The four Sundays preceeding Christmas are the season of Advent.
We consider this to be a time of longing, waiting, and preparation.
Advent 1 · Hope
2016 Nov 27, 10:30 am
Advent 2 · Peace
2016 Dec 4, 10:30 am
Advent 3 · Joy
2016 Dec 11, 10:30 am
White Gift Sunday!
White Gift Sunday dates back to 1904 in Ohio where the wife of a Methodist minister and her two daughters came up with the idea of giving gifts wrapped in white paper to people in need at Christmas time. Gifts were wrapped in white so that they would be anonymous. The United Church has participated in this tradition since the inception of the church.
Here in Edmonton we gather gifts for children, youth and adults along with non-perishable food items which are distributed to people in need through the Bissell Centre. If you choose to wrap the gifts in white, can you please indicate on the gift what it is or who it would be appropriate for (age/gender)?
Here are some suggestions for donations:
- Hoodies, toques, gloves, scarves,
- Work gloves
- Toys, games, clothing, art supplies, pocket books, watches for all ages from small children to youth and adults
- Bus tickets
- Gift cards
These gifts will be collected and delivered to the Bissell Centre on Sunday Dec 11, 2016. We thank you in advance for your generosity.
Service of Lessons and Carols
2016 Dec 11, 4:00 pm
Words and Music for Christmas. A lovely, gentle candlelight service to celebrate the season.
This service is a classic tradition, with a series of nine scripture readings that take us through the whole story of God's promise, Israel's longing and waiting, and the fulfilment of promise in the birth of Christ.
The story is accompanied by a feast of choral music and carol singing.