Just like everywhere else, things are going to look a lot different at Grace Avenue this year. Advent and Christmas will still have the same spirit of holy waiting and joyful celebration, but we have had to seek some creative options for gathering and celebrating. Christ turned the world upside down by entering into our human space and showing us a new way. This year we intend to follow that lead and open ourselves up to encounter Christ in new ways.
Please note that we are making plans based on current information as we navigate a pandemic. All plans are subject to change as conditions change. The health of our members and our community is our greatest concern.
A Different Kind of Christmas
Advent Worship Series
Nov. 29-Dec. 24
Here is a radical understatement: Christmas 2020 will be different than any other Christmas we have ever experienced. Many of our seasonal traditions will be interrupted, canceled or postponed. Many of our expectations will be thwarted, revised or go unmet. Can we have a different kind of Christmas and it still be Christmas?
At Home Advent Wreaths
Grace Avenue has assembled wreaths for use at home throughout Advent. If you have not received one, please contact Brittany Board at [email protected].
Advent Candle Lighting Zoom Calls
Sundays Nov. 29, Dec. 6, 13 & 20
5:30pm and 7:30pm
Share in an interactive Zoom meeting with your church family. There will be a reading and a time to light your candle.
Sounds of the Season
Wednesday, Dec. 2, 9 and 16 at 7:00 pm
Join us live for the sharing of Christmas stories and music of the season by groups of the Grace Avenue Music Ministry. This will be a lovely way to experience the joy of Christmas and to give a gift to yourself and those you love. You can find us online on the website and on facebook live.
Contact Laurie Hanson Roberts at [email protected] with questions.
Christmas Drive-In Movie
Saturday, Dec. 5 at 6:00pm
Bring your snacks and join us for an old-fashioned fun time. We will be watching A Charlie Brown Christmas and The Grinch Who Stole Christmas
Grace Avenue Christmas Tree Lighting
After the Movie, let's all gather around the Grace Avenue Christmas Tree and watch it light up for the season! (Masks required.)
Contact Brittany Board at [email protected] with questions.
Service of Hope & Healing
Sunday, Dec. 6 at 5:00pm
Join us for this special service for those suffering from grief of any kind. 2020 has been a difficult year. Come for an opportunity to grieve and to seek hope in the midst of this time.
The service will be in-person in the Sanctuary and online. Registration and masks required for the in-person service.
Contact Laura Echols-Ricther at [email protected] with questions.
A Different Kind of Christmas EXPERIENCE
Families and individuals are invited to a personal experience at Grace Avenue as we prepare for Christmas Day. Sign up for your specific time to encounter the life-size nativity, spend time in prayer and conversation with a pastor in either the Worship Center or the Sanctuary, receive the Christ Candle to complete your advent wreath, and take pictures around the Christmas Tree.
Contact Kristen Lane at [email protected] with questions.
Love Your Neighbor
Grace Avenue Partnership with Preston on the Lake
Christmas Stocking Mission
Grace Avenue is creating filled stocking and providing board games for children and families at Preston on the Lake. We need donations to fill the stockings.
December Lunch Program
Dec 21, 23, 28, 30 & Jan 4 & 5
Grace Avenue, in partnership with the Little Elm Food Bank, will be serving lunches to children in Preston on the Lake during this holiday break. Watch for details about volunteering.
Be a Christmas Card Angel
Anyone can volunteer to write Christmas Cards for families at Preston on the Lake. You can purchase your own cards or pick up a box in the office lobby. Bring the cards back to church by December 20th.
Contact Mary Martin at [email protected] with questions.
The God's Child Project
Donation to Build Homes
Due to Covid-19 we will not be able to plan our annual mission trip to Guatemala. We are collecting donations to fund the 3 houses that we would typically build. The God's Child Project is a long-time Grace Avenue mission. Help us support this program even if we can't be there!
Contact Laurie Hansons Roberts at [email protected] with questions.
I'll Be Home for Christmas
Traditions will look different this year and for some of us that means not travelling to see family. Grace Avenue's Emotional Home Team is working to connect those who are feeling isolated or alone this Christmas with other families in the church for emotional connections in safe, distanced ways.
If you (and possibly your spouse) are home for Christmas without family this year, let us know. If you (and possibly your family) are wanting to connect and spread some joy, let us know. Through Grace Avenue connections, we can celebrate being HOME with church family during this season.
Contact Laura Echols-Richter at [email protected] with questions.
Christmas Eve Worship
Thursday, December 24th
All of our Christmas Eve Services will either be online or outdoors.
Pre-Recorded Online Service
Modern & Sanctuary
Available mid-morning and then throughout the day on Christmas Eve on our Website, Facebook and on YouTube. You and your family can participate in this service when it is most convenient.
Outdoor Gatherings at Grace Avenue
5:00, 7:00 & 11:00pm
Join us around the Christmas Tree for the reading of the Christmas story, prayer, Silent Night and ending with the passing of the light.