St. David’s United
Welcome! Christmas is coming! Are you ready? This Sunday during the 10:30 a.m. service, the worship theme, “Christmas Stories,” will focus on the Peace of Christmas, something not commonly experienced in the malls at this time of year when shopping to be ready for Christmas. A brief congregational meeting follows worship to approve the 2019 budget. Thanks to everyone who brought an abundance of unwrapped gifts last Sunday in support of Operation Sharing’s The Christmas Place taking place this week. The Spirit of Christmas continues! Help decorate with Christmas tree in the Friendship room with mittens, gloves, hats and scarves. These items will be donated to the Ingamo Homes community closer to Christmas. Thank you. A reminder that the UCW General Christmas Social takes place this Tuesday at 1:30 p.m. All ladies welcome. See you there! St. David’s, where all are welcome all the time. Welcome!
Holy Trinity Catholic
Holy Trinity Parish is located at 1420 Devonshire Ave. in Woodstock. Please join us at Holy Trinity. Mass times are: Saturday at 5 p.m. and Sunday at
8:30 a.m. and noon. Tuesday is at 7 p.m. and Wednesday through Friday at 9:30 a.m. We continue to prepare our hearts for the birth of Jesus at Christmas as we light our second candle on our Advent wreath to remind us of the four weeks in Advent. This second flames joins the first flame, reminding us that Jesus is the light of the world! Wishing you a fruitful season. Holy Trinity’s 27th annual Christmas Pageant is Friday, Dec. 14, at 7 p.m. in the Parish Life Centre. All are welcome! Come on out and share the true meaning of Christmas. Please share the true meaning of Christmas where our children shine like the stars of Bethlehem. Social following with Christmas karaoke sing along Please feel free to bring in a favourite dessert to share!
Church of the Epiphany
Welcome to the Church of the Epiphany this Sunday as we start the Advent season with the lighting of the second candle in our Advent wreath. Wednesday communion service is 10 a.m. in the chapel Food for Thought this week is Ritz crackers or Wheat Thins. Next Week, whole wheat or multi-grain crackers. “The recitation of the great O Antiphons are among Christianity’s most treasured Advent traditions. Join us in the chapel for the next few Monday afternoons at 2 p.m., as we consider their function and place in our Christmas preparations as well as the ancient wisdom they have to offer. Need a stocking stuffer? The 2019 church calendars are now available at coffee hour or at the church office. Cost is $5 each. Friday, Dec. 14, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. is Messy Church. Theme: The Journey to the Manger. All families are invited. Friday, Dec. 21, at noon: Fresh Beginnings group meet in the lounge. Lessons and carol service is Sunday, Dec. 23, at 10:30 a.m. Christmas Eve. services: 7 p.m. Christmas family communion at 10 p.m. Carols and 10:30 p.m. eucharist.
Bethany Lutheran Church
Please come join us for service this second Sunday of Advent, Dec. 9, at 10 a.m. Worship will include holy communion. It will be held in the Fellowship Hall this Sunday. Sunday church school begins at 10 a.m. They will be practising for the “12 Symbols of Christmas” that they will present next Sunday, Dec. 16, at 10 a.m. Everyone is welcome! If you would like to rent a room in our building for your event, please contact the office at 519-539-2451, Wednesdays and Thursdays 9 a.m.-3 p.m. For more information about our congregation, visit our website at www. bethanywoodstock.ca, or become a friend of Bethany-Lutheran-Church on Facebook.
First Baptist Church
We invite you to join us this Sunday at 10:30 a.m. for our worship service with transitional pastors Rev. Bud Hooper and Mr. Phil Fraser. On this second Sunday of Advent, Pastor Bud with be speaking on the sermon entitled “Knock, Knock: Who’s There?,” with the scriptures being taken from Luke 2:1-7. During the service, in-pew activities are available for children ages 4-12 and nursery care is provided for babies and toddlers. Immediately following worship, our Church Family Christmas Potluck Lunch will be held. If you would like to join us and need a ride, please call John Hinchcliffe at 519-537-9677.
College Avenue Church
Sunday, Dec. 9: Sunday we celebrate the second of the candles of Advent … the Candle of Peace. The angels spoke of peace and in my day, the hippies gave everyone the two-fingered welcome of peace and yet we still wonder where the peace is hiding. I guess it’s more an individual experience, realized through our relationship with Jesus. That’s what we’ll consider this week. Please join us as Pastor Lloyd leads our Christmas Celebration Service at 10:30 a.m. Music will be provided by our very own College Ave. choir and men’s choral group. Nursery and Sunday school will resume next week. Our Congregational Christmas Potluck Lunch will follow in Memorial Hall … a favourite for everyone. All are invited to join us! Wednesday, Dec. 12: Bible study concludes this week at 2 p.m. in the church parlour. All are welcome to join us as we discuss and study God’s Word. Also, be sure to watch for notice of Bible study resuming in the New Year. Thursday, Dec. 13: The Sr. Men’s Fellowship meets at 1 p.m. in Memorial Hall for cards and fellowship. Choir practice is at 6:30 p.m. in the sanctuary.
Oxford Centre/Curries United Churches
On Sunday, Dec. 9, the service of worship and Sunday school begin at 9:30 a.m. at Curries and at Oxford Centre at 11 a.m. At 3 p.m., the “Blue Service” is at Curries. It is an ecumenical service of worship to include Oxford Centre United Church and all the East Oxford Anglican churches with Rev. Grady and
Rev. Perry. For may different reasons in our lives, Advent and Christmas can feel difficult, rather than joyful. If this is your experience, know that you are not alone. Please join us for a simple service of worship as we honour the hard times and embrace God’s hope in this season of waiting for Christ’s birth.
