Advent at WPC

Special Advent Worship Services at Westminster in 2018

Westminster Presents: Advent Lessons and Carols
Friday, December 7 | 7:30 PM in the Sanctuary
Sunday, December 9 | 8:30 AM Chapel & 11 AM Sanctuary
At both services, we will tell again the story of the prophets of Israel and how they foretold that God would visit and redeem the waiting people. On Friday night and at the 11 AM service, brass and string quartets join our choirs of adults, youth, children and bells.

Longest Night Service
Friday, December 21
7:30 PM Worship in the Sanctuary
For many, the Christmas season is a particularly difficult one. On this shortest of days, we will worship and reflect on what it means to dwell in the darkness of night. Together we will lift up our whole selves to the Lord, asking that God’s light would shine in our darkest places.

Festival Sunday with the Old Towne Brass Quintet
Sunday, December 23
8:30 AM & 11 AM Worship in the Sanctuary
The Old Towne Brass Quintet joins us for this annual Advent celebration service.

Christmas Eve Services
Monday, December 24
We invite you to join us for a meaningful Christmas Eve at Westminster, as we celebrate the hope brought to us by the birth of Jesus Christ. At each of our services, hear the story of Christmas and sing familiar Christmas hymns, accompanied by organ, including “Silent Night” and “Joy to the World.” Children are welcome at all our services; the 5 PM service is our “family-friendliest” service. 

11 AM Worship in the Sanctuary
Childcare available in the nursery
Reception following in Johnson Parlor

5 PM Worship in the Sanctuary
Candlelight Service

8 PM Worship in the Sanctuary
7:45 p.m. Prelude
Candlelight Service
Music with the Westminster Choir

11 PM Worship in the Chapel
10:45 p.m. Prelude
Candlelight Service

Sunday, December 30
11 AM Worship in the Sanctuary (one service only)


Alternative Giving Bazaar
Sundays, December 2 & 9
Following the 11:00 AM services in Fellowship Hall
The Alternative Giving Bazaar provides a great opportunity to honor friends and family by giving gifts in their names to any of almost two dozen organizations supported by the Local, National and International Missions Committees at Westminster. These gifts will reach deserving people in our community, nation and around the world.

Christmas Caroling
Saturday, December 15 at 1:30 PM and 2:30 PM
Hear the Westminster Choir and Westminster Ringers perform Christmas carols in the Rotunda of the National Gallery of Art! Free. The National Gallery is located at 6th and Constitution Avenue NW in Washington, DC.

Christmas Pageant & All-Church Dinner
Sunday, December 16 | 5 PM in the Sanctuary
Come see our children tell the Christmas story, then enjoy a pasta dinner together! Dinner is $5 for all age 5 and above; free for age 4 and under.

Christmas Flowers and Mission Giving
Contact: Jessica Thurnes |
Honor or memorialize loved ones with a dedication in the Christmas bulletins. In addition to providing the two flower arrangements in the Sanctuary, donations will support Meade Memorial Church, the host of the Bag Lunch program, a Local Mission project we participate in every month. Checks made out to Westminster with “Christmas Flowers” noted on the memo line. There is no minimum/maximum donation requirement. Deadline Monday, December 10.

Christmas Joy Offering
This PC(USA) Offering is shared by the Assistance Program of the Board of Pensions, which provides critical assistance to Presbyterian church workers and their families; and Presbyterian-affiliated racial ethnic schools and colleges, which enable students to develop their gifts and find their calling. Remember our support to these two vital services of the Presbyterian Church as we seek to honor every child of God this Christmas season.