Advent & Christmas at Knox Church Ōtepoti Dunedin
It has been a hectic and exhausting year. While the Christmas season can often add to the busyness, it is also a good time to go deeper as we turn once more in hope to the coming of Emmanuel, God-with-us. There are plenty of opportunities to be involved. You can contact the Knox Church office (email@example.com) for more information. Below you will find information on upcoming services and other special seasonal activities.
Sunday morning services and the “Reverse Advent Calendar”
During Sunday morning services over Advent we will have a large “Reverse Advent Calendar”. Instead of taking items out, each Sunday we will placing items in. We want to create a time capsule that captures how our community has found hope, peace, joy, and love in this most difficult of years. You are invited to bring a symbol to contribute to the time capsule. At the end of Advent we will pack it up and send it to the national church archives.
29 November 10am Hope Sunday
Bring an item that represents where you found hope this year
6 December 10am Peace Sunday
Bring an item that represents where you found peace this year
13 December 10am Joy Sunday
CHRISTMAS PLAY with the Knox Junior Choir
Bring an item that represents where you found joy this year
20th December 10am Love Sunday
Bring an item that represents where you found love this year
25 December 10am Christmas Day
27 December 10am Sunday Service
Sunday evening services and the “Journey to Bethlehem”
During the season of Advent, a series of prayer stations will be set up in Knox Church. You are invited to spend time at each station at some point over the Advent season. While you can go around at any time, the church will be specifically opened on two Sunday evenings to allow people to wander the stations in their own time. If you would like to help set up the prayer stations, or have creative ideas, email Jordan at firstname.lastname@example.org .
22 November 7pm “Journey to Bethlehem”
Stations on the way to the manger
29 November 7pm Advent processional with choir
6 December 7pm Service with St. Kilda Brass ensemble
13 December 7pm Nine Lessons and Carols with choir
20 December 7pm “Journey to Bethlehem”
Stations on the way to the manger
24 December 10:45pm Christmas Eve Candlelight Service
If you can help with the Christmas Eve service with welcoming, distributing candles, collecting candles tidying up, please contact Jacqui in the office (email@example.com).
Advent Daily Prayer Retreat
As in previous years, we will join with Holy Name and All Saints in an Advent daily prayer retreat. The week-long retreat consists of spending time in personal prayer each day and then meeting with a small group to share where you have noticed God in your day. It will begin with an introductory meeting at All Saints at 5pm on Sunday 13th December and conclude with a short service at Holy Name at 5pm Friday 18th December.
Advent Bible Study “Christmas Locked Down”
Russell Thew will be leading a weekly Bible study over Advent called “Christmas Locked Down”. The group will meet at 7:30 pm on Thursday evenings in the Knox Church Gathering Area. There will be four sessions beginning on Thursday 19 November. If you are interested, contact Russell at firstname.lastname@example.org
Serve this Advent
There are many ways to help serve this Advent so that we can go deeper as a community and enable newcomers to Knox to also enjoy something of the Christmas spirit. Do any of the following interest you?
- Setting up, decorating, and taking down Christmas tree
- Setting up and packing down nativity scene in Knox garden
- Helping create and supervising Advent prayer stations
- Bringing items for the “Reverse Advent Calendar”
- Helping with Christmas Eve Service
- Setting up and taking down fairy lights in the Knox Garden
- Other ways that you would like to serve
It’s the launch of A Rocha Eco-church being held at Elim at 7pm on Monday 30 November, Dunedin Elim Church, Harrow Street, Dunedin – see this FaceBook link for more information .
Are you inspired and passionate about taking care for God’s creation and want to guide your church to live more lightly on this planet? We’d like to invite you to a very special event on 30th Nov where we introduce Eco Church NZ and the Zero Waste Programme for Churches to Dunedin. Eco Church NZ seeks to support churches to actively care for God’s earth as an integral part of their mission. Join us to hear more about Eco Church NZ and the Zero Waste Programme for Churches. We hope you will be inspired to join Eco Church NZ as we work together on transformational change.
This event will be hosted by:
– Nicola Hoggard Creegan, A Rocha Aotearoa NZ
– Sam Macaulay, Elim Church Dunedin
And featuring via zoom:
– Kristel van Houte, A Rocha Aotearoa NZ
– Paul Murray, Para Kore
Please RSVP if you can to Sam as it will be helpful to have an idea of who is planning to attend.
If you have any questions, please email Sam or 027 490 8948.
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