On Sunday, December 18 seventeen eager carolers came together in the gathering place ready to go out and spread Christmas cheer. We divided into two groups with assigned stops, carol sheets and jingle bells. Long-time members of Westminster enjoyed visits with the carolers, and expressed their gratefulness for a time to celebrate Christmas together in song and conversation. We were able to make ten different stops at houses. Both caroling groups came together for the last stop at Jackie Brownfield’s house for more caroling and a fantastic spread of sweet and savory food. A big thank you to Jackie and all those who came out to carol.
All are welcome to join in song and share carols with those in our congregation in need of Christmas cheer. Gather in the Fellowship Hall to get directions and song sheets. We will head out in cars to various locations and end up at Jackie Brownfield’s house for one last caroling stop and refreshments. If you have questions please email Megan.
Sunday, December 11—Lessons & Carols, 5:00 p.m.
Come and enjoy a traditional service of Lessons and Carols led by the Choristers and Singers choirs. Readings and carols retell the story of Christ’s birth, with candlelit singing of Silent Night. Following the service gather for a potluck meal and carol singing in the Fellowship Hall.
Sunday, December 18—Caroling, 3:00 p.m.
All are welcome to join in song and share carols with those in our congregation in need of Christmas cheer. Gather in the Fellowship Hall to get directions and song sheets. We will head out in cars to various locations and end up at Jackie Brownfield’s house for one last caroling stop and refreshments.
Saturday, December 24—Christmas Eve Worship Service, 5:00 p.m.
This child friendly service includes a pick-up Christmas pageant and candlelight. Arrive at 4:45 and gather in the Fellowship Hall to find costumes if you want to participate in the pageant. Young and old will enjoy this lively retelling of the Christmas story.
Saturday, December 24—Christmas Eve Worship Service, 8:30 p.m.
8:00 p.m. Organ prelude
8:30 p.m. Share the joy of the season in a communion service with carols and candlelight on this holiest of nights.
Sunday, December 25—Christmas Day Worship, 11:00 a.m.
Gather to celebrate the birth of Christ. Come hear the story and sing carols in morning worship.
Christmas Eve Choir
Join in the fun of being in the choir for Christmas Eve. Adults and youth grade 5 and up are invited to participate in a special choir that sings at the 5:00 p.m. service on December 24. Rehearsals are Sunday, December 18 12:15-1:15 p.m. and Thursday, December 22 6:00-7:00 p.m. in the Choir Room. On the 24th we will gather at 4:00 p.m. before the 5:00 service.
On Sunday, November 27 we begin the season of Advent-the four weeks that lead to the Christmas season. As the world around us has turned to thoughts and songs of Christmas, we take time to prepare, and anticipate the coming of Christ. At Westminster we prepare by singing Advent songs, lighting the Advent wreath, and hearing the Bible stories that precede Jesus’ birth. This year the lighting of the Advent wreath will be a time for the children to gather and hear about the focus word for each week: Hope, Peace, Joy and Love. We will sing one verse of When God Is a Child from our Hymnal Supplement to highlight the theme of each week in Advent. Beginning on November 27 we will also gather at one worship service at 11:00 am. The 8:30 am service will resume on Sunday, January 29. Come, prepare your hearts and minds for the coming of Christ.
We have just learned that the Charlottesville Men’s 4 Miler road race is scheduled to occur this Sunday, Nov. 6th starting at 7:30 a.m.. This will result in vehicle access to Westminster to be difficult for attendance at the 8:30 a.m. worship service, as Rugby Road will be closed from University Avenue to Rosser Avenue while the race is in progress.
Access to the church is available from the downtown direction by taking Grady Avenue or Gordon Avenue to 17th Street The restricted access should be cleared in time for 9:30 arrival for church school classes.