Advent & Christmas Calendar 2017

Sunday, December 10  |  Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols

— 4:00 PM

Lessons and Carols, a tradition beginning in 1878 at Truro Cathedral in Cornwall, England, utilizes nine scripture readings to chronicle the story of Christ from beginning of creation through the pen of John the Apostle.

The adult choir and handbells will offer beautiful reflections to each reading as well as lead the congregation in several familiar carols during the service.

A reception of seasonal treats will follow.


Tuesday, December 19  |  Saint James’ Elementary School Pageant

— 11:00 AM

Students from Saint James’ Episcopal School will re-enact the nativity of Jesus Christ with costume, song, and prayer. It’s a beautiful program and you shouldn’t miss it! If you can’t make it in person, this event will be streamed live on our YouTube channel


Wednesday, December 20 |  Blue Christmas Service

— 7:00 PM

The Blue Christmas Service acknowledges that Christmas is not always met with joy and celebration. Sometimes it can be difficult to participate in the glad carols and merriment of our Christmas services. This service provides an opportunity to light candles acknowledging the people we miss, the pain or emptiness we may feel. Read more >>


on christmas eve, we will celebrate the birth of the Christ child with three festive services

Sunday, December 24 |  Christmas Eve Pageant with Eucharist

— 3:00 PM

Bring the family and enjoy the reenactment of the Birth of Jesus. All children are encouraged to participate. Please arrive 15 minutes early for your child to be fitted for a costume. No prior rehearsal needed. The pageant includes the singing of familiar Christmas carols and is woven into the celebration of Holy Eucharist. This service is especially geared toward preschool and elementary age children but a joy to all!


Sunday, December 24 |  Christmas Eve Family Service with Eucharist

— 5:00 PM

At 5:00 we will have a festive yet still informal and abridged Christmas celebration as we incorporate children and youth into the worship service. This service is intended for individuals and families whose children have aged out of the pageant (upper elementary and up) but find the hour of the late service…. well…just a bit too late. The service will also include Holy Eucharist and the singing of familiar carols.


Sunday, December 24 |  Christmas Eve Festive Choral Eucharist

— 10:00 PM

This service is one of, if not the, most beautiful and holy services of the church year as our choir leads us in carols as we sing out that Christ is born! 


Christmas Day


Monday, December 25 |  Christmas Day Eucharist

— 9:00 AM

Let’s rejoice together on Christmas Day with an informal service as we remember the reason we celebrate Christmas. This service is a great way to celebrate Christmas Day with your parish family.