Advent/Christmas

light in the darknessOur theme for Advent this year is “Light in the Darkness”. Christmas is a season of lights. We see lights on trees and lights on houses. It is also a season of darkness. As the days get shorter and shorter, we remember that Christ is the light of the world giving us hope, peace, joy and love to light our way.

Below is a calendar of events and activities for this Advent at Nassagaweya Presbyterian Church. We hope they will help you celebrate this special season and prepare yourself for Christmas.

Calendar of Events

Jesse Tree Kit
NPC is providing any family who would like, a Jess Tree kit for Advent. A Jesse tree is like an advent calendar but instead of opening a little door each day, you get to create a Christmas ornament to hang on your Jesse Tree. With each ornament is a story to read from the Bible and a short devotion. Make it part of your family dinner time or do it before bed. This year’s devotional comes from “The Crazy Kids Bible Devotional”. It includes a devotion, blog post, podcast and a pdf ornament you can print. Jesse Trees and a hard copy of the devotion can be picked up at the church on December 1st.

November 29, 30 and December 1 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm – On the way to Bethlehem
The Milton-area churches are hosting a live nativity at Country Heritage Park. Come for a guided tour through the story of Christmas.

The Giving Tree
This year, Nassagaweya has put up a “Giving Tree” in the sanctuary and is inviting everyone to give a special gift this Christmas. It’s easy!

Step 1: Prayerfully consider making a special gift this Christmas.
Step 2: Review the “Gifts of Change” catalogue either at the church or online.
Step 3: Pick out an ornament at church, write the name of the project and the amount of the gift on the back and place the ornament on the Giving Tree.
Step 4: Make your donation by writing the project # on your offering envelope and the amount or make a donation online, by phone or mail directly to the national office. (www.presbyterian.ca)
Step 5: At the end of Advent, celebrate with NPC the change we have all helped make possible!

Saturday, Dec. 7 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm – Children’s Christmas Party & Pageant Practice

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All children are invited to come for an afternoon of fun, games and a Christmas story. In addition, we will be practicing a Christmas Pageant to perform the following day during Sunday worship.

Sunday, Dec. 8 @ 10:00 am – Christmas Pageant
The children will be leading the congregation in worship by performing their Christmas Pageant. All are invited to come and hear the Christmas story once again.

Saturday, Dec. 14 @ 7:00 pm – Concert with Glen Soderholm
Glen Soderholm  and his band are coming to our community for a special Advent/Christmas concert at Nassagaweya: The Retreat (11679 First Line). Take a moment this Christmas season to slow down and let Glen’s music feed your soul. Invite your friends and family and enjoy a nice evening of story and song right here in our community. Tickets are $20.
www.glensoderholm.com

Sunday, Dec. 15 @ 1:30 pm – Campbellville Country Christmas Parade
NPC will be putting a float in this year’s parade in Campbellville. If you are interested in dressing up and being on the float or if you just want to walk beside and hand out candy canes, email info@nassagaweya.com.

Sunday, Dec. 15 @ 7:30 pm – St. David’s Comfort and Joy Service
The Christmas season can be very difficult for those who have experienced a recent loss whether it is the loss of a loved one, loss of independence or the loss of a job. This special service hosted by St. David’s Presbyterian in Campbellville is for anyone who needs a place where others understand what you are going through. Our hope is that you will find hope in this service offered especially for you.

Saturday, Dec. 24 @ 4:30 pm and 7:30 pm – Christmas Eve Service

Christmas Eve Services – 4:30 pm and 7:30 pm

NPC has two Christmas Eve services to choose from. At 4:30 pm is our family service which is an informal service geared towards the young and young at heart. We will sing lots of favourite Christmas carols and tell the Christmas story in an interactive and fun way. At 7:30 pm is our candlelight service which is a beautiful service or music, Christmas readings and candles. So come and enjoy a country Christmas this year at NPC.

For more information about any of these events, email info@nassagaweya.com.