Advent & Christmas Services for 2016

We have services on Wednesdays in Advent, 3 services on Christmas Eve, and a family brunch service on Christmas Day.

Advent Services of Silence and Song, Wednesdays, 7:30 pm, December 7, 14, 21 – time and space for Advent waiting and reflection, along with Holy Communion and the music of Taize.

Longest Night Service, Weds. December 21, 7:30 pm (part of the Advent Service of Silence and Song) – a Liturgy of Memory and Hope as we light candles for those for whom our hearts ache this season.

The Living Crèche, Sunday, December 18, 5:30-6:00 pm. A still life reenactment of the manger scene, led by our Youth Group, held outside on our front lawn.

Christmas Eve, Saturday, December. 24:

  • 5:00 – All Age Worship with “Instant Pageant”
  • 7:30 – Candlelight Service with Choir
  • 11:00 – Candlelight and Communion Service

Christmas Day, Sunday, December 25: (No 8:15 service)
10:15 – Prayers, Carols and Potluck Brunch! – Come together for an informal celebration gathering around the breakfast table, sharing prayers and carols as we celebrate the morning of Christ’s birth. Bring a breakfast item to share.

New Year’s Day, Sunday, January 1, 2017: (No 8:15 service or child care.)
10:15 – Ring in the New Year together as we remember the Magi and their gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh.

 

Advent Services of Silence and Song

  • Weds. Nov. 30- Contemplative Worship
  • Weds. Dec. 7- Contemplative Worship
  • Weds. Dec. 14 – Contemplative Worship
  • Weds. Dec. 21 – Longest Night Service of Remembrance

 

Christmas Eve Instant Pageant FAQs

The Instant Pageant is a simple, yet moving, unrehearsed reenactment of the Christmas story, narrated by Rev. Jan. All children and teens (visitors included) are welcome to participate.

When Is It?
On Christmas Eve, during the 5:00 p.m. family service. Children should come to Fellowship Hall by 4:45 p.m. to don their costumes.

What Should I Wear?
To be a shepherd, wear a plain, dark bathrobe. To be an angel or a farm animal, wear a simple costume from home if you have one, or use one of the costumes available in Fellowship Hall.

Tell Me More!
Children participating in the pageant will sit with their parents in costume. Our oldest Sunday School, Confirmation students and high school teens generally fill the roles of Mary, Joseph, Gabriel and the three Kings. Those selected will sit at the very back of the sanctuary with Julia Manners until it’s time for them to come forward.

Rev. Jan will narrate the Christmas story and each group of children will come forward during the appropriate Christmas carol (as marked in the bulletin).

Vacation Bible School 2016

‘Surf Shack: Catch the Wave of God’s Almighty Love’

Monday, July 25 – Friday, July 29 9 a.m. – Noon

We enthusiastically invite all children (from preschool through 8th grade) to this year’s high-energy Vacation Bible School! Participants will discover how to surf through life with God and others. The fun begins on Monday, July 25 and ends with an evening celebration picnic on Friday, July 29, which our entire congregation is invited to.

The adventure includes energizing music, interactive Bible fun, super science, cool crafts, delicious snacks, great games, and more!

Feel free to invite your friends’ children, as well! VBS is a great introduction to our church and to God!

The cost is only $50 per child for the entire week. Checks can be made out to WCC, with VBS written in the subject line. Register your children today! Registration/refund deadline is Sunday, July 17.  [[ Download the registration form :: VBS 2016 Surf Shack registration form pdf ]]

If you are interested in decorating, speak with Liz Perrone-Gray. Adults and teens entering 8th grade and above can join our volunteer team. Contact Julia Manners: faithformation@westcongchurch.org

 

Sunday School resumes on September 13!

Children from preschool to seventh grade are welcome to join our free Christian education program beginning on September 13 during the 10:15 worship service. Interested families may contact our Minster of Faith Formation, Julia Manners, at faithformation@westcongchurch.org or simply come to the church on Sunday September 13. Families should plan to arrive early (9:45) to fill out a registration form.

Each Sunday, children join their family in the sanctuary for about 15 minutes before departing to the classroom. Adults may then fully participate in the remainder of the worship service. The process for reuniting with your children varies by age and will be discussed during registration.

Opportunities are available for eighth graders, high school students, and adults at other times in the week. Contact Julia Manners for more information on these opportunities.

