Christmas at Holy Communion

Christmas is one of the Church’s great feasts. We celebrate God’s decision to dwell with us, to come among us in the person of Jesus. This year, we will mark the whole season of Christmas with special services. Join us as we celebrate.

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December 22 Sunday  

8:00am      Advent IV

The 8am spoken service will be held as usually, marking the final Sunday of Advent.

10:30am      Blue(s) Christmas

Our Blue Christmas service this morning makes space for those who struggle with the holidays. We hope this special set of prayers and Blues music can be a place of comfort for those away from family or those missing loved ones no longer with us. Read more about the Blue Christmas service.

December 24    Christmas Eve

5:00  pm      Carol Sing, Pageant, and Holy Eucharist

All children are invited to participate in our pageant. Children who want to participate are encouraged to come a little early (about 4:45p). The older children who are regulars at Holy Communion will lead the telling of the story, and any child that arrives (and who wants to participate) will be issued angel or shepherd costumes to join the holy band around the manger during the service. Read more and sign up for the pageant here.

10:00pm      Carol Sing and Festival Holy Eucharist 

On the Eve of the Nativity we gather in the dark night to hear the news that Christ has been born. The Choir and guest musicians will present Mårten Jansson’s festive Missa Popularis (which our choir gave its North American premiere this past Spring) and we will sing Silent Night by candlelight in the darkened church. Join us as we mark the coming of Emmanuel, God with us.

December 25    Christmas Day:

10:30am    Holy Eucharist with Carols

 Christmas day we have a single Christmas day service at 10:30am. There will be a simple spoken Eucharist.

December 29   First Sunday after Christmas

We will have our regular schedule of Sunday services at 8am and 10:30am. Adult Education and Sunday School will remain in recess.

January 5  Epiphany Sunday with Visitation of the Magi

9:15am   Intergenerational Formation for Epiphany

10:30am    Holy Eucharist with Procession of the Three Kings

On January 6 we resume our regular schedule of Sunday Services. Christian Education returns with an Intergenerational activity with crafts and breakfast focusing on the visitation of the Wise Men. The 10:30 service includes a procession of the Magi and their gifts, following  the star. After the 10:30a service, the children get to break open the star (piñata).

2019 Advent Party

Hark! Advent Revelry at Holy Communion!

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 8, 2019

5:00 PM to 8:00 PM

In the Lounge and Mitchell Hall

Food, fun, and entertainment for all ages
All Are Welcome!
Bring your family and friends.
Please sign up on the Bulletin Board in the Entrance to the Church
or online by clicking here.
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Holiday music presented by the Holy Communion Choir
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Nursery Care will be available from 4:45 p.m. until 8:15 p.m. Special activities and food will be provided for children.

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No donation is required. All are welcome to attend. If you would like to make a donation we recommend $5 per adult to offset the cost of refreshments, and $10 per child to offset the cost of childcare.

Also consider making a donation of socks, hats, or gloves for Trinity Food Ministry

or making a gift to the youth supported by Episcopal City Mission more information by clicking here.

Sign up by clicking here

The Advent Journey 2019

The Season of Advent is a time of waiting, watching, and expectation. In counter to the cultural season of frantic preparation for Christmas by buying, shopping, and rushing, Advent invites us to slow down. This season asks us to think about our hopes and dreams for the world.

A “retreat in the midst” Wednesdays at Holy Communion.

Engage in this season of hope and expectation in prayer. Holy Communion invites you to weekly “retreat sessions” throughout the season.

Starting December 4th and each following Wednesday evening of Advent, you are invited to step away from the busy holiday pace for a shared meal and some quiet prayer time.

We will gather at 6pm for contemplative prayer, including a facilitated labyrinth walk, for those who wish. Then we will have a simple soup supper, and a discussion on the Advent themes: “Wait, Hope, and Give Thanks.”

On Social Media

Follow the hashtag #adventword on social media for a digital Advent Calendar, you can even tag your own images with the daily word. This year the online advent calendar is being sponsored by the Society of St. John The Evangelist and Virginia Theological Seminary.

What exactly is Advent?

Our rector has written a short practical guide to advent on his blog. You can check that out by clicking here.

Rowan Williams, former Archbishop of Canterbury speaks about Advent in the video below:

Christmas Gift Drives

As we prepare for Christmas, we are mindful that many in our city are facing cold weather and difficult family circumstances. There are two gift drives going on concurrently at Holy Communion.

