Worship and celebrate with us in this season of anticipation and joy: scroll down to learn about our traditional Advent and Christmas Eve services, music, and activities.
Christmas Eve Services
Family Christmas Eve Service and Christmas Pageant at 4:00 pm
All are welcome to this child-oriented service with a lively reading of the text and ringing of bells during the joyful hymns. Bring your own bells or use ours!
Children and youth traditionally lead the worship during the telling of the Christmas Story in the Pageant. All children and youth are welcome to participate (no previous rehearsal necessary) – just come at 3:30 pm to receive a costume and to go over instructions for the Pageant.
Candlelight Christmas Eve Service (without choir)
Traditional Christmas service with section leaders and music.
Traditional Christmas Eve Service with Prelude Music:
10:00 pm Worship Service; Prelude Music Begins at 9:30
This service includes the Chancel Choir, Chancel Players, and Pastor David preaching “A Light in the Darkness.” Experience Christmas as only Bradley Hills does it, with a beautiful candlelit service replete with your favorite carols, and concluding with the congregation singing Silent Night by candlelight.
Sunday after Christmas, December 29 – one service at 10:30 am, no Adult Education.
Sunday Worship During Advent: Services at 8:30 & 10:30 am
Advent is the season when we prepare our hearts for the arrival of God’s son at Christmas through prayer, worship, song, and scripture. During Sundays in Advent, families (of all different types) lead the congregation in reading an Advent text and lighting the Advent candle. During Advent, Pastor David Gray will preach a Sermon Series exploring how to listen for God’s word in new ways.
Special Services in Advent
Advent Centering Prayer:
As we prepare to celebrate the incarnation of our Lord, we gather for a time of contemplative prayer every weekday from 12:00 to 12:20 pm in the Sanctuary, December 2-23.
We will be using technology to aid us. You can also call in from your desk or home to our line and listen to the prayer and devotion. Call 712-451-1098 and enter access code: 413906. Please mute your phone.
Blue Christmas Service:
Our Blue Christmas Services will be on Wednesday, December 18 at 12:00 and 7:30 pm. Christmas can be a wonderful time of year, but also a challenging time. For many of us, Christmas can be a hard time, either because we have had a death in the family, a loss or a broken relationship, or because of painful memories of Christmases past. During our Blue Christmas Service, we acknowledge the pain and sadness that many of us experience this time of year, even as we move towards hope for the future. Meditation by David, reception afterward by the Deacons.
Additional Activities During the Holidays
Angel Gift Tree and Alternative Giving
Click here to learn about our Angel Gift Tree and Alternate Giving programs.
Reflectional Labyrinth Walk on Sunday, December 1st.
We begin Advent with a reflectional walk on the Labyrinth as we begin Advent from 9:45 to 10:15 am on Sunday, December 2nd, the First Sunday in Advent.
Christmas Music for Kids:
As part of our ‘Education Hour for All’ between services on Sunday mornings, DelCarla Shorter will lead children in the singing of Christmas carols every Sunday during Advent from 9:45 to 10:15 am in the Library. This will tie into our Monthly Milestone for December in Sunday School when we’ll be focusing on Christmas carols.
Christmas Potluck Brunch & Caroling:
On December 15 at 11:30 am, we will have our annual Christmas Potluck Brunch & Caroling in Memorial Hall. Participants, please bring a dish to share if able and gather in Memorial Hall for a festive holiday brunch and Christmas caroling as a community to celebrate the season. This is also Bring a Friend to Church Sunday.
Fair Trade Sales:
Buy fair trade coffee, tea, and chocolate to support summer field trips for children from Anacostia. Palestinian Olive Oil will also be sold to support the Tent of Nations. All items will be available in the Gathering Space on Sundays in December.