Advent & Christmas
The season of Advent is essentially a season of preparation. We prepare for Christmas by decorating our homes and trees, we bake cookies and wrap gifts, we host parties and enjoy the company of family and friends. Advent is also about preparing our spirits for the birth of Jesus into our lives and the world.
At AHCC, the four Sundays of Advent (Hope, Peace, Joy, Love) are celebrated in various ways depending on the Annual Advent theme. The fourth Sunday of Advent, Christmas Sunday, is a large, festive service, with special music for choir and various instrumental ensembles.
Advent events and opportunities include:
We encourage you to check the church calendar for the complete listing of our Advent services and events.
On Christmas Eve, AHCC celebrates the birth of the Christ child with three distinctly different services:
Lent & Easter
Have you ever wondered what people are talking about when they say they’re giving something up for Lent? Do you need help understanding what Lent is and how it relates to Easter?
Lent is the 40 days (not including Sundays) from Ash Wednesday to the Saturday before Easter. Lent is often described as a time of preparation and an opportunity to go deeper with God. This means that it’s a time for personal reflection that prepares people’s hearts and minds for Good Friday and Easter.
What are the key days during Lent?
At AHCC, Lent and Holy Week are celebrated through worship services, concerts and musical offerings, and other special events. We encourage you to check the church calendar for the complete listing of our Lent and Holy Week services and events.
Sunrise Service at Elizabeth Park Overlook (corner of Prospect and Asylum Avenue). Scripture says that on the third day a group of women arrived at the tomb while it was still dark. Celebrating the resurrection of Christ we gather to watch the sunrise over the horizon and proclaim the Good News of that indeed, He Lives!
The Easter service in the AHCC sanctuary is a celebratory worship service where the symbols of death are cast aside and the light of the resurrection shines forth in hymns of praise, words of hope, and fabulous music! Oh, and Easter lilies galore!