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Sunday, November 28, 2021

9:30 am - Advent Intergenerational Sunday School

For this special, inaugural Creative Space, we will be making Chrismons to take home or adorn the St. T's parish hall tree. The format of all Creative Space times will include an opening prayer and the reading of the Gospel lesson for the service. Participants will enjoy free, creative time, with supplies provided (or bring your own project!) to reflect on the Gospel and let their hands do the "thinking," prior to the services. All are invited and encouraged!

Sunday, December 5, 2021

10:30 am - Advent Lessons & Carols

This liturgy aims to recapture that Advent longing and hope. It begins in darkness with the Advent Responsory, in which Christ's coming is announced. The Blessing of Light follows, and, as the Service unfolds, the cathedral is transformed from darkness to light.  The scripture readings come in pairs. An Old Testament reading speaks of God’s promise. A New Testament reading proclaims how the promise is being fulfilled in Christ. And each pair is accented by a musical response that heightens our expectation and invites our trust in the coming of Christ as Judge and Redeemer.  (St. James Music Press)

 

 

Tuesday, December 7, 2021

6:30 pm - Advent Adventure

Join us to kick off Advent with this fun St. Thomas' tradition! Kids of all ages are invited to make their own edible nativity scenes. If you are unable to attend in person, please let Katie Cosby know that you'd still like to participate so she can drop off a kit to your doorstep. 

 

Sunday, December 12, 2021

5:30 pm - Taize Holy Eucharist and Sound Bath

On December 12, 2021, following the 5:30 P.M. Taize service, Jim Morgan will share his collection of singing bowls in an unique sound experience, created for meditation and relaxation. A "sound bath" is a meditative experience using sound waves produced by singing bowls, chimes, percussion, and other instruments. Using frequency and vibration, the listener is invited to simply be present (seated or reclined), focus on breath, and clear one's mind. It is an invitation to discover our deeper self and connect with the divine.

Sunday,  December 19, 2021

9:30 am Youth Group Sneaky Santa Gift Exchange Party

Middle and high school youth are invited to join us for this fun holiday tradition. Bring a small, silly, inexpensive (WRAPPED) gift, and enjoy some holiday goodies, which will be provided.

5:30 pm - Blue Christmas Service

St. Thomas' recognizes that the holidays are sometimes "blue" or filled with difficult feelings for those struggling with painful life events such as death, illness, poverty, or addiction. This service will provide an opportunity for an expression of grief and pain as well as a focus on the promise of hope and healing. By coming together to honor these challenges, we hope to help those who struggle to find joy during this festive season to feel less isolated. You are not alone, and you are loved. All are welcome.

Schedule Change - Cookies & Carols cancelled

Due to an unforseen dental emergency, Father Herbert is no longer available to lead us for  Cookies & Carols. Therefore, we are cancelling this event. We apologize for the late notice, thank you for your support and understanding. 

 

 

Christmas Eve

Friday, December 24, 2021

4:30 pm - Family Eucharist
7:30 pm - Christmas Eve Holy Eucharist
10:30 pm - Candlelight Eucharist

4:30 PM SERVICE UPDATE
**Due to the rising numbers of COVID cases in our area, we will not be having the traditional pageant at the 4:30 service on Christmas eve. We would still like for this to  be a special service for our families with young children, so, instead of coming at 3:30 to practice and choose a costume, children are invited to come at 4:30 in a costume from home if you have one, or wear your Christmas best! We look forward to seeing you there!

 

Christmas Day

Saturday, December 25, 2021

9:30 am - Brunch with food provided by St. Thomas'

10:30 am  - Christmas Eucharist

Please note that on the first and second Sundays after Christmas, December 26th and January 2nd, St. Thomas’ will only have one 10:30 am service. The 10:30 service on January 2nd will feature Christmas Lessons & Carols. We will return to our regular schedule of services at 8:30 am, 10:30 am, and 5:30 pm beginning January 9th.