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Advent and Christmas at Central

11.27.18 | Updates, Advent, Christmas | by Matt Shantz

    The Christmas season is a crazy time of year. It's also an extremely significant time in the Christian calendar and in the life of every follower of Christ.

    How do we make sure we don't miss Jesus in all the goings on? How do we make the most of this beautiful season?  

    Prepare, Engage, Celebrate

    PREPARE: ADVENT GUIDE

    We have created the Advent Guide as an easy to use resource to help you anticipate the coming of Christ this Christmas.

    The guide consists of a weekly devotional along with a companion family devotional. 

    At the bottom of the weekly devotional, you will find some verses listed as supplementary reading. These additional passages of Scripture can be read throughout the week.

    The family devotional has been created with young children in mind and includes readings from children’s bibles, songs, and discussion questions. 

    Our hope is that between the weekly and family devotional, everyone will be given the resources necessary to make the most of the Advent season. We supply the guide, you supply an engaged heart.

    Advent Guide

    ENGAGE: SPREAD THE LOVE OF JESUS

    The time of year that Canadians are most open to Jesus, the gospel, and the church, is Christmas. Here are a number of ideas that might help you engage in spreading the love of Jesus to those around you this advent season.

    The following are some events and ideas for community engagement and outreach this holiday season. Pray, consider, plan, and practice something or things that bless those around you this Christmas. Consider what you, your family, and your Life Group can do.

    • Adopt a Family
      Is there a family that could benefit from a food hamper and turkey dinner this Christmas? Whether on your own, as a family, or a Life Group, this is a practical way to show a family the love of Christ at Christmas.
    • Advent Candle Lighting
      The lighting of advent candles is a wonderful way to gather the family and anticipate the incarnation together each week. Maybe this is the year to invite those who don’t know Jesus to join your family for this little tradition, whether it be the same individual(s) every week or different ones each time. Have a short Bible reading on the advent themes (hope, love, joy, peace), followed by a time of prayer — thanking God for sending His Son Jesus — and lighting of the candle.
    • Backpacks of Hope
      Fill a backpack...or two...or three. Backpacks provided at our Nov 25th and Dec 2nd services to be brought back stocked up with items on the list by Dec 9th. There is also an opportunity to help sort them on Monday, Dec 10th. We are strategically donating the items to students and families in need in Chilliwack, Agassiz, and Lake Errock.
    • Carolling
      Whether it be at a retirement home, assisted living, hospital, or hospice, call to see if you can bring a group to sing carols to seniors and the sick this Christmas season.
    • Central Kids Christmas Pageant
      Central Kids will be performing a Christmas Pageant in our Sunday, December 23rd services at Chilliwack & Promontory, and Christmas Eve in Agassiz. Invite friends and relatives!
    • Christmas Baking
      Get out the red and green sprinkles and do some Christmas baking. Deliver them to your neighbours. They’ll be glad to have you in the neighbourhood and it will give you an opportunity to bless and get to know them more.
    • Christmas Dinner Guests
      Is there anyone you know who might be spending Christmas alone this year? Who could you invite to join you around the table for Christmas dinner?
    • Christmas Story Night
      What better way to celebrate Christmas than to hear the old, old story? There will be various readings and presentations of the Nativity and other Christmas stories. Bring your blankets and pillows to nestle in while enjoying hot chocolate and Christmas treats. Bring your family and invite friends to church in an engaging, accessible way!
      Dec 7th at 6.30pm in Chilliwack | Dec 9th at 4.45pm in Agassiz
    • Give Christmas Gifts to Your Service Providers
      Bless your mail carrier, sanitation worker, doctor, teacher, etc. with a Christmas gift.
    • Host a Block Party
      Invite the neighbours for a Christmas block party. Hot chocolate, baking, and a few games for the kids is all it will take to have your neighbourhood enjoying the season together and building relationship.
    • Shovel Snow
      If it snows over the holidays, skip the gym and shovel your neighbours' driveways and sidewalks.

    CELEBRATE: CHRISTMAS EVE SERVICES

    These one-hour services are filled with carols, children, and a brief Christmas message. Most people get involved in church because of being invited by a friend. Many people are more open than ever at Christmas. Invitation Cards will be available throughout Advent with Christmas Eve service time details. Make use of them and invite your family and friends.

    Chilliwack: 3.30pm, 4.45pm & 6.00pm
    Promontory: 4.00pm
    Agassiz: 4.00pm

    Our hope is that Advent and Christmas will be a sweet season for you and yours. A season full of celebration of which Jesus — our King who has come — is the pinnacle.

    He has come.
    He will come again.

    Merry Christmas!