It Is Time!
Experience an Advent that really matters with Trinity!
Advent is an important season for us. Amidst the chaos and confusion in our world, we take time to be still, be quiet, and wait for Jesus.
What is Advent?
Advent is celebrated during the four Sundays leading up to Christmas. It is a period of waiting and preparation for the coming of Jesus as newborn king.
Advent Celebration (Sunday Evenings, 4 – 6 pm)
Our Advent Jubilee will feature 3 weeks of being together for a meal and activities, all beginning at 4pm. All activities are family-friendly and we encourage you to bring friends and neighbors with you as well.
- Week 1, December 3:
Christmas is coming! To help us prepare, we have a series of Advent special events planned. The first is an evening of fun, crafts, food, and the usual mayhem associated with all of that. Come join us Sunday, December 3! We’ll create beginning at 4pm, followed by a shared potluck meal together.
Come, eat, be merry, and leave with some great crafts to help put you in the holiday mood!
Week 2, December 10
Trinity’s choir (and friends) will present a service of Lessons & Carols on Sunday, December 10 at 4:00PM in our beautiful Sanctuary. This year’s program will feature several guest musicians and vocalists as well as Trinity’s handbell choir. A reception with a live Jazz ensemble will follow, featuring special guest musicians from VCUarts.
The traditional “Lessons & Carols” service traces its roots to Victorian England, where it was inaugurated at King’s College Chapel, Cambridge. The service includes select scripture readings and carols that tell the Christmas story with grace and power. We hope that you and your loved ones will join us for this most meaningful service.
Week 3, December 17
There’s something brewing at headquarters. Nothing will ever be the same. Of course we all know that the shepherds were the first to know about the birth of Christ. Or were they? After all, there were a lot of details that needed attention to make sure that the first Christmas went according to Scripture. It’s up to an elite band of angels to make sure everything goes as planned, from arranging accommodations (or the lack thereof) for the holy family, to hanging the star, to informing everyone of the event, to … well, you get the picture. Join us on Sunday, December 17, at 4 pm as we consider that it might have been like two thousand years as we look into life B.C. (Before Christmas). Come with us for a behind-the-clouds look at what might have been during the planning of … Operation Christ Child.
We’ll have the play at 4pm, followed by a pot-luck (covered-dish) dinner. Come, eat, laugh, celebrate, and enjoy the season!
Week 4 is Christmas Eve!
Additional Advent Events
- Longest Night Service, Thursday, December 21
Join us on December 21, 2023, at 6:00pm, in the chapel for our Longest Night Service.
Our Longest Night service acknowledges that Christmas can bring feelings of sadness, pain, and loneliness for those who have lost a loved one, struggle with feelings of despair and disappointment, faced life after divorce or separation, coped with the loss of a job, received an unwelcome diagnosis, or experienced other forms of loss. The service takes place just prior to the Winter solstice, a natural phenomenon that ushers in the longest, darkest night of the year, symbolic of the “dark night of the soul” that often precedes our Christmas hope.
This service will be reflective, a time for us to join together and acknowledge the range of emotions this season can bring. Whoever you are, and wherever you find yourself on your journey, you are welcome to join us for this service of prayer and reflection, as we remember together Jesus’ promise. Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.
Advent and Christmas Eve Offering
This year, our Advent offering and Christmas Eve offering will be given to our mission partners, including United Methodist Family Services (UMFS).
UMFS works with high-risk children and families across Virginia. Our financial support allows UMFS to make a difference in the lives of these children and their families.
Will you consider giving to mission partners this Advent?
You can give online at https://www.trinityumc.net/give/
*When you give online, please be sure to choose “Advent Offering” from the dropdown menu.
Are you looking for a way to connect to the season of Advent in a meaningful way? This year Trinity has once again produced its own devotional guide. Feel free to download a copy, or come by for a printed copy of your own. Don’t miss this opportunity to slow down during what can be the busiest time of the year to reflect on the God who gave us the ultimate gift–his son, born in a manager.
Christmas Eve Worship
Celebrate Christ’s birth at Trinity. We will have a single morning worship at 10:00am, and four evening worship services on December 24, for you and your family.
10:00 AM Combined Sunday worship involving elements from both the normal 9:00 AM and 10:00 AM worship services.
4:00 PM Family Service with Kids’ Interactive (and unrehearsed) Christmas Pageant
We are so excited to share with you a reimagined Christmas pageant that focuses on telling the Christmas story using kits that will be provided and all voices singing our favorite Christmas carols! The pageant will take place during the 4 PM Christmas Eve Family Service in the sanctuary.
6:00 PM Modern Christmas Eve worship service
During our 6:00 Christmas Eve service, we will sing carols led by our modern worship band, share communion, and celebrate the joy and peace Christ brings. Our service will culminate in a traditional candlelight vigil. We hope you and your family will join us for this most meaningful celebration!
8:00 PM Christmas Eve worship service
A traditional format service featuring Carols, Communion, and Candlelight vigil. Come celebrate together this meaningful celebration of this most holy night.
11:00 PM Christmas Eve worship service
A traditional Christmas Eve worship service. This late night service is a more subdued format, featuring Christmas music, Communion, and candlelight vigil. Come, celebrate, as we bring in Christmas Day together.