Ways to Help During this Advent & Christmas Season
–Volunteer to Light Advent Candles here.
–Help unpacking and displaying Poinsettias on Dec. 12th here.
–Help with ushering on Christmas Eve and other services here.
–Volunteer to help direct in the Parking Lot on Christmas Eve: contact Charles Crossman at [email protected].
–Volunteer to greet on Christmas Eve or other services here.
–Purchase a poinsettia in memory/honor of a loved one here.
–Make a Christmas Offering to Grace Avenue here.
Christmas Gifts that Make a Difference
Available December 8th-Decmber 22nd
During this Christmas season, you can support Grace Avenue’s missions by making a donation in the honor of friends or family. You will receive a card and information about the mission you are supporting, so you can let them know how their give is making a difference in the world. Make your purchase in the Learning Center Lobby before/after worship December 8th-22nd or purchase on-line HERE!
Contact Mary Martin at [email protected].
Children & Youth Events
Tuesdays, Dec 3rd, 10th & 17th | 4:30-6:00pm | REGISTER
Children ages 4 through 5th grades are invited to join us for a fabulous journey through the story of Advent! Children will participate in crafts, songs, and games and share a program for their families on the final night of Dec. 17th at 6:30pm. Contact Kim Johnson at [email protected] with any questions. The cost is $15 per child for the three-week program.
EDGE Christmas Party
Sunday, Dec 8th | 4:00- 6:00pm | EDGE Room
All 4th-5th graders are invited to celebrate the Christmas season by sharing in fellowship with their friends. Bring a $5 wrapped silly gift for our gift exchange, a snack to share, and wear your UGLY SWEATER! Contact Kim Johnson at [email protected] with questions.
Youth Christmas Party (JH & SH combined)
Sunday, December 15th | 4:00-7:00pm
All 6th-12th graders are invited to a Christmas party! We will have an ugly Christmas sweater contest, a sugar cookie decorating contest, minute to win it games, and a white elephant gift exchange! Whether you’ve been coming to youth all year or this might be your first visit we hope you’ll join us! Email [email protected] for more information or check the youth newsletter.
Birthday Party for Jesus
Sunday, Dec 22nd during Sunday School
Children are invited to bring an un-wrapped new toy for children ages birth-18 who are currently hospitalized. We will celebrate the birth of Jesus with birthday cake, games, and the true meaning of Christmas.
Study & Discussion
Christmas Expectations & Lists | REGISTER
Thursday mornings from 9:15-10:30 am
2 week study (Dec 5 & 12, 2019)
What is on your Christmas list this year? What do you really expect from the holiday season? Is it hope, peace, joy and love OR stress, anxiety and excess? How can we truly prepare in the Advent season for God’s great gift? Come join in a study that invites us to align our hearts with God’s purpose for the season. No prior Bible knowledge needed. Childcare is available upon request. Register on-line or contact [email protected] .
Pastor Billy’s Atlas Bible Study
Wednesdays from 12:30-1:45pm
Join Pastor Billy Echols-Richter for this weekly Bible Study, in which we explore the scripture that will be used in worship that upcoming weekend. The exact scriptures are listed in the Grace Avenue Atlas which is our resource guide for worship. Bring your lunch and connect with others. Contact Kristen Lane at [email protected] with questions.
Music & Worship
Service of Hope and Healing
Sunday, December 1st at 6:00pm in the Sanctuary | More Info
While the holiday season is a time of joyous anticipation, festivities, and togetherness for many, others struggle this time of year. Many experience feelings of grief, loneliness, guilt, or loss. This service allows time and space to face our complex feelings with a sense of hope and to journey toward healing as we enter into Advent and Christmas.
Joy to the World Celebration & Tree Lighting
Sunday, Dec 8th | 6:00pm | Sanctuary
The Grace Avenue Music Ministry invites you to come and experience the sounds of Christmas. All of our musical groups will come together to present beautiful music, sure to get you in the Christmas spirit! We will also be celebrate the 300th anniversary of the beloved carol, Joy to the World. The evening ends with the official lighting of the Grace Avenue Christmas tree, followed by a time of refreshment and fellowship.
The Grace Avenue Adult Choir
Sunday, Dec 15th | Sanctuary During Worship
The Grace Avenue Sanctuary Choir will present Part I of George Frederic Handel’s MESSIAH, in all 3 sanctuary services: 8:30am, 9:45am, and 11:00am. The Sanctuary Choir and soloists will present this joyous and beloved Christmas work. Come and be prepared to experience the joyous music of Christmas.
Seasonal Music in the Worship Center
Saturday, Dec 14th, 5:30pm (Sabbath)
A Service of Story & Song
Sunday Dec 15th, 11:00am (Modern)
Cozy Christmas Sweater Service w/ Cocoa & your Favorite Music
Christmas Eve 2019 Worship
All Services will end in candlelight.
11:00 am & 3:00 pm
Children are invited to become a part of the Christmas story through simple costumes and staging.
4:00 & 5:30 pm
Led by the Modern Worship Team.
4:30, 6:00, 7:30 & 11:00pm
Sanctuary Choir at 6:00pm & 7:30pm
Youth Choir & Communion at 11:00pm.
Childcare is available for infants-PreK during all services except 11:00pm.
7:30pm & 11:00pm Sanctuary Services will be live-streamed HERE.