Advent & Christmas at St. John’s

What Is Advent?

Click here to see a beautiful introduction to the season of Advent. It will help you remember what the season is really about! Protip: it’s not about shopping! 

Great Advent Resources & Activities

Click here for a terrific packet of family activities for Advent – with devotions, prayers, coloring pages, decorations to make, and more! From the amazing folks at Illustrated Children’s Ministry!

For the space lover in your family, click here for a totally cool online Advent Calendar with a different picture every day from the Hubble Space Telescope!

If you’re interested in participating in an online Advent Retreat, here is a great option:  Illuminated Advent Retreat by Jan Richardson: an online journey into the heart of Christmas. Jan is an ordained Methodist minister and artist.

Or you can read Compline, the ancient service of Night Prayer, every night before bed for a quiet, peaceful prayer practice.

And on December 9th, join us for one of the church’s most ancient treasures: Advent Lessons & Carols at 5:00 pm, followed by a joyful reception and party with activities for kids of all ages!

On December 16th, services at both 9:00 & 11:00 will include excerpts from Handel’s Messiah, sung by members of our amazing choir.

On December 23rd, we will celebrate the last Sunday of Advent with a combined service at 10:00 am.

Christmas Eve and Christmas Day

Christmas Eve at 4:00 – Pageant and family-friendly service. ALL are welcome to be in the pageant – we’ve had animals of every kind, an astronaut, super heroes, and even Hans Solo! All are welcome at the manger! Click here for more details about the pageant.

Christmas Eve at 8:30/9:00 – Choral Prelude begins at 8:30, and the festival Eucharist with traditional carols begins at 9:00. This is a truly magical service.

Christmas Day at 10:00 am – Simple Christmas service with traditional carols.

Sunday after Christmas – December 30, one service at 10:00 am with traditional carols.