Christmas Services and Events
WHITE GIFT SUNDAY - dECEMBER 10
You are invited and encouraged to buy a children's book, wrap it in white paper, and bring it to church on Sunday, December 10, White Gift Sunday. The books will be given to Robert E. Wilson elementary school in Vanier.
See the "wish list" of books requested by the school here.
See more information about Robert E. Wilson public school here.
Congregational Christmas Lunch
Sunday, Dec. 10, after the 11:00 service. Join us in St. Andrew’s Hall: enjoy fellowship and good food (lasagna, salad, cake, fruit) and carol singing! Freewill offering.
Christmas Choir Concert / Carol Sing by Candlelight
December 17, 4:00 p.m.
The Choir and Soloists of St. Andrew’s Church with string and brass ensemble conducted by Thomas Annand perform beautiful baroque music by Handel, Buxtehude, and Charpentier, as well as the congregational carol sing accompanied by the entire ensemble. Free-will offering, as always—a great way to introduce friends and neighbours to our glorious church and traditions!
See the poster for this event.
christmas worship services
The Blue Christmas Service will be held December 20, at 7 p.m. This is a service for all who are looking for a time and place to acknowledge that Christmas can be difficult. When all the world is full of carols and lights, there are some for whom this is a season of tears and sorrow. This is a service of light in the darkness. We gather in the sanctuary to pray and remember our tears, our sorrows; to light candles in the darkness; to come together in prayer and reflection. Afterwards the sanctuary remains open for those who would like to sit and enjoy the space. As well, there is a reception in the hall, with warm cider and treats.
December 24—Christmas Eve Our waiting is over and we gather in the sanctuary to welcome the Christ Child. There are two services this evening, the Christmas Pageant and the Carols and Lessons.
At 6:30 p.m., celebrate Christmas with the children and youth of St. Andrew’s as they present the Christmas Pageant and Carols.
At the 10:00 p.m. service, the Choir of St. Andrew’s, accompanied by brass, leads us in The Carols and Lessons by Candlelight to welcome the Christ Child. The Congregational Carol Sing begins at 9:45 p.m. Come together for a service which covers the full range of Christmas music from reflective and serene to joyous and uplifting.
December 25—Christmas Morning one service of worship at 11 a.m.! Reverend Dimock will lead the service of song and celebration as we greet the Christ Child. Our readings include Isaiah 60:1–3 and John 1:1–5.
Our salvation comes from something small, tender, and vulnerable, something hardly noticeable. God, who is the Creator of the Universe, comes to us in smallness, weakness, and hiddenness.
-Henri J.M. Nouwen
Opportunities to Share
On Sunday December 10th, St. Andreans place new children’s books wrapped in white paper into baskets for a community school. This year, we will support the library at Queen Mary Public School. The book Wish-List is available here, or in Grant Hall.
Fair Trade Booth: A Great Gift Idea!
We have a new shipment of delicious coffee and lots of olive oil soap: great hostess gifts! Still some items on sale, too; stop by and see if there is anything that interests you. All profits are for the Refugee Fund.
The Pause Table at Carleton University
Come and join us in the Atrium at the Unicentre, Friday, Dec. 15. St. Andrew’s and Carleton Memorial United Church will host & feed 1200 students in the midst of their exams: it’s a great opportunity to visit with the young active minds while they select food they may have
neglected while studying! Food donations may be left at the church to be picked up Thursday Dec. 14, or financial donations may be made through the church office. Sign-up sheets are posted in Grant and St. Andrew’s Halls.
A Christmas Offering
As we wait to celebrate God coming to us in Christ, we are called to consider what we might do for others in Christ’s name. Mission and Outreach has selected these three charities for the Christmas Offering Envelopes:
- Gracefield Christian Camp and Retreat Centre
- The Marco Depestre Foundation
- The Wabano Centre for Aboriginal Health