Idlewild Presbyterian Church invites you to gather with us as we celebrate the Nativity of the Christ Child. 

Join us for Christmas Eve services! All three services are held in the Sanctuary. Nursery care is available for the 3:00 and 5:00 services -- children are always welcome in worship! 

3:00 p.m. Child-led Service

For children of ALL ages! This short, cheerful service includes the children’s choir. Angel and shepherd head pieces will be provided for children, or they can wear their own from home. Nursery care not available.

5:00 p.m. Traditional Lessons and Carols

A beautiful service of carols, choir anthems, and scripture readings, ending with candle-lighting. The Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols tells the story of the fall of humanity, the promise of the Messiah, and the birth of Jesus. Nine short scriptural readings from Genesis, the prophetic books and the Gospels are interspersed with the singing of Christmas carols, hymns and choral music. The service is preceded at 4:25 by a prelude of music played by stringed instruments. Children are always welcome in worship. Nursery care available for children age two and under, if you need it.

10:00 p.m. Youth-led Communion Service

NOTE NEW TIME!  Led by youth and clergy, this joyous service includes communion. As the service concludes, everyone circles the sanctuary with candles and singing. Children are always welcome in worship. Nursery care not available.


   All three services will be livestreamed. 


Advent at Idlewild


Advent & Christmas Eve at Idlewild 

See events and dates for Advent & Christmas Eve 

Dec 15 - Advent Dinner

Please RSVP for dinner. If you are in the No Longer Strangers group, please RSVP for Dec. 15 Advent dinner.

Dec 15 - Space for God

Come for Advent dinner and stay for Space for God — a collection of dramatic monologues that engage the gospel narratives surrounding Mary, the mother of Jesus, through the experiences of contemporary women. Bridging proclamation and protest through theater, the pieces invite us to stand at the intersection of faith and doubt alongside women giving birth to the Word in the world, women like Mary—broken and blessed. Space for God begins at 6:30 in the T.K. Young Room. Request childcare in Realm.

Advent Devotional Booklet & Activity Calendar

Advent devotional booklets and activity calendars will be available at the church November 25. (The First Sunday of Advent is December 2.) The booklets are designed to enrich your experience of the Advent season with daily devotions written by members of the congregation. We hope you will find them meaningful and share them with your friends. The calendar has an activity each day leading to the Nativity of Jesus Christ.

Poinsettias for the Sanctuary 

Order Christmas poinsettias for the sanctuary! The poinsettias will be in the sanctuary Sundays, December 15 and 22. Names will be published in the worship bulletin on December 15. Individual acknowledgements will not be made.

Each poinsettia is $10. On the order form, please print carefully the name of the person being recognized and the giver’s name. If one poinsettia is ordered for multiple persons, the names will be printed as a group, not individually. (Any extra funds received for poinsettias will be used for special sanctuary flowers during the year.)

Order & payment must be received by Sunday, Dec. 9 for names to be in the bulletin on Dec. 15. 



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