Christ Church Anglican Oxford Centre
Join us for our parish service this week at Christ Church. The lessons and carols service begins at 10 a.m. There are very few tickets left for our concert tomorrow at 1:30 p.m. Please call 519-485-4461 if you are interested. There are no ticket sales at the door - advance only. The Ladies Aid Christmas Potluck is on Wednesday, beginning at 6:30 p.m., at the Keeping Room. Please contact Karen or Marg is you are able to attend. Wrinkled with burdens?
Come to Jesus for a faith lift.
Maranatha Christian Reformed Church
Please join us this Sunday, Dec. 9, for our 10 a.m. service to be led by Pastor Daryl Meijer. There is nursery for the little ones and Sunday school for children ages three to Grade 6. We are located at 735 Frontenac Cres., Woodstock. If you are not able to attend, but would like to stream our services you can go to our website: www.maranathacrcwoodstock.com and click the link “Livestream” on the left side. For more information please call the church at 519-539-5301.
Dundas Street United
Please join us for worship this Sunday at 10:30 a.m. We will be moving into the second Sunday of our Advent season, the Sunday we call Peace. Ah yes, in the midst of our busy, holiday – filled with preparations including shopping, cooking, baking, and entertaining, is there actually space for peace? Absolutely! Come and experience a sense of peace that takes us beyond “having a muchneeded rest” to a feeling of wholeness and renewal. We are all seeking peace in some shape or form – whether it is peace within our bodies or minds, peace in our families, at work, or in our world. As we gather to worship, we will take time to feel the peace and wonder of the Christ child, this One who was and is, a gift from God for each one of us. Come and feel the peace of Christ fill you, surround you and renew you! It is also Welcoming Sunday and so we will be celebrating the sacrament of holy baptism with a little one, as well as welcoming a new member into our community of faith. We will be spending time with Mary and that busy angel called Gabriel, as together we create space for the Christ child and celebrate that “nothing is impossible with God!” Please join us! We have an awesome Sunday school for kids and youth, as well as a supervised, caring nursery. This Sunday is Food Sharing Sunday, so please bring your gifts of food and household items to help those who are struggling to fed their families or themselves. Tonight (Friday, Dec. 7) is Fantastic Friday from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. It is “Paint Night” and so, after an interactive story, we will be exploring our artistic talents as we create our own Christmas story. All are welcome. Please don’t worry about “artistic talents” – this is an evening of fun for everyone and everyone.
We warmly invite you to worship with us this Sunday, Dec. 9, starting at 10:20 a.m. with pastor Pete Burrill bringing the message. Peace. It’s what we all want at the end of a chaotic day. Just to sit back, enjoy the silence and try to find some balance once again. The problem? This peace is completely external and dependant on external circumstances. How can we be at peace when there is chaos around us? How can I have the kind of peace described in the Bible? The peace that goes beyond understanding. Advent is a season of “expectant waiting.” We know that something is coming, someone has come and is coming again, but there are things to “do” while we expectantly wait. As we prepare for Christ, one thing we do is refocus on the peace He brings. See you Sunday! Join us for a time of coffee and fellowship following the service. Nursery is available for babies, toddlers, and two-year-olds. All children ages three through Grade 4 are welcome to join us for Sunday school during the service.
Check out our new Facebook page, www.facebook.com/emmanuelreformedchurch/, for events coming up. For more information regarding our service or the programs we offer, please contact the church office at 519-5376422 or visit our website www.emmanuelreformedchurch.ca.
Knox Presbyterian Church
An invitation is extended to those of you from Woodstock and area to join us for the 50th annual Community Christmas Carol Concert that happens this Sunday, Dec. 9, here at Knox. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.; concert begins at 7:30 p.m. The guest organist will be Angus Sinclair, featuring local performers and a mass community church choir. Free-will offering for Operation Sharing. The Advent Bible study continues Wednesday at 1:30 p.m. Knox KAOS Christmas Potluck is Saturday,
Dec. 15, at 2 p.m. Our Christmas Eve communion service is at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 24. Knox is a member of the Presbyterian Church in Canada. Our minister is Rev. Mark McLennan. For more information about Knox or any of our programs, check us out at www.knoxwoodstock.ca.
Christ Church, Huntingford
Please feel very welcome to join us this Sunday at 10:30 a.m. at our beautiful church on Highway 59.
Fr. Chris Travers will celebrate holy communion. We invite everyone who attends to receive this sacrament. This Sunday is the second Sunday of the Christmas season of Advent. A symbol of Advent is the Advent wreath. This week, the second candle on the wreath will be lit. Our music ministry will be led by John Carley. Thank you, John! Following the service, we invite everyone to stay for coffee, cookies and conversation. White Gift Sunday will be Dec. 16. Toys are being collected until then for the Salvation Army Christmas outreach. Gifts are needed for infants to teens. We hope to match or exceed last years outstanding collection. Gifts will be wrapped at the Salvation Army. Next Sunday, Rt. Rev. Linda Nicholls, bishop of the Huron Diocese, will join us for our morning service at
10:30 a.m. and join us for a potluck lunch as well. The bishop’s visit is always a special occasion, so please attend as you are able. Christ Church is well over 150 years old and has been lovingly preserved. We are fully accessible with an elevator to all three levels. Our office is in the Church of the Epiphany building in Woodstock at the corner of Dundas and Wellington. Anglican Church calendars are now available from Donna Wilson for $5. Offering envelopes for 2019 are on the shelves near the entrance door.