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.
St. Nicholas Mass
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.
Children’s Mass and Pageant
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!
Sunday Morning Adult Forum
Our Sunday morning forum hour focuses on Advent themes including mindful waiting, expectant preparation and anointed in service. Last Advent, we studied The Lord Is Our Light, by A. Elaine Brown Crawford, to explore and study the scripture readings for God’s hope and presence during Advent.
Women’s Gathering also enjoys book studies to center oneself during the hustle and bustle of the holidays. Simply Jesus by N. T. Wright invites us to consider Jesus the man, the baby Jesus became and why this baby’s life means “joy to the world.”
Advent Study Group
For those wanting a more liturgical approach to Advent, we offer an in-depth look at the lectionary readings for the upcoming Sunday.
Advent is Almost Here!
Check our events calendar for a complete listing of all our Advent and Christmas activities.View Calendar