But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart. The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been told.
Luke 2 19-20
Christmas Eve Services:
Merry Christmas! Remember to join us for Christmas Eve Worship at any of our three services. It’s a wonderful way to keep your focus on Christ, and to prepare your heart and spirit for the coming of Christmas Day.
3:00pm Family Candlelight Service and Youth Nativity Pageant – A family-friendly and joyful telling of the Christmas story, acted out by the youth in our high school ministry. The service includes your favorite carols, candle lighting, and an opportunity for children to lay an offering near the manger cradle of the baby Jesus. (In the Worship Center. Childcare provided for birth through Pre-K.)
7:00pm Traditional Candlelight Service – A joyous and reflective time of worship, led by choir, brass quintet, and organ. Come early to enjoy a special prelude of brass and Bach! (In the Sanctuary. Childcare provided for birth through Pre-K.)
11:00pm Celtic Candlelight Service with Communion – A beautifully reflective service with music led by Martha Basset and friends on guitar, fiddle, Irish pipes, and harp. We’ll sing carols, share communion, and light candles as we ring in Christmas Day. Come early for a special prelude of traditional tunes for fiddle, harp, and pipes! (In the Sanctuary.)
Volunteer This Season! To see the many different opportunities to give of yourself, click here.
Share the Meaning:
Angels We Have Heard On High – Angels play an important role in the coming of the Messiah. They herald both the radiance of His grace and the power of His majesty in our lives. Come hear how the angels help us to know and prepare our hearts for the truth.
Advent Devotionals and Calendars
Advent Devotions booklets are free and available at the Welcome Centers, the Children’s Info Window, or by email delivery. Take a few minutes out of your day this Advent season to See, Seek, and Savor the gifts Christ brings each of us.
Saturday, December 6th from 8:30 to 10:00 am in the Sanctuary Building. Children ages 2 through pre-K are invited to make several Christmas crafts and then share a delicious breakfast with a choir of angels. Please make a reservation so the angels know how many to expect. Click here to reserve your place.
Christmas for The City
Friday, December 19th from 4:00 to 9:00 pm at Benton Convention Center. Come celebrate Christmas with all of Winston-Salem! The festivities include music, performances, delicious treats, and crafts.
Journey to Christmas
Volunteer to serve a meal to our downtown neighbors on Wednesday, December 10th. We’ll host guests from area retirements homes, shelters, and community centers. Join us! Sign-up here.
Advent Conspiracy: Alternative Christmas Gifts
Peruse our Christmas market where we have alternative Christmas gift cards available. Each time you purchase a gift card, 100% of the proceeds will go to benefit and support any of several partner ministries: Mission Emanuel, Crisis Control, El Buen Pastor, Samaritan Ministries, Amani, International Justice Mission, Living Water International, and Tiny Hands International. The Alternative Gift Market is open Sundays during Advent, and is located near the Welcome Centers after each service on November 30, December 7, and December 15.
The Samaritan Inn
Sign up to serve the homeless during the month of December. Click here to find your spot.
Prepare meals and pray for over 120 youth and volunteers who will be serving across our city. Click here to find your spot.
Celebrate The Gift:
Lessons and Carols Service
Sunday, December 14th at 3:00 pm in the Sanctuary. Come early to enjoy the prelude, and stay afterwards for friendly fellowship at the reception. This service is a musical extravaganza involving the entire music ministry at First Presbyterian Church – choirs, hand bell choirs, worship teams, and musicians. We’ll hear lessons from scripture which foretold the coming of Christ and then sing together the Christmas Carols which tell the story with music.
Christmas Eve Services
Wednesday, December 24th
The Youth Nativity Pageant is at 3:00 pm in the Worship Center. This is a family service which features the telling of the Christmas story, singing our favorite Christmas carols, and lighting candles to celebrate the arrival of Christmas.
The Traditional Candlelight Service is at 7:00 pm in the Sanctuary. This service is a reverent, reflective celebration and features Christmas music with horns, strings, and choir.
The Celtic Candlelight Communion Service is at 11:00 pm in the Sanctuary. Celebrate with a bit of Presbyterian heritage, and ring in Christmas with Celtic music, candlelighting, and communion.
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