Advent and Christmas at Saint James
Waiting in anticipation
Each year, as we enter the Advent and Christmas seasons, we prepare our hearts and minds for the arrival of God into our world as an infant. During this time of quiet reflection, wonder and expectation, we invite everyone to explore the activities at Saint James to help deepen their Advent experience as we look forward to the birth of our Lord.
Saturday, December 1, 3:45 – 4:45 PM, Parish House Forum Room
We mark the beginning of Advent by making wreaths for family worship and Christmas preparation at home. Families young and old are welcome to enjoy this time of fellowship with one another as together, we create spirituality and tradition in community. Registration is required for planning purposes. Click here to register.
St. Nicholas Mass
Saturday, December 1, 5 PM
This delightful tradition at Saint James celebrates the life of Nicholas of Myra—better known to us as St. Nicholas. Children leave their shoes in the chapel while we celebrate mass with “St. Nicholas” in the sanctuary. Afterwards, they 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 generosity.
Men’s Spirituality Group
December 8, 8 – 10 AM in the Chapel
In this season of Advent, we examine our expectations for life’s transformations and how scripture, prayer, liturgy, and community can help us understand them in the context of God’s grace, mercy and will for our lives. What are we expecting from God through life’s transformations? Join us as we discuss and consider our transformations in this season of expectation.
Advent is Here!
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Women’s Gathering Advent Series
December 8, 15, & 22, 9 – 11 AM Parish House Library
Join Women’s Gathering and find out more about the man the baby Jesus became and why this baby’s life means “joy to the world.”
At our session on the 8th, we will discuss Part One of the book Simply Jesus as we consider what kind of king he is and why Jesus is a puzzling figure.
Advent Vespers Celebration & Carol Sing
December 9, 6 PM
Join Fr. David for an inter-generational vespers celebration with hot chocolate, mulled cider and a bonfire at the home of Patti and Andy Woolworth. We’ll revisit traditional Advent prayers and join in Christmas carols as part of the holy fun of being together in the darkness and light while we await the coming of the Christ Child into all our hearts and homes! Please dress warmly for the weather.
Head Start Gift Drive and Luncheon
As part of our ongoing commitment to Head Start at Saint James, Daughters of the King and other parish volunteers organize a holiday gift drive for our Head Start students and their siblings. Beginning the weekend after Thanksgiving, parishioners are invited to stop by the Narthex before or after services and pick up a gift tag with a child’s name and gift wish. Once purchased, wrapped and labeled, gifts are brought back to the church for distribution to Head Start children and their siblings at the holiday lunch on December 12th.
Children’s Mass and Pageant
December 24, 4:30 PM
Join the community of Saint James for our Christmas Pageant and Mass as we celebrate the birth of the Christ child. This annual tradition begins with a prelude featuring our youth followed by the reading of the Christmas narrative while over 40 cast members, in costume, act out the story. All are welcome as we celebrate the birth of our Lord!