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Saturday, December 16 // First Noel // 10:00 am & 2:00 pm // VanDusen Garden

Sunday, December 17 // Nine Lessons & Carols // 4:30 pm

Sunday, December 24 Morning // Holy Communion // 10:00 am

Sunday, December 24 Evening // Contemporary Family Service 5:00 pm // Evening Prayer & Eats 8:00 pm // Holy Communion 10:00 pm

Monday, December 25 // Holy Communion // 10:00 am

 

All services are held at 5350 Baillie Street unless otherwise noted
Regular Sunday Service Times through December: 8:00 am // 10:00 am // 6:00 pm

 

Resources for the season

 

+ Christmas Chest of Ideas

This Christmas, we have compiled this list of ideas for how you can both reach out and build community around the Christmas season.

Throw a Party:

  • Host your own Little Christmas on December 23. Invite your friends and neighbours over to share a meal and to explain what Christmas means to you.
  • Organize caroling with the neighbourhood kids and invite them and their parents over for hot chocolate, treats, and Christmas story.
  • Host an International Christmas Party for people new to the city. Make the event a potluck and invite people to contribute a local dish or food from their country of origin. Teach Christmas carols and have table activities that introduce Christmas traditions and the Christmas narrative.

Put it in Writing:

  • Hand-write Christmas cards to neighbours and pray for the people as you sign the cards.
  • Invite your friends to some of St. John’s Christmas events and services.

Acts of Generosity:

  • Bring Christmas baking to Christmas Eve Eats, our party between the 8:00 pm and 10:00 pm Christmas Eve services! If you are able to do this let Donna know (donna@sjvan.org).
  • Gift a gift or card to people who you are in regular contact with. For example: bus drivers, shop keepers, parking attendants, dentists, newpaper delivery person.
  • Volunteer at an organization that needs extra help around Christmas.

Give a gift:
Books for Kids

  • Song of the Stars: A Christmas Story by Sally Lloyd-Jones
  • My Merry Christmas by Sally Lloyd-Jones
  • The Christmas Miracle of Jonathan Toomey by Susan Wojciechowski
  • The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis

Books for Adults

  • Hidden Christmas: The Surprising Truth Behind the Birth of Christ by Tim Keller
  • The Problem of God: Answering a Skeptic's Challenges to Christianity by Mark Clark
  • Jayber Crow by Wendell Berry
  • Lila or Gilead by Marilynne Robinson

+ Practicing Advent

Each year we create a daily liturgy for you to practice throughout Advent. Click on the button below to access the digital copy.