Advent and Christmas at
Fourth Presbyterian Church


Christmas Cantata (Fourth Sunday of Advent)

Christmas
Eve
Christmas Day

Christmas Dinner
Christmastide Lessons and Carols

Nursery Care | Parking

Advent and Christmas Devotions

Video of the 2017 Christmas Eve Lessons and Carols service.


Christmas Cantata

—Sunday, December 23, 2018—

9:30 and 11:00 a.m. in the Sanctuary

On the Fourth Sunday of Advent, the Morning Choir signs a Christmas Cantata as part of the 9:30 and 11:00 a.m. services. This year the cantata will be A Ceremony of Carols by Benjamin Britten.

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Christmas Eve

Christmas Eve Worship with Candlelight
—Monday, December 24, 2018—

4:00 p.m.
Children’s Pageant | Matt Helms preaching
6:00 p.m. Family Service | Shannon J. Kershner preaching
8:00 p.m. Lessons and Carols | Shannon J. Kershner preaching
10:00 p.m. Lessons and Carols | Shannon J. Kershner preaching

The 8:00 p.m. Lessons and Carols service will be live streamed at www.bit.ly/FPCworship.

On Christmas Eve nursery care will be available from 3:00 to 7:15 p.m.

Discounted parking on Christmas Eve is available only at the 900 N. Michigan garage. Those who enter the garage on Christmas Eve prior to 3:00 p.m. will need to purchase a parking validation ticket at the church for $17. Those who enter after 3:00 p.m. will be able to park for $8 with a different validation ticket that can be picked up for free that day at the church.

For those worshiping at 6:00, 8:00, or 10:00 p.m., all entry to the Sanctuary will be from Michigan Avenue entrances. Worshipers arriving before the Sanctuary has been emptied following the previous service will be invited to join the queue in the Loggia (accessible through the glass doors on Michigan Avenue). After that queue has entered the emptied Sanctuary, access will be allowed via the Michigan Avenue Sanctuary doors.

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Christmas Day

Christmas Day Worship
—Tuesday, December 25, 2018—

11:00 a.m. Christmas Day Worship | Lucy Forster-Smith preaching

On Christmas Day nursery care will not be available. Children are always welcome to worship with their families!

Discounted parking on Christmas Day is available only at the 900 N. Michigan garage and requires purchasing a validation ticket at the church for $17.

A Christmas dinner (tickets required) will be held in Anderson Hall following the service, offering opportunity to share a traditional Christmas meal with friends new and old. As space allows, tickets will be available from the church reception desk.

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First Sunday after Christmas

—Sunday, December 30, 2018—

8:00 a.m. Communion | Lucy Forster-Smith preaching
9:30 a.m. Christmastide Lessons and Carols
11:00 a.m. Christmastide Lessons and Carols
4:00 p.m. Jazz Communion | Christmastide Lessons and Carols

There is no Sunday School on December 30. The Nursery will be open for children up to age five; families are encouraged to have their chileren join them in worship.

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Nursery Care

On Christmas Eve nursery care will be available from 3:00 to 7:15 p.m.

On Christmas Day nursery care will not be available. Children are always welcome to worship with their families!

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Parking

Discounted parking on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day is available only at the 900 N. Michigan garage. Those who enter the garage on Christmas Eve prior to 3:00 p.m. will need to purchase a parking validation ticket at the church for $17. Those who enter after 3:00 p.m. will be able to park for $8 with a different validation ticket that can be picked up for free that day at the church. Those parking on Christmas Day will need to purchase a validation ticket at the church for $17 discounted parking.

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Advent and Christmas Devotions

As we await the coming of the Messiah, we remember that the season of Advent is not simply about readying ourselves for the observances of Christmas but about setting aside time to prepare our hearts and lives to receive the gift that comes to us in the stable.

On this Advent journey, we invite you to join with us in using our Advent devotions, which are written by members and staff of Fourth Church.

Daily Advent and Christmas devotions are available in a variety of ways:

Via email: Sign up by clicking here or on “Get Email Updates” at the upper left of this web page (or send addresses to devotions@fourthchurch.org)

On Facebook

Shared on Twitter

In printed booklets: Available in the church literature racks

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