The Advent Season is just about upon us. That means a few different things to different people. In church terms, it marks the beginning of the new liturgical cycle that set the stage for Christmas, Epiphany, Lent, and Easter. For a few parents it will mean that the summer holidays are about to begin, year 12 students are on schoolies, and preparations need to be made to host the family gathering at Christmas. The countdown is underway.
So to help plan your participation at church during December, here is what’s on …
#1. Family Church (normally at Cotlew Street campus) will be joining us at the Main Worship (Ashmore Road campus) to light the Advent candle, children’s chat by Pastor, and then participating with their team leaders in arts & crafts – something to make for your own Christmas tree decoration.
#2. People involved with the Christmas drama (Nativity Play) and choir will be practising for Christmas Eve. We will be setting up the Christmas tree in time for the last college chapel service before the end of the school term. This will include an artistic visual display linking Christ’s birth to Christ’s crucifixion – as the gift of love (a gift box under the tree) to the gift of life (ribbons to the cross).
#3. The home groups / study groups will go into recess over the summer holidays (December – January). They will resume in February. Pastor is planning a focus on spiritual gifts, an inventory to discover your gifts, and opportunities to use your gifts. This will be a study discussing the role of the Holy Spirit in the life of the church, the fruits and gifts shared by the Holy Spirit, and how God empowers us for service in this world.
Advent Service with Holy Communion (Dec 2, 9, 16, 23).
Christmas Eve Nativity Service (Dec 24, 6pm)
Christmas Day Carols & Lessons (Dec 25, 9am)
First Sunday after Christmas (Dec 30, 9am)