Sunday, November 27 – Friday, December 24

Advent is a season where we, as a church, prepare to celebrate the birth of Christ.
It is a season of waiting, a reminder of how long God’s people waited for the Messiah to be born.
Advent begins on Sunday, November 27 and concludes on Christmas Eve, Saturday, December 24 with the arrival of Emmanuel (“God with us”).
Advent Devotional Books will be available in the church office before November 27.
As a congregation, Haymarket Baptist Church participates in Advent both in Sunday Worship and multiple service opportunities throughout the season.
Advent/Christmas Worship
Lighting of the Advent Wreath – Beginning with the first Sunday of Advent, November 27, we will light candles in worship each Sunday, corresponding with the Advent themes of Hope, Peace, Joy, and Love, culminating with the lighting of the Christ candle on Christmas Eve, December 24.
White Christmas, Sunday, December 4 – While we continue to donate items to Jane’s pantry throughout November and December, we will celebrate the HBC tradition of White Christmas on Sunday, December 4. Please bring canned or boxed goods wrapped in white paper on that Sunday to bring forward during the worship service.
Mini-Cantata, Sunday, December 11 – A ‘Mini-Cantata’ will be a part of the worship service on Sunday, December 11. What a wonderful way to celebrate the Joy of Christ’s birth with the leadership of the HBC choir!
Christmas Eve Candlelight and Communion, Saturday, December 24 – Please join us for Christmas Eve worship at either of the services, held at 4:00 PM and 7:00 PM.
Christmas Day Worship, Sunday, December 25 at 11:00 AM – Please join us for a family-oriented worship service on Christmas Day.
Other Advent/Christmas Programs
Operation Christmas Child – HBC is collecting shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child which are then given to children around the world. Shoeboxes are available for pick-up beginning Sunday, October 30 and need to be returned by Sunday, November 20 so that they can be delivered to the distribution center that afternoon.
Thanksgiving Food Baskets – Boxes of food will again be distributed to families in need for Thanksgiving.
Non-perishable food items can be donated to Jane’s Pantry for boxes which are prepared before Thanksgiving.
Angel Un-Trim-A-Tree – HBC will be providing Christmas gifts for children of families in need. A SignUpGenius link with a wishlist of items will be made available by Sunday, November 20. Gifts will be due back by Sunday, December 19.
Christmas Tributes and Memorials – The congregation is invited to make monetary donations in memory or in honor of a loved one. Tributes this year will be given to the SBC Conference for the Deaf. Tributes can be made beginning Sunday, November 20 and concluding on Thursday, December 16.
Hanging of the Greens – The sanctuary will be prepared on for the Advent season on Saturday, November 26 at 1:00 p.m. in advance of the first Sunday of Advent, November 27.
Town of Haymarket Christmas Tree Lighting – On Saturday, December 10, 2:00 to 6:00 p.m. HBC will be hosting a craft table at the Town of Haymarket Christmas and Holiday Tree Lighting.
Living Nativity – The Living Nativity program will be held on Wednesday, December 21. There will be a petting zoo beforehand at 5:30 p.m., and then the program will begin at 6:30 p.m.
Christmas Food Baskets – Similar to Thanksgiving food baskets, families in need are also provided with food before Christmas. Please continue to donate items to Jane’s Pantry throughout the season.