Advent and Christmas Events

Park Avenue Tree Lighting,  Sunday, Dec. 2.
Join us Sunday, Dec. 2 at 6:30 p.m. for our 72nd 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 Rev. Kimberly Clayton will share words of remembrance and celebration and all will join in a rousing Carol Sing led by Brick Church’s Minister of Music, Keith S. Tóth. You can now download the 2018 carol sheet here.
Before the event, please join us for our:
Social Hour in Watson Hall
Sunday, Dec. 2, 5 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Come one, come all and partake in fellowship and goodies to warm the heart on a cool night. Please plan to join us in Watson Hall for an hour of holiday crafts, hot cocoa, cookies and festive nibbles before heading out to the Tree Lighting Ceremony.
About the Tree Lighting: Trees on Park Avenue have been illuminated every year since 1945 as a memorial to Americans who have sacrificed their lives in war and in celebration of New York’s holiday season. Cherry trees planted on the median, as well as evergreen trees placed for the occasion, are strung with lights. This illumination is organized and paid for by the Fund for Park Avenue.
The Brick Church, has partnered with the Fund to present a lighting ceremony to which all are invited. This ceremony, held for more than 70 years on the night of the first Sunday in December, is interfaith in nature and sensitive to the religious diversity of our neighborhood. It has been customary to close off the south-bound lanes of Park Avenue, roughly between 89th and 93rd, from the late afternoon until the conclusion of the ceremony and dispersal of the attendees at about 7:30 p.m. The gathering has been both a somber and joyous New York tradition of more than half a century. 
Generally held on the first Sunday in December, our congregation and neighbors come together on Park Avenue in front of the church steps for words of remembrance and celebration and a rousing Carol Sing with our community. The tree lights are thanks to contributions to the Fund for Park Avenue.
In 1945, following the end of WWII, Mrs. Stephen C. Clark and some of her friends who had also lost sons and daughters in that war, installed lighted trees along Park Avenue as a memorial not only to their children, but to those from throughout the city who had given their lives. These trees were first lighted on Dec. 17, 1945, and dedicated to the memory of those who had died in all of our country’s wars. Subsequently, they became known as the Park Avenue Memorial Trees.  In recent years, the memorial has expanded to involve and celebrate all faiths, while furthering the cause of peace and invoking reverence for those who have sacrificed their lives.
The 73rd Annual Park Avenue Tree Lighting from Dec. 3, 2017

Christmas Tree Lighting Social Hour in Watson Hall

Sunday, Dec. 2, 2018 from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Come one, come all and partake in fellowship and goodies to warm the heart and cool night. Please plan to join us in Watson Hall for an hour of holiday crafts, hot cocoa, cookies and festive nibbles before heading out to the Tree Lighting Ceremony.
 
Advent Open House
Following the Carol Sing, please visit our sanctuary and learn more about The Brick Church. Volunteers will be stationed in the sanctuary and narthex to welcome visitors, provide information about the church and our Christmas worship services, and to pray with any who would like.
Deacon’s Christmas Party Outreach Event
Saturday, Dec. 8, 2018 at the Brick Church, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The Brick Church Deacons will host their 30th 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. We are seeking gift donations and volunteers. Click here for more details.

Christmas Cheer Party
T
uesday, Dec.11, 2018, from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Staff Contact: Lena Tharp
As your calendar begins to fill during the busy holiday season, be sure to reserve the date of the Christmas Cheer Party. The Christmas Cheer Party is one of the warmest, most spirited fellowship events of the year.

The Candlelight Carol Service
Sunday, Dec. 16, 2018 at 4 p.m.
Staff Contact: Keith Tóth
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. Childcare is available with an R.S.V.P. Childcare of the number and ages of children.

Christmas Eve Family Service and Christmas Pageant

Held in the Sanctuary at 11 a.m. this year 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.