Advent and Christmas at St. Paul's
Christmas Eve and Day at St. Paul’s
Christmas Eve Services
Sat, Dec 24 at 11 am, 3 pm, 5 pm, and 11 pm in the Nave
O God, you have caused this holy night to shine with the brightness of the true Light! Let’s worship together on one of the most important days of the year. The children's pageant will be at 11 am this year with three additional services at 3, 5, and 11 pm. Both the 11 am and 5 pm services will be live-streamed. There is incense at the 11 pm service.
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The Christmas Pageant
Sat, Dec 24 at 11 am in the Nave
Join us for one of the most beautiful and fun services on Christmas Eve. All children are invited to participate. They can choose from angels, shepherds or animals. We have the costumes. Costuming starts at 10:15 am. The pageant starts at 11 am. Mary and Joseph are chosen from our Sunday Christian Formation classes (students who attend regularly). Lead shepherds, angels and animals are from our Daring Disciples. We need parents to help with costuming. Please contact Deacon Lauren if you would like to help. We generally have about 70 children in this pageant to help tell us the story of the first nativity. The traditional Christmas Service Communion (Eucharist) follows.
Holy Eucharist for Christmas Day
Sun, Dec 25 at 10 am in the Nave
We will worship together today, in one service at 10 am. Please note that this service is in-person only.
Church Offices Closed
Mon, Dec 26
Offices will reopen on Tue, Dec 27.
Advent and Epiphany offerings
Christ's Beloved Community Diaper Drive
Collecting donations throughout November
Help us collect diapers for Christ Beloved Community’s Food Pantry. Diapers are sorely needed by pantry guests, and are particularly cost-prohibitive at this time. These diapers will be collected throughout the month of November, and you can easily purchase them from our amazon wish list, and have them mailed directly to St. Paul’s. Or, you can place them in the labeled bin at the Goodheart Entrance. Thanks in advance for your generosity! Visit the website amzn.to/3NsSDi6
In The Name of The Father Angel Tree Program
Gifts are due on Thu, Dec 8
St. Paul’s is once again partnering with the Forsyth Jail and Prison Ministries on their “In the Name of the Father” program, which allows inmates at the Forsyth Correctional Center to present their children with gifts at the center’s annual Christmas party. Gift-buying instructions will be included in the sign-up. Thank you, St. Paul’s, for helping give families a chance to celebrate Christmas in the midst of the challenges of incarceration and the painful realities of family separation. All gifts are due by Thursday, December 8. Sign up online at bit.ly/3fY3FiL
The Canticles of Advent
Sundays beginning Nov 27 at 10:15 am in Colhoun A
Among the most familiar language in the Book of Common Prayer comes from the canticles: songs found in the pages of the Bible that punctuate Morning and Evening Prayer. Some of the greatest music in the Church was composed to accompany these words, and they frame our approach to scripture. Join the Rev. Dixon Kinser and Matthew Phillips for a Bible study of four of the most common Advent canticles, uncovering the meaning of the season and words for our deepest emotions about God.
Daily Eucharist in Advent
Weekdays in Advent beginning Mon, Nov 28 in the Nave
Join us in Advent daily for a brief service of Holy Eucharist. This is a great and easy way to be present in the season of Advent.
Walk the Labyrinth
Wednesdays in Advent (except Dec 21) beginning at 5 pm
Walking the labyrinth is a powerful practice for many reasons. This peaceful and contemplative practice is a great way to center yourself before the Holy Pause that also happening Wednesdays in Advent (except Dec 21).
Holy Pause in Advent: Dinner & Compline
Wednesdays in Advent (except Dec 21) from 5 - 7 pm
The entire parish is invited to this Advent gathering on Wednesday nights (except Dec 21). We will share a meal together and end the evening with Compline.
Volunteer @ the CBC Food Pantry
Dec 1, Dec 10, and Dec 15 from 9:30 am - 12 pm
We will continue to partner with Christ's Beloved Community's Food Pantry by serving as volunteers for packing and distribution days. This is a wonderful ministry and we are thrilled to partner with our Lutheran/Episcopal brothers and sisters to help combat community hunger. Visit the website bit.ly/3L144fo to sign up.
Historic West End Holiday Home Tours
Sun, Dec 4 from 1-5 pm beginning at Joymongers
St. Paul’s is excited to be part of this tradition going back to 1976. In addition to St. Paul’s, the tour includes nine historic West End homes and Joyner’s Grocery. Tickets for the event can be purchased on the day of the event for $25 or online in advance for $20. Visit the website historicwestend.org/2022-homes-tour/
St. Nicholas Festival
Sun, Dec 4 at 4 pm in Colhoun B and the Chapel
We will learn and celebrate the saint who later became known as Santa Claus. He might even make a visit. Activities for all ages. We will be in Colhoun A.
