By REVEREND KATHERINE MCCLOSKEY
Beaches Presbyterian Church is a warm and affirming place to be, especially during Advent and Christmas as we journey together toward Bethlehem. It as a time when we, at Beaches, are especially aware of how we might bring the warmth of this season to others.
Taking time to pause for a cup of coffee or tea with people who are genuinely interested about how you are is something that we love to do. The first Tuesday of each month is the day when we host our Outreach Coffees. We added some Christmas treats to our Outreach Coffee in December. It has been good to spend time together with people whose lives have been less fortunate than our own.
As we journey through Advent we watch and we wait for God’s love to break through against the darkness and the cold. Please join us on this journey.
Our Longest Night Service will be held on Thursday, Dec. 21 at 7 p.m.. These evening services are intended to offer a time of quiet reflection. All who are weary and in need of rest are welcome to attend.
During our Sunday worship, the Advent Promises that we will be celebrating are Hope in the Dark, Peace in the Storm, Light for the Nations and the Joy that is found in Jesus. It is a busy time. It is a time of putting our faith in action in the following ways;
On Saturday, Dec. 14 at 7:30 p.m. we will be sharing light with those who walk in darkness. This is a Women’s Christmas dessert/coffee and concert, featuring Hugh Donnelly and David Linderman of the Lost Pilgrims. Money will be raised in support of ARISE ministry to street involved women.
On Sunday, Dec. 23 at 3:30 p.m. we will be sharing joy with others as we host A Christmas Carol, with CBC’s Tom Allen, and special guests Richard Waugh and Barbara Croall. Musicians Wes Allen, bass, Evan Cartwright, drums, Aaron Comeau, guitar, Barbara Croall, pipigwan, and Lori Gemmell, harp, will also take part. Tickets are $25.
On Monday, Dec. 24 we will be celebrating that all of the hope, Peace and light that we could ever need can be found in Jesus. Our family Service of Scripture and Carols is at 6:30 p.m. and our Christmas Eve Communion Service is at 10 p.m.
Beaches Presbyterian Church is located at 65 Glen Manor Dr., south of Queen Street East.