Vacation Bible School July 27 – 31, 2015

July 27 – 31 9:00 a.m. – Noon

Download the registration form.

At the G-Force Adventure Park, we will help children experience God’s active love through missions, dramas, crafts, games, music, snacks, science activities and lots of fun!!

We’re seeking adults and teens (8th grade and above) for our volunteer leadership team. To volunteer, speak with Julia Manners or Liz Perrone-Gray, or email faithformation@westcongchurch.org.

We’re still looking for leaders in snacks and music, as well as “shepherds” for each age group. We’re also seeking creative decorators, food purchasers, and behind the scenes helpers. Let us know if you’d like to help!

Look for a registration page in this month’s Bell Buoy. Registration is now open for this week of fantastic fun, faith, and friends. Children outside of our church community are always welcome.

This amazing week costs only $50 per child!

THE FINAL DAY TO REGISTER OR TO CANCEL A REGISTRATION AND RECEIVE A REFUND IS SUNDAY, JULY 12.

Download the registration form.

Church Picnic – Sunday June 8

Town_Picnic_2013Come one, come all – to our annual picnic on Sunday, June 8th! This year will be a pot luck picnic. Please bring your own hot dog(s), buns and a dish to share. We will provide the drinks, condiments and dessert. Simply bring your food items to Fellowship Hall before the 10:15 church service and we will bring them down to the field, grill your dogs and have lunch waiting after church. Dress comfortably to participate in all the fun of the afternoon – tug-of-war, balloon toss, 3 legged race and more. We look forward to seeing you there! Direct any questions to Julia Manners or Joan Ireland.

Vacation Bible School: August 11-15

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Grab a hammer, find a paintbrush, and put on your creative thinking cap! At WOW (Workshop of Wonders) VBS, we’ll discover how the ordinary becomes extraordinary with God. We’ll use our hearts, minds and imaginations to participate in the creative life of God, the One Who works wonders!

Children who from preschool through 7th grade are invited to register as participants in this fun-filled adventure (see the form in this month’s Bell Buoy). The cost continues to be only $50 per child for the entire week. Children from outside of our congregation are also invited to attend. ALL are welcome!

Teens, adults and youth entering 8th grade are invited to be on our volunteer staff. It’s hard to tell who has more fun ~ the children or the staff! Actually, we all have fun together!!

Speak with Julia Manners or Liz Perrone-Gray if you’re interested in helping on staff, or as a decorator for this year’s awesome program! Or email Julia at faithformation @ westcongchurch.org.

 

Download the registration form.

Teen Connection Shares Available

We invite you to be an important part of our 2014 youth mission trip to the community of Virginia Beach, VA! By purchasing shares in Teen Connection, you will be supporting an incredible, spiritually transforming experience for our church’s high school youth, and offering new hope and joy for the residents of the area. In return, you will receive a postcard from the trip, as well as an invitation to our Shareholders Banquet and presentation on September 13, 2014.

Shares are being sold in $10.00 increments. (Example: one share costs $10.00, five shares cost $50.00.) Please donate to a Teen Connection member directly, or fill out a form and drop it off or mail it to the church office, “Attention: Julia Manners” (with cash or checks made payable to the church).

Download the form!

RALLY DAY IS SEPTEMBER 8

Sunday September 8 marks the beginning of the academic year at Westbrook Congregational Church!

The 10:15 service will have nursery care for children ages 0-3 and Sunday School for children in pre-K and older.  Registration forms will be available at the service.  Sunday School aged children begin the service in the sanctuary with their families.  The children will be called dismissed from the sanctuary with their class after the offering.

At 4:30pm, the Contemporary Worship services will resume.  Join us for uplifting music, video messages, and prayer!

Vacation Bible School 2013

July 22-26, 2013

At this exciting, kid-friendly global fair, the children will experience the love of Jesus, meet welcoming neighbors from the Bible, and explore the everyday lives of neighbors from Japan, Zimbabwe, the United Kingdom, Australia, and Mexico. Children will learn that God’s love welcomes everyone, as they understand how to love and serve God and be a neighbor to the world.

A registration form can be downloaded below.  Adults and teens wishing to join our leadership team should contact Julia Manners. We’d like to get together soon to plan ahead. Anyone interested in helping to decorate or to lead an area, please let us know!

Download the signup form