall
    Sunday, Dec. 14 / 2-4 p.m.
    Bring a crazy gift for our white elephant
    gift exchange!
  • Children’s Christmas Pageant
    Please sign up in Albright Parish Hall
    Rehearsal: Sunday, Dec. 21 / 11:20 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
    Pageant: Wednesday, Dec. 24 / 4 p.m.

 Holiday Happenings for Adults at Grace Church:

  • Advent Quiet Day
    Saturday, Dec. 6 / 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
    Mercy Conference & Retreat Center

The Rev. Susie Skinner leads a quiet alternative to the craziness of the holiday season. We’ll focus on the themes of repentance and rejoicing through quiet meditation,
reflection and prayer. $20 per person. Register at http://www.confluencespirituality.org.

  • Silent Saturday
    Saturday, Dec. 13 / 9 – 11 a.m.
    Grace Church, Chapel of the Apostles

Contemplative Outreach offers three 30-minute centering prayer periods, with walking and discussion breaks in between each. This event is free and open to anyone who can sit in silence in a group for a minimum of 30 minutes.

  • Sunday Series: Holiday Traditions
    Sunday, Dec. 21 / 9 – 10 a.m. / LaVielle Conf. Room

Grace member Belinda Nunez leads a fun discussion of religious, secular and personal holiday traditions. Grab a cup of coffee and join us!

  • Grace Online Academy:
    contact janis.greenbaum@gracekirkwood.org
    to enroll in these free classes
    .

Advent for Families
In this course, youth and family minister Heath Howe shows us some practical ways to commemorate this blessed time of year with your children.

Introduction to Epiphany
Epiphany is more than just a season to return Christmas presents. It’s a time to discover the ways God is revealing truth in our lives. This course tells us not only what Epiphany is, but how it can better our lives.

 

 

Click here to read more about family activities, resources, prayers and readings for Advent.

 

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