Advent and Christmas at Haymarket Church
During the month of December, Christians around the world spend their days preparing for and celebrating the story of Christmas – the story of God entering into our world as one of us in order to save us. During the season of Advent (the four Sundays leading up to Christmas), Christians focus on preparation – making ourselves ready, yet again, for God to enter into our world and into our lives. Then, at Christmas, we celebrate the Good News that God has done precisely that – that, with Jesus, God has entered into our world and is here to stay – that God is with us now and forever. That good news is central to the Christian story, and so we at Haymarket Church are spending December celebrating it. Here’s a schedule of some of the awesome ways we are celebrating Christmas this year:
Rooftop Carols, Cookies, and Cocoa
Saturday, December 15, 6-7 PM at the Old Bank Building (14951 Washington Street, Haymarket). Experience the joy of Christmas together with the people of Haymarket and make a Christmas memory for the whole family. You are invited to gather, beginning at 6 PM on Saturday December 15, for Christmas Carols on the roof of the Old Bank Building (in beautiful historic Haymarket), hosted by Haymarket Church. This is a great way to celebrate Christmas before you head out of town or simply to get yourself into the Christmas spirit. There will be free cookies and hot cocoa provided (until we run out!). Be sure to dress warmly! In the case of inclement weather, we will meet inside the Old Bank Building. Be there and invite a friend for a Christmas experience to remember.
Tacky Sweater Party and Sunday Worship
Sunday, December 23rd, 10 AM at Gravely Elementary School (4670 Waverly Farm Drive, Haymarket). Wear your tackiest christmas sweater to worship on Sunday, December 23, at 10AM at Gravely Elementary School. We will have a Christmas Cookie station open after worship and other fun Christmas activities for all!
Christmas Eve Candlelight Worship
Monday, December 24th, 4:00 PM and 7:00 PM at Gravely Elementary School (4670 Waverly Farm Drive, Haymarket). You are invited to celebrate Christmas on Monday, December 24th with classic Christmas carols and a story of God’s love told by Candlelight. We will celebrate a family-friendly candlelight communion service at two times – 4:00 PM and 7:00 PM. Each service will include carols, Scripture reading, communion, and candlelight. Nursery care will be provided. Christmas Eve is a special night – an opportunity to make a holy memory with family and neighbors and to celebrate the love of God that has come to dwell in our world. Sing favorite carols with Haymarket Church, hear the news of the child who was born to bring us peace, and lift up candles to celebrate the light of God that shines in even the darkest places.
Advent Sermon Series
During Advent (a season beginning on Sunday, December 2 and going until Christmas), our theme for worship will be “You Are Not Alone: Unto Us a Child is Born.” Sometimes it feels like the world is broken beyond repair – as if things are just getting worse, as if they will never get better. Sometimes chaos and darkness seem to be winning, and we feel as if we are all alone in this world. But the story of Christmas tells us that God has not left us alone – that God is doing a new thing, and that, even in the darkest time, God’s light is shining. During these Sundays in December, we will explore how the Good News of God with us changes everything – how, because Jesus was born in that stable all those years ago, we have hope, even when things seem dark. You are invited to experience the amazing hope of Jesus’ birth together with the people of Haymarket Church!