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.

Advent Wreath-Making

Sunday Morning, December 1, 9 – 10:15 AM, 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 7, 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.

View last year’s photos here!

Men’s Spirituality Group

December 8, 8 – 10 AM in the Chapel

Expectant Transformations
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.

Christmas at Saint James

Christmas Eve, Dec. 24

*4:30 PM Children’s Pageant & Mass

6:30 PM Candlelight Mass

*8:30 PM Candlelight Mass

*10:45 PM Musical Prelude

*11:00 PM Midnight Mass with incense

Christmas Day, Dec. 25
10:00 AM Holy Eucharist with music

*Livestream Services

Advent is Here!

Check our events calendar for a complete listing of all our Advent and Christmas activities.

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Women’s Gathering in Advent

December 21, 9 – 11 AM Parish House Library

Women’s Gathering prepares for Christmas with contemplative Roman Catholic nun and art critic Sister Wendy Beckett. Sister Wendy meditates on Jesus’s coming through fourteen works of art related to Advent, Christmas and Epiphany. During this hectic time of buying gifts, Sister Wendy reminds us to be mindful and open to the many gifts God constantly bestows. Sister Wendy suggests many ways to grow into “the mind of Christ.” She challenges us to truly see: “How are we to seek God if we do not look?” Her interpretations and insights are uniquely personal. This book is a joyful prayer of thanksgiving.

Join Women’s Gathering as we share her joy and prepare our hearts for Christmas. For more information, please contact Lorraine Rollo.

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!

Head Start Gift Drive and Luncheon

December 12
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.

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.