Advent Services

We're following the Advent Calendar this year for our Christmas celebration beginning November 27th. 

If you miss any of our services, you can listen online.


Learn more about Advent below or download the Advent guide to do on your own or within community. This guide was developed and generously provided by the Village Church in Flowermound, TX.

ADVENT DEFINED

The Advent season officially begins on the fourth Sunday before Christmas and continues until Christmas Eve or Day. The word “Advent,” is formed from a Latin word meaning “coming” or “arrival.”  It’s the traditional celebration of the first advent of Jesus in humility and the anxious awaiting of His return. The season is a time for remembering and rejoicing, watching and waiting.

There are a variety of ways to celebrate the Advent season, depending on tradition and background. Many people use an Advent calendar, typically made up of 24 “windows” containing Scriptures, stories, poems or gifts, to count down the days until Christmas. As each window is opened and the final day draws closer, expectation increases. This reminds us of the hopeful yet anxious waiting God’s people experienced as they longed for the promised Savior to come.


Another popular tradition is marking the progression of the season through an Advent wreath made up of five candles. This symbol is borrowed from the emphasis throughout Scripture of Jesus Christ being the Light of the World (Matt. 4:16; John 1:4-9, 8:12). Each week a new candle is lit in anticipation of Christmas Eve. The last candle, called the Christ Candle, is lit on Christmas Eve to represent Jesus’ first advent. Through this theme of ever-increasing light penetrating the darkness, we see a picture of the gospel.


Regardless of the tradition, Advent is a significant time in the life of the church. It’s an opportunity for believers to remember God’s promise to send One who would overcome sin and death forever. God promised a Savior, and He kept that promise perfectly. 


Download the Advent guide to do on your own or within community.

CELEBRATING ADVENT

CHRISTMAS EVE SERVICES

Join us for our Christmas celebration on Friday, December 23rd (Christmas Eve EVE). 


Service Times: 5:30pm, 7:00pm, and 8:30pm (doors open a half hour before each service)


Location: ShenanArts Theater (300 CHURCHVILLE AVE, STAUNTON)


Learn more about this exciting evening!