Advent Procession with Lessons & Carols
Sun, Dec 4 at 5 pm in Colhoun B and the Nave
Advent invites us both to call out to God, and to wait for God to fulfill His promises to us. Before Christmas Lessons and Carols on Dec 18, join us for a service of Advent Lessons and Carols (no Christmas Carols here) sung by Choristers and Schola.Patterned after the forms of the evening Offices of Vespers and Matins of the ancient Church, this service is inspired by the annual Advent Carol Service held at St. John’s College Chapel at the University of Cambridge in England.
Episcopal Church Women’s Advent Dinner
Mon, Dec 5 at 5:30 pm in the Colhoun Room
All women of the parish are invited to the ECW Advent Dinner in the Colhoun room on Monday, Dec 5 at 6 pm. This will be a time to celebrate the season of Advent and reconnect with women of all ages. $20 per person payable by cash, check, or credit card at the door. Childcare will be provided. If you plan to use childcare, please include the number of children separately in your RSVP when prompted. For help with transportation, please call Anne Rahn at (336) 723-4797. Please RSVP online by Nov 30 at evite.me/2tKqVHYP2x
Decorating with Winter Greenery
Sat, Dec 10 at 9 am in the Youth Room
Join Betsy Overton and others for this fun holiday workshop. Bring clippers and a medium-sized container or vase to create your own holiday arrangement to take home. Tickets cost $30 per adult; $40 for adult and 1 child; $50 for adult and 2+ children. The admission fee includes greenery, flowers, florist supplies, and light refreshments. Proceeds benefit the Center for Hope Family Shelter. Reserve your spot now! Please sign up by December 1 online at bit.ly/3zYUO7z
Newcomer Virtual Coffee with the Rector
Sun, Dec 18 at 8:15 am via Zoom
Join the rector to learn more about St. Paul’s and let us get to know you better. Email Betsy Reiners for details at firstname.lastname@example.org.
A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols
Sun, Dec 18 at 5 pm in the Nave
A tradition at St. Paul’s since 2008, this beloved festival ushers in the season of Christmas. Following the model set forth at King’s College Cambridge, leaders in our parish community are joined by leaders in the greater Winston-Salem community to tell the story of salvation in readings from the scriptures. The choir and congregation respond with favorite carols and anthems of the season. This is one of our special Christmas offerings from St. Paul’s to the Winston-Salem community. Please invite your friends and neighbors to join us.
Serve Dinner At The Augsburg Men's Overflow Shelter
Dec 19, Jan 16 , Jan 30 from 6:30 - 8 pm
We will partner with Augsburg Lutheran and City With Dwellings to provide dinner at the Men's Homeless Overflow Shelter. Dinner Volunteers provide our guests a hot meal in an atmosphere of hospitality. Dinner Volunteers bring an entree and side dish/es and dessert. This is a wonderful opportunity to serve and partner with our neighbors. Sign up online at bit.ly/3A0OsVe
Laundry Love at Fresh Spin
Dec 20 from 6 pm- 8 pm
Laundry Love is a collaborative ministry with St. Anne’s Episcopal Church and the Wake Forest Episcopal Students. With a grant from the Diocese, we can pay for folks to do their laundry while also providing dinner and hospitality. It's a wonderfully unique ministry that shows up to meet folks where they are and we need your help. Sign up online at bit.ly/3DwULCi
Holy Eucharist for the Feast of St. Thomas
Wed, Dec 21 at 5:30 pm in the Chapel
Celebrating the feast of St. Thomas the Apostle, the doubter, is a time to remember that we are not alone and to draw together toward the light of Christ. We will meditate on God’s love even while we might feel disconnected from the season’s holiday cheer.
Special Worship Service Times
Sun, Jan 1 at 8 am, 10 am, and 5 pm
We will worship on a modified schedule this Sunday on the Feast Day of the Holy Name.
Church Offices Closed
Mon, Jan 2
Offices will reopen on Tue, Jan 3.
Holy Eucharist for Feast of the Epiphany
Fri, Jan 6 at 12 pm in the Nave
Join us for a special service that celebrates the manifestation of Christ to the peoples of the earth.
Sun, Jan 8 at 4 pm in the Chapel
Join us in the Chapel, as we journey to Bethlehem on the very first Christmas. Children can visit the carpenter's shop, the pottery shop, the metal worker, the synagogue, and the shepherd's area. Bethlehem Village is educational and fun. We also need volunteers to work or lead a station. Please email Deacon Lauren at LVillemuer-Drenth@stpauls-ws.org
Feast of Lights
Sun, Jan 8 at 5 pm in the Nave
Join us for this unique service. An annual tradition at St. Paul’s since 1927, this pageant depicts the Magi’s visit to the Christ child and the spreading of his light throughout the world.
Please note that some events are subject to change. To see the most up to date information, please view the online calendar.