Advent and Christmas 2018

A season of Anticipation… and Joy!

Many of us seem to have turned the Christmas season into a seasons of busy-ness, of hurrying to get everything ready, of fretting over making our celebrations perfect.

Instead, we should look at what the season is really about. Not rushing about, but of waiting in anticipation. Not trying to do everything ourselves, but of accepting the joy given to us through the arrival of Christ into the world.

Advent — Sunday December 2 to Monday December 24, 2017 — is  a season of waiting: waiting for the birth of Jesus, the incarnation of God among us, and at the same time anticipating his return as Lord of Earth. It’s also a season of preparing: putting up Christmas lights and the tree, shopping for gifts, making travel plans to be with loved ones at Christmas.

Make a service at one of the York Mills Minster family – St. John’s York Mills Church, St. Leonard’s Church, Yonge Lawrence Fellowship – a part of your Christmas season, and think about inviting a friend or family member, too. On the third Sunday of Advent – December 16 – the children do a Christmas pageant at the 10:30 a.m. service, and at 7:00 p.m. is the beautiful Candlelight and Carols service.

Christmas Eve – Monday, December 24 – features two services. At 5:00 p.m. is the lively Family Christmas (with communion), and at 10:00 p.m. is the Classic Candlelight Christmas, a traditional service to will fill your heart with the holiness of the season.

Christmas Day — Tuesday, December 25 — is the wonderful day when we welcome Jesus, not with clamorous excitement but with deep joy. We gather at The Sacred Table at 9:00 a.m. for a quiet but heartfelt celebration.

 

Advent and Christmas 2018
Special Services and Events

 

Advent — December 2 to December 24
Sun Dec 2
9:00 a.m.
Advent Lessons and Carols
At the Sacred Table service, experience the Christmas story, from the words of the prophets to the birth of Christ, as told through words and music.
Sun Dec 9
3:00 p.m.
Christmas Sing and Ring
A fun family concert with the handbell ringers, the band, the choir, and with audience participation. Free admission, with a free-will offering for charity.
Fri Dec 14
7:30 p.m.
@ Yonge Lawrence Fellowship
Carols and Candlelight
A warm and welcoming get-together with music and singing, and with mulled wine and Christmas treats. A wonderful way to ease into the Christmas spirit – bring a friend!
Sun Dec 16
10:30 a.m.
Children’s Christmas Pageant at the Open Door
The children perform a play that tells the story of the birth of Jesus.
Sun Dec 16
7:00 p.m.
Candlelight & Carols
With the choir and handbell ringers, experience the Christmas story told through traditional words and music. Free-will offerings to the work of SJYM in local and global communities.
Thur Dec 20
2:00 p.m.
Seniors’ Christmas Communion & Tea
A time for seniors and others who are not able to attend church regularly, to enjoy Christmas worship and a reception afterward.
Thur Dec 20
7:00 p.m.
@ St. Leonard’s Church
Longest Night of the Year
On this evening of the longest night of the year, a service for people who are grieving or finding it difficult to cope.
Christmas Eve — Monday December 24
5:00 p.m.
Family Christmas Eve Service
A lively and spirited celebration of the birthday of Jesus, tailored especially for families. Includes communion and activities for children.
7:00 p.m.
@ St. Leonard’s Church
Eucharist on Christmas Eve
A traditional Christmas Eve service with the choir. Includes communion.
10:00 p.m.
Classic Christmas Eve
As we approach midnight, a candlelit Christmas communion service in the traditional style with the choir.
Christmas Day — Tuesday December 25
9:00 a.m.
The Sacred Table on Christmas Day
A quiet and traditional service to honour the nativity of our Lord.
10:30 a.m.
@ St. Leonard’s Church
Christmas Day Service
A gentle and relaxed communion service honouring the nativity of our Lord.
Happy Christmas to Everyone!
Regular Sunday services resume on Sunday, December 30

Events are at St. John’s York Mills Church unless noted otherwise.

Where Events are Happening

St. John’s York Mills Church Yonge Lawrence Fellowship St. Leonard’s Church
19 Don Ridge Drive,
Toronto
(Off of Old Yonge Street
between Highway 401
and York Mills Road)
www.sjym.ca
25 Wanless Avenue,
Toronto
(Just north of intersection
of Yonge Street
and Lawrence Avenue)

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25 Wanless Avenue,
Toronto
(Just north of intersection
of Yonge Street
and Lawrence Avenue)
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