Advent and Christmas Schedule

For more information about these events, please consult the weekly e-Blast or December Spirit.

Christmas Pageant and Brunch

Sunday, December 16, 10:00 a.m. – This highly creative pageant presents the Nativity story including the traditional characters, and a few less traditional ones, with a bit of time travel thrown in. Expect both laughter and poignancy as our youth tell the story of the first Christmas in their own, inimitable way.

After the service, we invite you to join us for Brunch in Centennial Hall. Please sign up online or by calling the Church Office with how many family members are coming. This is always one of our biggest and most memorable Sundays of the year – share it with a friend and neighbor.

Santa’s Helpers – gifts due

Sunday, December 16

Santa’s Helpers – delivery date

Monday, December 17

Greening of the Church

Saturday, December 22, 9:30 a.m. – Come and help us as we decorate the church for the holidays! All hands on deck! We’ve got a job for everyone. Please let Pastor Chris know that you’ll be here so we have enough refreshments!

Christmas Eve Family Service

Monday, December 24, 5:00 p.m. Our first Christmas service is designed for children while trying to keep meaning for adults. Our youth and bell choirs will help lead worship and we will hear the story of that first Christmas.

Christmas Eve Festal Eucharist

Monday, December 24, 10:00 p.m. – Traditional lessons will lead shepherds, angels and us to the manger. Favorite carols sung by our choir will fill the church with beauty and make your soul soar. And Candlelight will remind us of the arrival of this one small light into the world in the person of the Christ child.

Christmas Day Service

Tuesday, December 25, 9:00 a.m. – A quiet, meditative service in which we break bread and sing Christmas carols together.

Moonbeams for Sweet Dreams

Thursday, December 27 – Moonbeams for Sweet Dreams is a program created by the Beaumont Children’s Pediatric Family Advisory Council at Beaumont Hospital, Royal Oak. At 8:00 p.m. every evening in December, pediatric patients will shine flashlights from the hospital windows and look for community members standing outside the hospital to flash them back.

Last year we were part of the more than 10,000 community members who shared a sweet good night with more than 700 children throughout the month of December. Parents of hospitalized children were brought to tears upon seeing the number of people who stood in the cold to express their genuine care and concern. The beautiful community gesture brought delight, giggles and wonder to children during a difficult time in their lives and showed that no one is alone who has community.

St. James has signed up to be there on Thursday, December 27 with flashlights in hand! Please plan on meeting at the church at 7:15 p.m. so we can carpool down. Afterwards we’ll head on down to the Detroit Bubble Tea Co in Ferndale for a treat. Please let Pastor Chris know you’ll be joining us. –