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Hanging of the Greens

Sunday, Dec. 8 at 6:30 p.m. in the Sanctuary

Our first special Christmas service of the season is a festival of decorating, singing and giving…and it’s for all ages!

The carols of the season are brought to life through our singing and special music as together we decorate our sanctuary for Christmas! Do you know what the Christmas tree teaches us about God’s love and gift? How about poinsettias or wreaths or candles? Come to this service and find out the Christian symbolism in the decorations that we use each year!

A highlight of the night is the sharing of the total giving to our “Starting Local/Going Global” program and dedicating the gifts gathered.

You are also invited to bring a “finger” dessert for sharing as we end the evening with a dessert fellowship time. You’re on the way home by 8 pm with the warmth of the Christmas season in your heart!

BSBC Christmas Party

Saturday, Dec. 14 from 4 to 6 p.m. in the Gym

An afternoon event for all ages! We gather for a supper of Greco pizza, salad and potluck desserts! Then join in a little crafting (easy enough for ANYone to do) as we prepare Christmas remembrances for our seniors not able to join with us. What follows is a Christmas celebration in the sanctuary with puppets and singing and skits and laughter and joy! At the end of our party, if you are able, engage in a prayer walk around our downtown core and spiritually engage in loving our city for Christ!

Children’s Concert: The Christmas Quiz

Sunday, Dec. 15 at 9:30 a.m. in the Sanctuary

Let’s get together and check the facts about the real meaning of Christmas as our children of all ages share the truth about Jesus’ birth. A wonderful morning of childish delight in the baby, Jesus!

Service of Comfort & Hope

Friday, Dec. 20 at 6:30 p.m.

Simply put, Christmas can be one of the most difficult times of year for those who have suffered loss – recently or long ago. In the midst of celebrations which are so appropriate for the coming of Jesus Christ, grief needs a place of comfort and light.

On the Monday evening prior to Christmas, those who know the experience of loss are invited to meet in the Sanctuary for a simple service of “comfort and hope.” Through this service we will reflect on what it means for Christ to come into our human experience and share our joys and sorrows.

During the service, a candle will be lit as each name on the Roll of Honour is read. This reminds us of the light Christ brings to our lives and our grief.

To have the name of your loved one added to the Roll of Honour simply contact the church office (receptionist@bsbc.nb.ca/458-8348) by noon, Friday, December 20.

Candlelight Service

Sunday, Dec. 22 at 6:30 p.m. in the Sanctuary

There is a certain stillness brought about by candlelight. It is that stillness, that gentleness that wraps the heart this special Sunday evening as we, again, visit Bethlehem and the manger.

Our Sanctuary Choir, Adult Handbell Choir, vocal and instrumental soloists will unfold the story of Bethlehem.

Are you looking for a “sanctuary” from the rush and hustle of the “holiday” season? Our annual Candlelight Service will provide just such a place!

As is our custom, we recognize Christmas as God’s season of giving. Each year the offering from this service is designated to support an organization in our downtown community which serves the needs of the less fortunate. This year, the offering received will go to support the work of the Fredericton Downtown Community Health Center. We pray that this will bring the light of Christmas to more lives in the city of Fredericton!

Christmas Eve Services

Tuesday Dec. 24 in the Sanctuary

6 p.m. Family-Friendly Service of Christmas Joy

8 p.m. A More Reflective Service

With the shepherds we say, “Let’s go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.” Luke 2: 15b

Again, the carols that make this a season of singing will be part of our worship at the manger. A special story for the children will be included in both services which are designed to be 50 minutes in length and to provide blessing to all ages.

This Christmas we hope that you will journey with us to the manger, that together we may marvel at God’s wonderful gift of Love!

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