Christmas Eve is tomorrow and we are making the final preparations for the Christmas Eve services. We actually recorded the 9 pm service of Scripture and Carols last night. It is a busy time, but this year has given us more time to slow down and think about what Christmas really means for us.
I started writing these weekly emails over nine months ago as we were suddenly thrust into social isolation. They were a way of keeping you up to date as things were changing daily. At the time we all expected this to last a few weeks, maybe months at most. These emails have evolved into an important form of communication with weekly reflections, information for worship services and announcements. We are now on the brink of a second lockdown and so these emails will once again become vital ways of staying connected.
First, I want to extend a huge thank you to Susanne Artichuk and her daughter Gwen, Patti Kergon, Barb Jones, Cynthia Riley and Stephanie Sinclair who were our wonderful wise women for the Bradford Nativity Tour. Thank-you as well to Stewart who helped set up and who provided our music when we realized last minute that we wanted something. Our best guess is that we saw over 100 cars on Sunday evening. We are already looking forward to next year, bigger and better. Our ‘Star of Bethlehem’ will be lit for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.
Scripture: John 1:1-5, 10-14; Isaiah 9:2-7; Luke 2:1-20
There are specific worship bulletins attached for each service. You can find both services on our Facebook page.
6 pm – Bell Ringing. Everyone is invited to go outside and ring whatever bell you may have for 2 minutes as part of a world-wide Jingle. We will be ringing the church bell.
7 pm – Christmas Eve Communion, in-person and live stream. The in-person service is full but you can always watch the live stream. We will put Jesus in the manger as is our tradition.
9 pm – Christmas Eve Service of Scripture and Carols – a recorded service. There is an invitation at the end of service to join in a candle light “Silent Night”, so have a candle, real or battery operated, handy for this special ending.
Christmas Day – drop-in from 10 – 11 am (enter through the North Doors) for Reserve Communion and quiet prayer in the church. With the forecast winter weather though, please be careful.
Sunday December 27 – 10 am Facebook Live Service of Carols in our Pyjamas. I have always loved the idea of the First Sunday after Christmas as a more relaxed service and some even envied those who invited everyone to wear their pyjamas to church. This year we will all be at home, so stay in your pyjamas and join me for this light-hearted service. I’ve already picked out which pyjamas I’ll wear too.
Update Regarding Lockdown
With the lock-down beginning December 26, the building is once again closed to the public, so the office will not be open on Wednesdays and I will not be hosting a drop-in office on Thursdays. I will be available for phone visits, and will attempt to be more diligent in checking the church voicemail, once a day. The best ways to reach me are my cell phone 289-383-1036 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Worship will continue online on our Facebook page, as Stewart and I will broadcast from the church each Sunday at 10 am, as we did before.
Financial donations can be made online (Canada Helps), by e-transfer, mailed to the church, or if necessary drop-off can be arranged by contacting myself, a warden, or Bonnie our treasurer.
Looking Ahead to January:
Study group will resume on Zoom on Tuesday January 5, at 7:30 pm. Newcomers are always welcome. And the bonus is we don’t have to go out in the cold to be together.
The Outreach committee will meet Thursday January 13, 7:30 pm on Zoom, to look at plans and priorities for 2021. All are welcome.
If you need details for connecting for these events, either online or by phone, please contact me.
Wishing everyone joy and peace this Christmas, and promise of Emmanuel, God is with us.