O Come, O Come, Emmanuel

The season of Advent at St. Paul’s, Ivy offers a space for quiet, prayerful reflection and hopeful expectation of the coming of Christ at Christmas. Find a way to keep a holy and hopeful Advent with us below, and then join us for a festive celebration of the Birth of Christ at Christmas at any of our special Christmas services.

 

Sign up for AdventWord Advent Calendar

AdventWord is an inspirational online Advent calendar that helps deepen our understanding of the coming of Jesus into the world through the practices of shared meditation and prayer. You can read and pray over the daily emailed meditation during Advent, connect and discuss the day’s word with other disciples, or share your own personal meditation to inspire others—whether visual or written. Sign up for this community of prayer this season!

 

Annual Advent Wreath Making Workshop,
First Sunday in Advent, November 27

9:30 a.m. | Join us on the first Sunday of Advent, November 27th, for this festive annual event and make your own beautiful Advent wreath to take home! We’ll provide all the wreath-making supplies: candles, floral foam, the candle holder ring, and the greens for you. This year’s workshop will take place at 9:30 a.m. on Sunday, November 27th in the Parish Hall. Cookies, cocoa, and coffee will be served. Bring the whole family and kick off your Advent with us!

If you’d like to contribute to the cost of the supplies, we suggest a donation of $10 per wreath. You may make this donation with cash or check on the 27th, or place a check in the offering plate on Sunday morning with “Advent Wreath” in the memo line. Please note there will be no Children’s, Youth or Adult formation on this Sunday.

 

Poinsettia Donations
Accepted beginning First Sunday in Advent, November 27 through December 16

Celebrate Christ’s presence among us this Christmas by adorning our church with poinsettias for the Christmas services, giving back to Him a token of the beauty and splendor among us. Make a poinsettia donation in honor of the memory of loved ones, to thank God for blessings, or in honor of the special work of family and friends. These dedications will be printed in the Christmas Eve and Christmas Day bulletins.

Paper forms can be found in the back of the church, the parish hall, and the church office. Forms and donations must be submitted by Friday, December 16. Please complete the form with your check enclosed, and return it to the church office no later than Friday, December 16. Checks should be made payable to “St. Paul’s Church” and designate “poinsettia” on the memo line.

 

Christmas Angel Gifts
Sign-up and Deliver Your Christmas Angel Gift by December 18

Spread Christmas joy to one of our food pantry families this year by signing up to be a Christmas Angel. Simply click on this link to sign up. Gifts should remain unwrapped and brought to Kirklea during church office hours by Sunday, December 18. We are not able to accept gifts after this date. Monetary donations are also welcome; checks may be made payable to St. Paul’s, Ivy with “Christmas Angels” written in the memo line. For questions, or for more information, please contact Christian Simmers.

 

Christmas Pageant,
Fourth Sunday in Advent, December 18

10:30 a.m. | Come and hear the amazing story of Jesus’ birth from the fabulous children and youth of St. Paul’s, Ivy. Our pageant is a well-beloved annual tradition, but there’s something fresh and exciting about it every year. For more information, please contact Audi Barlow, Director of Children’s and Youth Formation.

 

Worship with us.

Contemplative Advent Services,
Sundays, November 27 through December 18

5:30 p.m. | Unlike the busy secular season that leads up to Christmas, the Church season of Advent invites us to slow down and prepare our hearts for the coming of Christ at Christmas. Set some time apart for prayer and meditation this Advent by joining us for our 5:30 p.m. Contemplative Evening Prayer services during this special season. These services are marked by periods of silence, prayer, beautiful Celtic-style meditative music from The Ivy Consort, and thoughtful reflections on the scripture of the season. Each service will be followed by a time of fellowship in Neve Hall.

Parents of middle and high school youth: This service is designed to be convenient for you to attend while your youth attend the Youth Gathering on Sunday evenings.

 

Christmas Eve, Saturday, December 24

3:00 p.m. | Family Eucharist, Rite II, with Children’s Homily*

5:30 p.m. | Festive Choral Eucharist, Rite II*

10:00 p.m. | Candlelight Choral Eucharist, Rite II
(please note that incense will be used in this service)

*childcare is available

Christmas Day, Sunday, December 25

10:30 a.m. | Holy Eucharist Rite I

 

New Year’s Day

10:30 a.m. | Holy Eucharist Rite II