The church recognizes the liturgical season of Christmas as extending from Dec. 25 through Jan 6 each year. Celebrating Christmas as a season helps us to enter more fully into the meaning of the incarnation. Christmas is the first in a series of celebrations (Christmas, Epiphany, the Baptism of our Lord, and the Transfiguration of Jesus) that affirm the identity of Jesus as fully human and fully divine.
The Children’s Ministry Committee will provide advent kits which can be picked up beginning on Nov. 23. As we prepare for Christ’s coming, we will bring the events of advent into our homes with these kits. They will contain supplies for many of the Zoom advent events and will include a family devotional, advent calendar, advent wreath craft, and Crèche craft.
TREE LIGHTING VIDEO MONTAGE
Include your memories in our video montage! Send in your favorite Park Avenue Tree Lighting photos and videos to help us celebrate past tree lightings together. Submit your favorite memories and we will create a beautiful video montage for us all to share! Submit by Dropbox HERE before Nov. 22 so that we can have the montage ready for a Dec. 6 Congregational Fellowship Zoom Home Tree Lighting!
SPIRIT OF THE TREE LIGHTING
Tuesday, Dec. 1, from 6 to 6:30 p.m., in honor of soldiers who lost their lives in foreign wars, we invite families who have lost veterans or members of the military to a prayer service and tree lighting. We hope to hold this service on 92nd Street and light a single tree following the service. A maximum of 50 people may attend and a registration link will be provided in advance. The event will be livestreamed for the congregation as a whole. The trees on Park Avenue will be lit that day. Please register HERE.
CHRISTMAS STORY EVENT
Thursday, Dec. 3 via Zoom join Brick families in getting cozy in our Christmas pajamas as we read Christmas stories together around a virtual fireplace. Families can sign up to share their favorite Christmas stories with Kiah Baxter.
STATIONS OF THE CRADLE
Sunday, Dec. 6 from 4 to 5 p.m., the Children’s Ministry Committee invites members and their children to a special exhibit of the Stations of the Cradle. Following a path around the perimeter of the sanctuary during pre-registered times, families are invited to meditate at stations depicting the story of the birth of the baby Jesus while listening to beautiful Christmas hymns.
Rehearsal on the morning of Dec. 6 and recording on Dec. 13. Children will once again be invited to share our beloved Christmas story – this time online. We will be pre-recording the pageant this year to share on Christmas Eve. Registration will be open Nov. 22 – Nov. 29.
CONGREGATIONAL FELLOWSHIP ZOOM HOME TREE LIGHTING
Sunday, Dec. 6, 6 to 7 p.m. come together for a time of fellowship as we decorate and light our home trees in the spirit of past and future Park Avenue Tree Lightings. We will share a video montage of our favorite memories from past tree lightings and have fun sharing our favorite Christmas stories and decorations. Let Us know You will Attend by Registering Here!
On Sunday, Dec. 20, the Children’s Ministries Committee will continue the celebration of advent with our annual Advent Festival this year taking place online!