Advent and Christmas at
Fourth Presbyterian Church


Advent Devotions

Advent Morning Prayer and Labyrinth Walk

Christmas Flowers

Christmas Wishes

Sharing Christmas Joy:
Light Up a Life

Fair Trade Bazaar

Festival of Advent Lessons and Carols

“Longest Night” Service

Christmas Eve and Christmas Day


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 will be available in a variety of ways beginning the First Sunday of Advent, November 28:

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)

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Memorial Gifts for Christmas Flowers

Each year we are invited to recognize those who are special in our life by making contributions toward the purchase of Advent wreaths and Christmas flowers to decorate the Sanctuary and Buchanan Chapel. The names of those honored or remembered by the gifts are printed in the Christmas bulletin.

Contributions can be made online and must be received by Sunday, December 12 in order for names to be included in the bulletin.

For more information, contact Andrea Miller.

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Christmas Wishes

Again this year Women at Fourth is coordinating our Christmas Wishes efforts to provide gifts for Chicago Lights Tutoring students. This year each student will receive a gift card and a book.

To support the Christmas Wishes project, we are collecting gift cards to Target, Amazon, and Walmart. If you are dropping off gift cards at the church, please mark them to the attention of Simon Crow and designate the amount on the card(s). (We are giving $30 worth of gift cards to each student.)

Due to current shipping delays, Women at Fourth is purchasing all the books that will be given to students but would appreciate monetary contributions to support the book purchases.

Monetary gifts can be made to Fourth Church, noting “Christmas Wishes” in the comments/memo line.

For more information, contact Simon Crow.

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Sharing Christmas Joy

In response to God’s gift to us, we too seek to give to others in this season, to share the love that came down at Christmas. One way we can share that Christmas joy is through the “Light Up a Life” offering.

Gifts can be made online, noting “Light Up a Life” in the Comments section.

Or to make a gift to Fourth Church using Venmo. Tap the Pay button in the app and search for Fourth Church (@Fourth-Church). Enter a gift amount, write a quick note, and tap Pay.

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Worship Opportunities


Festival of Advent Lessons and Carols

We hope you will join us for this special evening, when we sing Advent hymns and read again the texts that lead us on our journey to the manger.

Sunday, December 12, 2021
6:30 p.m.
In the Sanctuary and livestreamed at www.fourthchurch.org


“Longest Night” Service

Typically held on a weeknight the week prior to Christmas, this worship opportunity, which is also known as a “Blue Christmas” service, acknowledges that grief, loss, struggles, and darkness can make it difficult to share in the traditional joyous celebrations of Christmas.

Tuesday, December 21, 2021
6:30 p.m.
In Buchanan Chapel; in-person only


Christmas Eve Services

Friday, December 24, 2021

Online Children’s Pageant
4:00 p.m.

Online only at www.fourthchurch.org


Christmas Eve Family Service

6:00 p.m.
In the Sanctuary; in-person only
This Family Service will be the only Christmas Eve service with socially distanced seating options.

The wearing of masks will be required of all in attendance. To avoid the need to blow out candles we will have battery-operated tea lights to use during Silent Night.


Christmas Eve Service of Lessons and Carols
8:00 p.m
.
In the Sanctuary and livestreamed at www.fourthchurch.org
The service will also be available for viewing later.

There will be no socially distanced seating available at this service. The wearing of masks will be required of all in attendance. To avoid the need to blow out candles we will have battery-operated tea lights to use during Silent Night.

Christmas Eve Service of Lessons and Carols
10:00 p.m
.
In the Sanctuary; in-person only

There will be no socially distanced seating available at this service. The wearing of masks will be required of all in attendance. To avoid the need to blow out candles we will have battery-operated tea lights to use during Silent Night.


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Christmas Day Service

Saturday, December 25, 2021
10:00 a.m.
In the Sanctuary; in-person only

We celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ with this festive service of morning worship.

We will not be livestreaming our Christmas Day service but invite those who want to set aside time for worship online on Christmas Day to watch the Christmas Eve service from the previous evening or last year’s Christmas Day service at www.fourthchurch.org.

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