December Services and Events

Nativity scene with figures in black silhouette against blue starry sky with comet star lightbeam.

The Christmas season officially kicks off with the beginning of Advent (Advent means “coming”).  In 2023, Advent begins on Sunday, December 3. This is the first day of the church year!

Live Nativity

Friday, December 15th

We are back with our long-standing tradition of presenting a Live Nativity! On this night, “actors” dress in costume and take the parts of Mary, Joseph, shepherds, wise men, and an angel in our outside stable. They are joined by real farm animals. Meanwhile a live band plays carols and Christmas songs while spectators sing along. And there’s more!

Click here to go to our Live Nativity information page

Services – Overview

During Advent, there are Wednesday evening worship services.  These are under an hour in length and are very traditional in style.  They have a very contemplative, intimate feel to them, and a great sermon.

Of course, we still have our regular Sunday services, plus Sunday School during the 9:00 service.

The 24th of December has special Christmas Eve candlelight services and there is a morning service on Christmas Day. Since Christmas Eve falls on a Sunday this year, we will also hold a Sunday service in the style of our usual 9:00am Sunday service. Pastor Matthias will be leading this service.

Service Details (you may also refer to our Events Calendar)

Sundays – December 3, 10, 17
including lighting of Advent wreath

9:00am – Service with band, kids may go to Sunday School before the sermon
11:00am – Traditional service with organ

Sunday, December 24
including lighting of Advent wreath

11:00am – Service with band

Wednesday December 6, 13 & 20 – Advent Evening Services

7:30pm – Service of Evening Prayer (a traditional-style service, about 45 minutes long)

Brass bells and holly

Sunday December 24 – Christmas Eve

7:00pm – Traditional candlelight service
11:00pm – Traditional candlelight service

Monday December 25 – Christmas Day

11:00am – Traditional service, with Communion

Sunday December 31

11:00am – Traditional service with Communion