Advent and Christmas at Saint James

Waiting in Anticipation

As we enter Advent, the first season of the church year, we prepare our hearts and minds for the arrival of God into our world as an infant. During this time of quiet reflection and contemplation, we invite you to explore the activities and resources listed below to help deepen your Advent experience as we anticipate the birth of our Lord.

Advent Wreath-making

Advent wreathes play an integral part in marking the weeks in Advent. Enjoy this video on how you can make one at home!

2017 Guide through Advent

Looking for additional ways to add meaning to your Advent season? Download the 2017 Advent Devotional. This resource provides discussion starters and activities for children and families of all ages and stages. Topics vary from week to week as we move through the four themes of Advent: hope, peace, joy and love.

St. Nicholas Mass

December 9, 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.

Children’s Mass and Pageant

December 24, 4:30 PM
Another family tradition at Saint James, our annual children’s mass and pageant include a full cast of characters portrayed by our children and youth.

Sunday Morning Adult Forum

Sundays through Advent, 9:30 AM
Join Fr. Rob and Kristi Evans as we use the Revised Common Lectionary scriptures and 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. Each Sunday Forum will focus on a different theme including mindful waiting, expectant preparation and anointed to serve.

December 24’s Adult Forum will be a time of fellowship.

Women’s Gathering*

Tuesday Evenings, December 5, 12, & 19
5:30 – 7:30 PM in the sanctuary

This Advent, Women’s Gathering will move to Tuesday nights to study Advent for Everyone: A Journey with the Apostles by popular biblical scholar N. T. Wright. In this guide through Advent, Wright focuses on scripture translation, reflection, and key themes of the season including patience, humility and joy. Join us for a time of fellowship, study and meditation as we gather to grow deeper in relationship with each other and with God. At the conclusion, those who wish may join us for contemplative meditation in the Chapel. For more information, please email Kristi Evans. *Note the new meeting time during Advent.

Advent Study Group

Thursdays through December 21
10 AM in the Parish House Library

If you would like to deepen your experience of Advent this year, join us on Thursdays at 10 AM in the Parish House library where we will unpack the lectionary readings for the following Sunday. Our first session will be Nov 30. For more information please email Bob Mosebach.

Christmas Eve Services

View our events calendar for a complete list of services on Sunday, December 24th.

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Crèches at Saint James

This year we celebrate a new crèche in the apse of the sanctuary. A generous parishioner has collaborated with landscape gardeners and Fr. David to help create this beautiful scene for our Advent and Christmas seasons. (Photos below)