Advent & Christmas at Trinity

Advent is a special time at any Christian church.  At Trinity there are 20 events or services between the end of November and early January, celebrating the coming of Christ.  Here are images to remind you of a few of them.

Images of Advent at Trinity Church

Special Advent and Christmas Services

Sunday, November 30, 11:00 a.m.Advent Lessons & Carols
Saturday, December 6, 9:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.Advent Morning of Prayer, Upper Room
Sunday, December 7, 5:00 p.m.Advent Taizé
Saturday, December 13, 9:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. – Advent Morning of Prayer, Upper Room
Saturday, December 13, 6 p.m. Christmas in Wales Dinner, Parish Hall / Undercroft
Sunday, December 14, 11:00 a.m. – Christmas Pageant (December 21 snow date)
Friday, December 19, 7:30 p.m.Christmas Concert, Trinity Church
December 21, 2:00 p.m.Christmas Service at Chapel on the Green
December 22, 6:11 p.m., Perichoresis.
December 24, 5:00 p.m.Christmas Eve Service
December 24, 10:30 p.m.Christmas Eve Service
December 25, 11:00 a.m.Christmas Day Service
Sunday, December 28Regular Sunday Services
Sunday, January 4Epiphany Sunday (Regular Sunday Services)
Sunday, January 11, 5:00 p.m.Epiphany Lessons and Carols

Christmas Pageant

Christmas Pageant: Sunday, December 14, 11:00 a.m.
Rehearsal: Saturday, December 13, 9:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Snow Date: Sunday, December 21, 11:00 a.m.
Trinity’s Christmas Pageant is an exceptional experience of the Christmas Story, for both children and adults. Every year our Christmas pageant includes live animals, gorgeous costumes and a spirit of giving. All children are welcome to participate and are invited to join the rehearsals to make sure their costumes fit.
To share our blessings, all children are invited to bring a toy to give to children in New Haven who would otherwise not receive any Christmas gifts. The gifts remain unwrapped and are presented as gifts to the newborn Jesus during the Pageant. All gifts will then go to the Hill Health Center. Extra volunteers to coordinate the pageant are needed. Please contact Rose Pawlikowski or Linda Sheehan.

Christmas Gifts

Christmas is gift season and at Trinity we also hope to reach those who would never receive a Christmas gift without your help.

Please know we collect three types of Christmas gifts every year:

  • Unwrapped toys brought by the children participating in the Christmas pageant. These toys go to the children at the Hill Health Center in New Haven but are first part of the Christmas pageant offering by the children on December 14. Contact Bob Windom for more information.
  • Wrapped gifts or gift cards for the “Giving Tree” are gifts for children of our congregation or wider community. Please contact Debbie Kraemer to coordinate the gifts.
  • Wrapped gifts for the homeless (candy, chocolates combined with winter items for folks living outdoors such as hats, gloves, scarfs, winter socks and underwear, hand warmers, …  (each package containing at least 2 candy and 2 winter items in total). These gifts will be shared at the December 21, 2pm Chapel on the Green Christmas celebration. For more information please contact our Chapel on the Green coordinator Luz Colville.

Thank you for your help and support!

Lessons & Carols

Sunday, November 30, 11:00 a.m.Advent Lessons & Carols
Sunday, January 11, 5:00 p.m.Epiphany Lessons and Carols
The service of Lessons and Carols is a prayerful and beautiful worship service that celebrates the history of salvation with readings of Old and New Testament, culminating in the accounts of Jesus’ birth and Epiphany. The Advent Lessons and Carols focus on the longing of God’s people to welcome God’s Messiah among them. The Epiphany Lessons and Carols celebrate Jesus’s arrival in this world and the beginning of his Good News among his people and the whole of humanity.

Advent Morning of Prayer

Saturday, December 6, 9:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. –
Advent Morning of Prayer, Upper Room
Saturday, December 13, 9:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. –
Advent Morning of Prayer, Upper Room
The Advent & Christmas season is all too often a rather hectic period of the year. Barbara Jarry will lead a morning of prayer and meditation, following the scene of the Visitation (Luke 1:39-56). During Advent we prayerfully remember the longing of God’s people for the coming of the Messiah. And at Christmas we celebrate the birth of Jesus and how Jesus is God’s Word who became flesh and lived among us. Taking a moment to pause and reflect on the amazing meaning of Christmas for our lives today is very nourishing for our faith and experience of Advent & Christmas this year.

Sunday Forum

Sunday, November 30, 10:10 a.m., parish Hall (undercroft). Advent is a time of preparation for Christmas, a time of longing and healing when celebrating anew how God is seeking to come among us. Join us to talk more about healing and the ministry of healing at Trinity: 10:10 a.m., parish hall (undercroft).