St. Peter's Episcopal Church
Advent is here – the beginning of a new church year and the season of expectation of once again welcoming the birth of our Savior at Christmas. Advent is marked by the use of purple hangings, many dear and familiar hymns, and above all the Advent Wreath, which symbolizes the coming of the Light of Christ into our dark world. What a blessing it is to us at this hectic time of year to be able to come into our little church, made holy by hundreds of years of prayer, to remember what Christmas is really all about. Please make note of these Advent and Christmas events, and join your church family in this special season:
•COMING SOON, The Giving Tree – our Christmas Outreach Project, to make Christmas bright for a needy family in Oxford. Please take a tag from the Giving Tree and bring in your wrapped gift, with tag attached, by Sunday, Dec. 17. •The South Central Region of the Diocese of Connecticut asks all parishes to especially remember the homeless on Dec. 17. We will do that by saying a special prayer, and put our prayers into action by bringing donations that day of warm hats/caps and gloves/mittens, which we will donate to the Spooner House Shelter. •Sunday, December 17, 10:30am: ECW Cookie Swap. Sign up to bring 5 dozen of your favorite cookies and go home with a great sampling of everyone else’s!
And while the ladies are swapping, the fellows are invited to join in The Greening of the Church. We’d love to have YOU help decorate our church for Christmas. No experience required, but many hands needed!
•Sunday, December 24, 4:00pm: Festive Christmas Eve Service, featuring special music and all the joy of Christmas. Bring your family and friends to rejoice with us at the Savior’s birth! (No morning service that day.) Or, if you prefer a later service, you are cordially invited to the Traditional Christmas Eve Service at Christ Church, Quaker Farms (470 Quaker Farms Rd.) at 10:00pm. •Monday, December 25: NO SERVICE, enjoy Christmas morning with your family! •Sunday, December 31: 8 and 9:30 services. •Sunday, January 7, 10:00am: Our annual Epiphany Pageant returns, with our children telling us the story of the Wise Men’s visit to the Baby Jesus. Bishop Ian Douglas will be with us that day. Lunch follows the service. You don’t want to miss it!
(No 8:00 service that day.)