  • For our partners at Trinity Food Pantry, we are collecting clean socks, gloves, and warm hats for those who are housing insecure.
  • For our partners at the Episcopal City Mission who work with youth in detention, we are collecting gifts and gift cards for children. You can download a full list of requested items here.

We are especially encouraging anyone coming to our Advent Party on December 8 to make a donation to one of the drives.

All gifts need to be turned in by December 15. Please turn gift cards into the parish office, or place them in an envelope in the offering plate.

You can find baskets ready to receive gifts in the main entryway. Please do not wrap the gifts, to make work easier for our sorters. Thank you for helping brighten this holiday season for someone in need.

Contemplative Prayer

Looking for a little quiet?

We offer Contemplative prayer each 2nd and 4th Wednesday of the month in the chapel at 6pm. The basic practice will be very simple. Each week will we spend 10 minutes in shared silence. Leaders may offer chant, a reading from scripture, a poem, a prayer as a way to introduce and conclude the silence.

Some may choose to stay for a short conversation after the prayer is done. Those conversations will take place in the lounge.

Video of chant from our Lenten Contemplative series:

Holy Communion’s Next 150

The day has come! Your vestry signed a contract and we received a permit to begin our renovations. In the coming weeks areas of Holy Communion will be cordoned off as the work begins updating our sanctuary, upstairs bathrooms, and kitchen. We will be worshipping in Mitchell Hall for most of the fall season, and our Forum and breakfast will be happening downstairs in the undercroft space.

We are pleased to announce a new total for our capital campaign. Thanks to some generous stretching we have received an additional $70,000 in giving with brings our new total to $926,825. Thank you for your generosity! Together we have made this campaign a success.  We are living into our values and investing in our future. Thank you for making this work possible!

Listen to the conversation from September 15 with our architect.

Capital Campaign Video:

Go deeper: videos and materials from earlier stages of the campaign.

Latest Update:

The work on the renovation is getting closer and closer to the finish line. This week the clear glass windows in the chapel arrived. These windows eventually will be behind the new stained glass work, but when we move back into the church there will be clear glass in the chapel. (Right now the view of the fall leaves of UCity through the glass is stunning). The new windows are double insulated, which will improve our environmental footprint. They also drastically cut down the noise from Delmar, making the chapel a much quieter place for prayer.

This week also saw a great deal of “behind the scenes” work, upgrading our electrical and plumbing. We were without power two mornings this week. We apologize if you tried to get ahold of the office when we were closed. The plumbing did have at least one exciting output. The drinking fountain downstairs now has a water bottle filling station, with chilled filtered water. How many plastic water bottles do you think we’ll save in the first year?

We apologize for the inconvenience the renovations are causing. For the next few weeks, we will still not have access to our restrooms upstairs. Please make your way to the larger restrooms downstairs. Soon our upstairs gender inclusive restrooms will be more accessible, and will be nicely refinished.

Your generosity is making all this work possible! 

 
 
 
 
 
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The work begins! Some of the 120+ year old pipework which will be refurbished and reused in our new organ was removed today, the first step in our Next 150 capital campaign work!

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Above you can see some of our historic pipework which has been removed to be refurbished and incorporated into our new organ.

The vestry is currently working to revise plans with our architect to ensure we are able to accomplish our vision. If you have not yet pledged, or you are able to “stretch” with us, you can use the link below to pledge (or add to your pledge).

If you are able to help us stretch our budget, more of the work will be realized.

Take a look at our campaign brochure by clicking here.

Speak with the rector or campaign leadership to make or stretch your pledge today. You can pledge online by clicking here.

More about the campaign

The Episcopal Church of the Holy Communion has reached its 150th anniversary. Such a milestone is an opportunity to celebrate and to reflect.

Beginning in Spring of 2018, our vestry led a discernment process. We gathered one to one, in small groups, and in large meetings. This past fall we released a feasibility study to the parish asking “How can we make smart investments that help us live into our mission for the next 150 years?”

The results of the feasibility study were strong and identified important priorities. We now ask you to contribute to the Capital Campaign for Holy Communion’s Next 150. 

Take a look at the photos from the kickoff event on February 24!
Photos from the Kickoff are available on Flickr. Click here for the full album.