Advent and Christmas 2015

IMG_1940Sunday, December 6 – Joy Gift service at 10:00 am

Our Children, Youth, and Adult Choirs will share the Christmas story through music and drama.
We will collect the annual Christmas Joy offering which helps provide financial assistance to current and former church workers and their families in times of acute need and also enables deserving students to attend Presbyterian-related racial ethnic colleges and schools.
After the worship service, come and join in a covered dish dinner in Chadbourn Hall.

Wednesday, December 9 at 7:00 pm – Veni Emmanuel: An Ancient Worship Service for AdventVeni Emmanuel
Our “O Come, O Come Emmanuel” service will feature readings and musical settings this ancient, beloved hymn. Come encounter the mystery and wonder of Christ’s Advent. The service will conclude with a celebration of the Lord’s Supper.

Saturday, December 12th at 3:30pm – Caroling at Wilmington Health and Rehab
All are welcome to join with our Children’s and Youth Choirs to sing carols and share the good news and joy of the Christmas season. The group will go out to dinner after singing. Contact Rachel or Sharon for more information

Monday, December 14 at 6:00 pm—Community Peace Vigil
You are invited to join with Christians and other people of faith from around Wilmington to pray for peace, for an end to all violence – including gun violence – in our communities, for victims of violence and their families, for first responders, and for our world. Held at Bailey Theatre Park at 12 North Front Street

Sunday, December 20 at 10:00 am—Choir Christmas Cantata
Join us as the Chancel Choir and Jubilee Bells present “A Garland of Carols” by Anna Laura Page and Jean Anne Shafferman.

IMG_1798 - WebWednesday, December 24 at 4:00 pm—“Glowstick-Light” Christmas Eve Worship
Our Early “Glow Stick” Service is held with families and all ages in mind. We will sing favorite hymns, “light” glow-sticks, tell the Christmas story, and collect non-perishable food items to share with the Good Shepherd Center.

Wednesday, December 24 at 7:00 pm—Candlelight Christmas Eve Worship
Traditional Candlelight Service: We will share scripture readings and music celebrating the birth of Christ. We will conclude by singing “Silent Night” by candlelight.

Pastor’s Reading Group: January 31st

Come join the discussion on Sunday, January 31st at 5:00pm.  We will discuss the book Sidney Chambers and the Shadow of Death by James Runcie as we share a covered dish dinner.

shadow_of_deathSidney Chambers and the Shadow of Death is a collection of stories of a mystery-solving vicar serving a parish near Cambridge in 1953.  Written by the son of an Archbishop of Canterbury, the descriptions of parish life ring true, and each mystery also is something of a sermon on an ethical matter.  The mysteries are also just plain good stories.

The Pastor’s Reading Group meets every other month to discuss a book.  Most of the time we read books that address the intersection of theology, culture, society, and faith.  Past discussions have included books by authors such as Nadia Bolz-Webber, Sara Miles, and Bruce Reyes-Chow.

Sidney Chambers and the Shadow of Death is the first book of what will eventually be a six part series.  The book has also been made into the TV series Grantchester which is broadcast on PBS.  (The TV series follows the book but takes some departures.  The TV series highlights the wounds of Mr. Chambers’ service in WWII.)

Come read and converse on Sunday, January 31st at 5:00pm.  Parents, please note that the time (5:00 to 6:15pm) overlaps with our Children’s Choir.


Ukulele Choirs go Caroling!

On Saturday, December 12th our Music Director, Sharon Moore, led members of our Children’s, Youth, and Adult Ukulele Choirs as they went caroling at Wilmington Health and Rehab.    We had quite a bit of fun singing Christmas songs with the residents there.  Below are a few pictures.


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Brothers Egg and Stray Local in Concert, Saturday, January 30th at 7:00pm

Winter Park Presbyterian Church Concert Series

The Winter Park Presbyterian Church Music Department will present a three-concert 2016 Concert series.  The performances will reflect our variety of music including: Youth, Handbells, and Bluegrass/Newgrass music.  

Stray Local
Stray Local

Our first concert will feature the wonderful local talents of “Brothers Egg” and “Stray Local” on Saturday, January 30, 2016 at 7:00 pm.  A free will offering taken at the door with all proceeds going directly to the performers.

Find out more about the band Stray Local here:

Brothers Egg:

Brothers Egg
Brothers Egg
Winter Park Presbyterian Church is a loving, inclusive community and an active, medium sized congregation that is committed to growing in relationship to God and sharing Christ’s love with all people through deed and word.  We gather for worship at 10am on Sundays.  We would love to meet you!
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Joy Gift: 12/6/15

Sing choirs of angels!   Come shepherds, sheep, donkey, cows, and snake.  (Snake!?!)  Come adore the Christ Child.   Our Joy Gift worship service (held in support of the Christmas Joy offering of the PCUSA) featured the gifts of our children’s choir, youth ukulele choir, adult ukulele choir, Chancel Choir, and adult instrumentalists.  We shared the story of Jesus’ birth through videos narrated by our children and families.  Many thanks to Rachel, Sharon, and everyone who helped put the worship service together.

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 Our worship service began with the song “Simple Gifts” shared with voice, hammer dulcimer, ukulele, banjo, and guitar.IMG_3705

Joy Gift 3 There was a moment to take photos of the manger scene.

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A little girl who loves snakes was invited to be the snake in the manger scene.  (Really, there probably was a snake around somewhere.  It was a barn, you know!)