Christmas at St. James

christmas-at-st-james-bannerSt. James UMC offers many opportunities to worship God and celebrate this Christmas season.  Along with worship every Sunday at 8:45 am and 11:00 am in the Sanctuary and The ConneXion Services at 9:00 am and 11:11 am in the Christian Life Ministry Center, we hope you will join us for these wonderful worship experiences:
 
Hanging of the Green Celebration Party, Saturday, December 1st
Kick off the Christmas Season with the Hanging of the Green Celebration Party!  On Saturday, December 1st, we invite the entire St. James community to join in the fun and fellowship as we sing carols, pray over the decorations, decorate the trees and worship spaces, engage in seasonal arts & crafts, and conclude with a family meal of hot soup and sandwiches.  It all begins at 2:00 pm.  Click here for more information.
 
 
 
Holy Communion at 8:45 AM Advent Services, Sundays, December 2, 9, 16, and 23.The Sacrament of Holy Communion will be offered each week in Advent at the 8:45 AM service in the Sanctuary. Join us as we prepare our hearts and lives for the coming of the Christ child during the season of Advent (December 2, 9, 16, and 23).
 
 
Moravian Lovefeast,
Sunday, December 16th at 6:00 pm
This traditional gathering which has its roots in the Moravian Church celebrates by sharing a simple meal with friends and brings to life the true meaning of unity, liberty and love for all who participate. Year after year we look forward to the moment when the lights are dimmed and the trays of candles are unveiled. Plan now to celebrate the birth of Christ through this powerful and simple service.  Click here for more information.
 
 
Advent Services, Sundays, December 2, 9, 16, and 23.
This year during the season of Advent, our worship will explore the lives of five of the important people in the Christmas story.  We will try to identify with the faith and hope of these players and learn from their responses to the angels’ announcement of the coming of Jesus!  We will look at Zechariah, Elizabeth, and John and then Mary and Joseph.  All have a story to tell.  Sunday services will be at:
8:45 AM and 11:00 AM in the Sanctuary for a more traditional expression of worship.
9:00 AM and 11:11 AM in the Christian Life Ministries Center for a more modern expression of worship.
 
 
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Christmas Eve Services, Monday, December 24th
Communion will be a part of all of the Christmas Eve services.  The Offering on Christmas Eve will go directly to assisting persons who are in need in our community.
 
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Early Christmas Eve Service,
11:00 am, in the Chapel
A traditional, intimate Christmas Eve celebration in the Chapel.  Perfect opportunity for those families with a full day to begin the Christmas celebration together. 
 

Children’s Christmas Eve Service,

3:00 pm, in the Christian Life Ministries Center
A Christmas Eve service designed for the children and performed by the children.  All children can participate by dressing as a character of the Christmas story.  Click here for more information.
 
ConneXion Christmas Eve Service,
5:00 pm, in the Christian Life Ministries Center
A casual, modern Christmas Eve celebration with music led by the ConneXion band and praise team.  You can expect to sing Christmas Carols and hear a message.
 
Traditional Christmas Eve Service,
7:00 pm, in the Sanctuary
A traditional Christmas Eve celebration with music led by the Chancel Choir and organist, Frances Cain. 
 
Candlelight Christmas Eve Service,
11:00 pm, in the Sanctuary
A traditional Christmas Eve celebration with music led by a Choir and organist, Frances Cain.  The service concludes with a candlelight journey outside as we sing carols under the starlit sky.
 
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