“Advent” means coming or arrival. In the Christian tradition, the word refers not just to Christ’s arrival as a newborn baby at Christmas, but also the church’s longing for Christ’s return. this is what makes the season of Advent uniquely different from Christmas. We begin with an emphasis on final things as we watch and pray with expectant hope for the establishment of God’s justice and the return of the Prince of Peace. As the weeks of Advent progress, the focus shifts to thanks and praise for the birth of the one who has already come – Jesus Christ our Savior .
At PCCT, the season of Advent is filled with a number of rich traditions.
In the upper lobby of the back entrance to PCCT, Christmas Trees are adorned with ornament tags representing families or individuals who are in need. Members are encouraged to take a tag, buy the requested item, and bring it back under the tree to help make Christmas even brighter for families in our community.
Advent Wreath Making & Caroling
Make your memories with an annual tradition. Held on the first Sunday of December, the Advent Wreath Making event is an afternoon of fun for the whole family. Wreath making consists of hand dipping candles and creating a wreath with beautiful, fresh greenery – all provided. This year we are adding some ornament crafts. We will play and sing (if you want!) Christmas carols and also enjoy some festive treats.
This delectable Christmas tradition is run by Women’s Ministries and held on the second Sunday of December. Fill a decorated coffee can with cookies and browse through our “Christmas Treasures.” All proceeds go to mission. This event is coordinated by Women’s Ministries.
Lessons & Carols
Lessons & Carols is a very special worship service blending music performed by every PCCT music group, along with youth and adult leaders sharing Scripture and featuring a full chamber orchestra leading many “sing-a-longs.” Don’t miss this family-friendly celebration of Advent and Christmas.
Children’s Family Service (3:00 pm)
This Christmas Eve Family Service is a very special part of our celebrations. Children re-enact the story of the first Christmas, complete with costumes and props.