First Sunday of Advent: Hope | December 3, 9:00 & 10:15am
Donated poinsettias grace the sanctuary; Rev. Erica Thompson preaching
Second Sunday of Advent: Peace | December 10, 9:00 & 10:15am
Rev. John Collins preaching at 9:00am service; Children’s Christmas Pageant at 10:15am service
Third Sunday of Advent: Joy | December 17, 9:00 & 10:30am (note service times) This festive Advent worship features a full orchestra. Rev. Erica Thomson preaching
Fourth Sunday of Advent: Love | December 24 | 10:15am (one morning service) Come ready to join in the song. Rev. John Collins preaching
Christmas Eve Candlelight Worship Services
4:30pm Family Service | A kid-friendly telling of The Night Before the (First) Christmas
8:00 & 11:00pm: A service of carols and anthems, leading up to the beautiful candlelighting service.
Rev. Erica Thompson preaching at both services
Christmas Day Worship Service | 10:15am (no childcare)
Come to the manger and celebrate Christ’s birth as the “Word becomes flesh and dwells among us.” Rev. Erica Thompson leading worship
Watch Day Brunch (9:30am) & Worship Service (11:00am) | Sun, Dec. 31
We will ring in the new year with a festive brunch in Drew Hall followed by a Watch “Day” service, commemorating the history in the African-American community, where slaves gathered in churches on New Year's Eve 1862, to await news and confirmation of the enactment of the Emancipation Proclamation on January 1, 1863. All are welcome after the service for a “bubbly” toast at 12:00noon.
Other Events and Services
Women’s Advent Retreat: Walking the Way of Hope | Sat, Dec. 2, 11:00am – 2:00pm
Connect with women and explore questions of wholeness using Jan Richardson’s book, Walking the Way of Hope. Childcare provided (please indicate on sign-up form if needed).
Angel Tree | Sun, Dec. 3 | Drew Hall
Purchase a gift for a child or teen in our community. Please return gifts by Sunday, December 17.
Children’s Christmas Store | Sun, Dec. 3, 10:00am – 12:00noon | Twichell Room
The church’s youngest members have an opportunity to experience the joys of giving in a non-commercial and God-centered environment. Wrapped, modestly priced gifts (ranging from $0.50 - $5.00) are available for purchase.
Service of Remembrance and Healing | Mon, Dec. 4, 7:00pm
If you have experienced loss, this healing service of prayer, song, and a time of sacred remembrance, will provide a sense of peace and comfort.
Music for Humanity: Choral Masterworks Christmas Concert | Sun, Dec. 17, 4:00pm
The AHCC Choir, orchestra, and soloists present a concert of choral masterworks for the Christmas season. All proceeds benefit ImmaCare, striving to eliminate homelessness in the Hartford region.