Christmas, of course, is a big celebration both in the Church and in the society around us. At Scots we are marking Christmas with two services: a more reflective candlelight service on Christmas Eve, where, as the sun goes down, we fill the church with the light of candles as we sing Silent Night. That service starts at 8.00pm. The Christmas Day service starts at 9.30am. You welcome to invite your family and friends to this worship.
In the Christian tradition, preparations for Christmas begin four Sunday before 25th December. The period spanned by these Sundays is called Advent. For the Church, “New Year's Day” is the first Sunday in Advent, this year 29th November. We will celebrate Communion that day, as the start of the year, rather than on the first Sunday in December as is our usual practice. However, the first Sunday in December doesn't miss out – that will be the morning of our annual Service of Lessons and Carols with music from the Cantabile Singers. The service will also include the Empty Christmas Tree, under which the congregation is invited to place gifts suitable for children, for distribution by OARS, a support organisation for prisoners and their families.
Other events in Advent include:
A service of commissioning for Sarvodaya 2016, that is, Seymour College students who are participating in a service learning trip to India in 2016, on 2nd December
Advent Studies on the mornings of Wednesdays, 2nd December, “Exploring Advent: Is there life before Christmas,” and 16th December, “Christmas: Flourish, or just survive?”
More details on Advent events will appear in the December issue of TALK.
November 29th 10.30am First Sunday of Advent and St Andrew’s Day
December 6th 10.30 am Second Sunday of Advent
Lessons and Carols Service with Cantabile Choir
Empty Christmas Tree
December 13th 10.30am Third Sunday of Advent
Congregational Meeting and lunch (TBC)
December 20th 10.30am Fourth Sunday of Advent
December 24th 8.00pm Christmas Eve Candlelight Service
December 25th 9.30am Christmas Day
Wednesday Morning Advent Studies
December 2nd 10.00 am Exploring Advent: Is there life before Christmas?
December 16th 10.00 am Christmas: Flourish, or just survive?
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