Advent Family Friendly Events
How do you prepare for the season of light?
Here are the family-friendly events coming up. Take a look and see how the different activities help prepare us for the season.
The Hanging of the Greens
Saturday, November 30, 9 am–4 pm, Gathering Center
Wednesday, December 4, will be the annual Hanging of the Greens—a collaborative effort to decorate our church for this holy season. Please join us for indoor tree set up, outdoor decoration, and festive fellowship as we prepare the church for Advent. While we plan to start at 4 pm, please join us whenever you can. Heavy lifters, handy people, children and those with a decorative eye are all welcome. Childcare will be provided and dinner will be served from 5:30–6 pm ($3 donation suggested). (NOTE: The date was listed incorrectly in the Visitor.)
"Christmas is such a meaningful time for everyone. The Advent season is full of love, hope, and excitement. The Hanging of the Greens at Asbury First signals the visual beginning of the Advent season, and having families participate strengthens our connections to both the season and the church. One new addition we’ve quickly grown to love is the Children’s Tree in the corner of the Gathering Center. The children of the church create ornaments and have some ownership in the decorations—and they’re thrilled to be a part of it—which just adds to the spirit of Christmas for all of us."
— Ali Parent and Amy Allen, Hanging of the Greens
Carols and Cocoa
Wednesdays, December 4, 11, and 18, 7 pm, Front Lawn by the Christmas Tree
Join us as we gather to sing carols and enjoy hot cocoa outside around the Christmas tree each Wednesday during Advent. Starting at 7 pm, we will join in singing Christmas favorites, welcoming new faces, and seeing old friends. Bring a friend!
"Being in ministry, there is always a tension that exists between trying to prepare my own heart and mind for the promise of the Incarnation and making sure that everyone else has it in mind as well. The carols, the cocoa, the greens, and the lights, all help. There is nothing quite like pausing from the chaos, stepping onto the front lawn, and singing around the tree with friend and stranger to remind me of what is different about this season. If you have never joined us for Carols and Cocoa, consider taking a moment this year. You won’t regret it."
— Rev. Dr. Stephen Cady, Senior Minister
Advent Winter Wonder Night
Sunday, December 8, 5–7 pm, Gathering Center
Your family is invited to leave behind the hustle and bustle this season brings for an evening of dinner and worship in your pajamas! The children will perform the Christmas music that they have been working hard on. We hope you can join us and look forward to sharing the magic of the season with you and your family.
"This will be the 11th year for Advent Winter Wonder Night. The reason we started this family event was to have a night at church in our pajamas. It is to slow down the hustle and bustle of the Advent season. We have this event so we can enjoy a breakfast dinner and hear the Christmas message from a child’s perspective. Although it may seem like a simple event, it takes days to think of the theme and even more preparation."
— Paula Dugan, Director of Children’s Ministry