Theme: The Coming Kingdom
Services on Sunday, November 29 will be livestreamed at 8:30 and 11:00 on Calvary's YouTube Channel.
Just as the first lights in the sky every morning point to the promise of the coming day, Advent is full of anticipation as we see and hear about the promises of God’s coming kingdom. Yes, it comes in a little baby. But it is also now coming to us and will come in its fullness one day. Lift-up your heads! Open your ears! Make room in your heart and life.
Are you keeping watch for God’s coming kingdom? Are you allowing yourself to anticipate and watch for the good that God has prepared for us and the world in Jesus Christ? How can you speak and act of that good even now to others? How can we together rejoice in hope until the long-anticipated kingdom is upon us?
On Sunday, November 29 at 4:30, Calvary will have it’s first Advent Tree Lighting Event!
This is a CHURCH FAMILY EVENT for all ages and for all families. This will be a great time to see each other and to kick off the Advent Season together.
This will be an outdoor event and you will have an opportunity to help decorate the trees with ornaments that will help God’s creation through the upcoming cold winter days. You may also create an Advent Wreath to take home with you so as we light the advent wreath at church, you can also light your Advent Wreath at home.
Come and join in the fun of gathering as a church family. Please make sure to dress warm, practice social distancing and remember to bring your mask with you. We hope to see you on Sunday the 29th.
You are invited to join Pastor Debbie on Wednesdays at 7pm for a time of Advent prayer by Zoom.
These days are challenging for us all with stress, frustrations, and worries as we celebrate Advent in the midst of a global pandemic. Each week, we will join together for some caring conversation, reading of an Advent scripture, and extended prayer time for ourselves, our community, and world.
There is so much to pray for in this time. Let’s support one another in persevering in prayer during Advent. (Romans 12: 12)
Journey back in time to Bethlehem on Sunday evening, December 13 from 4:00 – 7:00 pm.
You and your family will be welcomed to Bethlehem by the Census Taker and introduced to your guide who will lead you through the experience. You will meet a Roman soldier on horseback, visit the market where bread, fruit and other items can be found, meet a group of shepherds warming themselves around a campfire and talking about seeing the angels and their visit to see the baby.
Meet the Innkeeper, encounter a person in need, feed the animals, and of course, visit Mary, Joseph and the newborn baby.
All COVID guidelines will be practiced: social distancing, hand sanitizing, and temperature checks as you enter the city.
To maintain a maximum of 50 persons at one time, it is important that you click the button below to sign up online, or if you prefer, you may call the church office at St. James at 704-786-0166 to schedule your time.
Each time slot is 20 minutes long.
A huge THANK YOU to Jeff and Nita Jones for allowing us to use their farm for this special event. The address of the farm is 835 Brafford Drive, Concord, NC 28025. We hope to see you in Bethlehem.
Join Pastor Debbie and Susan Norris for Centering Prayer via zoom on Tuesdays at 10 am or 7:30 pm.
Centering Prayer is based on the wisdom saying of Jesus in the Sermon on the Mount: “But when you pray, go to your inner room, close the door and pray to your Father in secret. And your Father, who sees in secret, will reward you.” MT 6:6 It is not meant to replace other kinds of prayer; rather it casts a new light and depth on the meaning of them. It is at the same time a relationship with God and a discipline to foster that relationship.
Our sessions, which include a liturgy, Scripture, a brief contemplative reading, and meditation, will last approximately 40 minutes. While some people attend a workshop first as an introduction to the method of Centering Prayer, it is not a requirement to join us.
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