St. Nicholas Service
An Advent gathering for children of all ages!
Early in Advent each year
This delightful tradition at Saint James celebrates the life of St. Nicholas, Bishop of Myra—better known to us as St. Nick. Children are asked to leave their shoes in the chapel while attending the service in the sanctuary. St. Nick makes an appearance early in the service and visits with the children telling them about his life.
After the service, the children return to the chapel where they find their shoes stuffed from a gift from St. Nicholas!
St. Nicholas Mass December 5, 2020
Due to COVID-19 restrictions in place, the St. Nicholas service was held in the churchyard.
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Photos courtesy of Nancy LeVasseur and Stephanie Shaw.
December 4, 2021 at 5 pm
This delightful tradition at Saint James celebrates the life of Nicholas of Myra—better known to us as St. Nicholas. As families arrive for the evening service, children are encouraged to leave their shoes in the chapel before going to the sanctuary, in stocking feet, to take part in the mass.
Not long after the service begins, a loud knock is heard at the church doors. St. Nicholas has arrived! As he makes his way down the aisle, children are invited to the front of the church to learn more about this famous church bishop.
After the service, children return to the chapel to retrieve their shoes filled with treats. The mass is a reminder of the generosity of St. Nicholas and how we are also called to a life of giving.