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).

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!

Sunday Worship at 8:15am & 10:15am

We hold 2 services on Sunday mornings – 8:15am and 10:15am.  And the Second Service on the Second Sunday of each month will be a unique monthly celebration of God’s joyful and inclusive love.  Come check it out.

Pentecost, Sunday, May 19

Screen shot 2013-05-18 at 7.24.59 PM Come and worship with Westbrook Congregational Church for Pentecost.  We have three services to choose from:  8:15am, 10:15am, and a contemporary service at 4:30pm.  May the Holy Spirit descend upon you like a flock of doves … See you there!

Thanksgiving Worship and Dinner – Thursday, November 22

As heirs of the Congregational tradition, Thanksgiving is OUR holiday! Those Pilgrims at Plymouth Plantation who celebrated the first Thanksgiving were Congregationalists!

So a favorite tradition in our church has been to hold a Service of Thanksgiving at 9:00 a.m. in our Sanctuary on Thanksgiving Day.

We will gather for dinner at 1:00 p.m. for all who wish to share this meal. It will be free of charge. Reverend Wilson is again organizing this feast, so if you’d like to help out with the cooking, the serving or the clean-up, please give him a call ~ or sign up in Fellowship Hall.