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Have Yourself a Mary Christmas in 2019

The beloved story of Jesus the Christ Child’s birth on a starry night in Bethlehem long ago would be incomplete without Mary, his mother. Other Marys also illuminated the ministry of Jesus throughout his earthly life. What can all of these Marys teach us about Jesus and about ourselves as we experience the seasons of Advent and Christmas?  

Come and share in the miraculous mystery of faith called Christmas at Roberts Park this year.

Sing Christmas

Friday, December 6

5:30 – 7:15 p.m.

Now in its sixth year, this casual event brings together Shalom Daycare families, Roberts Park members and friends, and the community to celebrate the season with a holiday children’s program and music.

Advent Sunday Worship Services

Children aged 3 and older are invited to participate in Children Worship & Wonder during the 10:30 a.m. worship service. Nursery care is available for infants and toddlers.

First Sunday of Advent

Sunday, December 1 

8:30 and 10:30 a.m.

Sermon: Have Yourself a Mary Christmas: Mary the mother of John Mark

Rev. Dr. Andrew Scanlan-Holmes

Second Sunday of Advent

Sunday, December 8   

8:30 and 10:30 a.m.

Sermon:  Have Yourself a Mary Christmas: Mary Magdalene

Rev. Dr. Andrew Scanlan-Holmes

Third Sunday of Advent

Sunday, December 15  

8:30 and 10:30 a.m.

Choir-led Service (at 10:30 a.m. only): Selections from “Joy to the World”arranged by John Rutter

Avery Schott, Music Director

Sermon: Have Yourself a Mary Christmas: Mary the mother of James and Joseph

Rev. Dr. Andrew Scanlan-Holmes

Fourth Sunday of Advent

Sunday, December 22   

8:30 and 10:30 a.m.

Sermon: Have Yourself a Mary Christmas: Mary of Bethany

Rev. Dr. Andrew Scanlan-Holmes

More Advent Services and Events

Wednesday, December 11

Messy Church

4 – 6 p.m.

Families gathering for this late afternoon time of relaxed conversation, activities, a story, and a light meal will celebrate Messy Christmas together! 

Thursday, December 19

Downtown Caroling Party

8:30 p.m.

Join in singing well-loved carols as we stroll Mass Ave.

Friday, December 20

Homeless Persons’ Memorial Service

11 a.m. – 12 p.m.  

Hosted by the Indianapolis Coalition for Homelessness Intervention & Prevention (CHIP), a community memorial service honoring homeless persons who have passed away during the year will be held at Roberts Park.

Blue Christmas Service

7 – 8 p.m.

For those feeling discouraged or experiencing grief during the Christmas season, this service offers a time of quiet reflection and remembrance. It includes readings, gentle music by Indy Winds Flute Choir, candle lighting, and a comforting message of hope that is the heart of Advent.

Tuesday, December 24

Christmas Eve Services

Family Service

6 p.m.

Perfect for families and children, this service features familiar carols, a reading of the beloved passage from St. Luke, and a candlelight closing. Children are invited to come dressed as their favorite Nativity character and join Pastor Andrew and Pastor Scott in telling the Christmas story!

Jazz Service

8 p.m.

Familiar carols and songs of the Christmas season are offered with an upbeat sound. Celebrate Christmas Eve with reverence and good cheer at this popular service led by the John Hill Jazz Quartet.

A Festival of Lessons and Carols

11 p.m.

This traditional service includes music by the Chancel Choir and concludes with congregational singing of Silent Night by candlelight.

Homily:  Have Yourself a Mary Christmas: Mary the mother of Jesus

Rev. Dr. Andrew Scanlan-Holmes

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