Advent and Christmas Events

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.
 
Tree Lighting Social Hour
Sunday, Dec. 6, 2020 at 5 p.m.
Members are invited to enjoy fellowship and goodies before the annual Park Avenue Tree Lighting event. Please plan to join us in Watson Hall for an hour of hot cocoa, cookies and festive nibbles before heading out to the Tree Lighting Ceremony.
 
Park Avenue Tree Lighting
Sunday, Dec. 6, 2020 at 6:30 p.m.
Join us for the 76th Annual Tree Lighting and Carol Sing! The whole community is invited to gather in front of the church steps on Park Avenue at 91st Street, where one of the Brick Church ministers will share words of remembrance and celebration and all will join in a rousing Carol Sing led by Minister of Music, Keith S. Tóth.

Christmas Cheer Party
Tuesday, Dec. 8, 2020, from 6 to 8 p.m.
Be sure to reserve the date of the annual Christmas Cheer Party, where members come together to enjoy festive snacks and enjoy each other’s company. The Christmas Cheer Party is one of the warmest, most spirited fellowship events of the year.
 
Deacon’s Christmas Party Outreach Event
Saturday, Dec. 12, 2020 at the Brick Church, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The Brick Church Deacons will host their 33rd annual Christmas Party for the children and families from the Stanley Isaacs Neighborhood Center, a non-profit that focuses on needs of children and low income families, for a fun-filled day of games, music, arts and crafts and food, as well as “shopping” in the ever-popular adult and children’s malls.

Service of Lessons and Carols
Sunday, Dec. 13, 2020 at 4 p.m.

Join us in the candlelit elegance of The Brick Church’s sanctuary for our annual lessons and carols service featuring the professional voices of the Brick Church Choir under the direction of Keith S. Tóth. You will not want to miss this special musical event, a Brick Church tradition that has delighted so many for decades. Admission is free and childcare is available for this service.

Christmas Eve Family Service and Christmas Pageant
Held in the Sanctuary at 4 p.m. on Christmas Eve, Dec. 24.

Christmas Eve Candlelight Service
A Christmas Eve service of worship is held in the Sanctuary at 10 p.m. on the night before Christmas. Special prelude music for brass quintet, percussion, organ and choir begins at 9:30 p.m. The service includes a sermon, the celebration of the Sacrament of Holy Communion and a ceremony of candles, symbolizing the gift of Jesus Christ, the Light of the World, and our opportunity to bear that light into the world.
Christmas Day
A service of worship will be held in the Sanctuary at 11 a.m. on Christmas Day. The service includes a sermon and the celebration of the Sacrament of Holy Communion. Members of the Chancel Choir present special choral music during this service.