Hanging of the Greens – This service, held on the first Sunday of Advent (usually end of November or early in December) sets the stage for the entire Advent season. During this service we decorate our sanctuary and explain the meaning behind all the decorations!
Christmas Music Sunday – Usually on the third Sunday of Advent (in December) our choir presents either a Christmas cantata or special Christmas music that takes the place of the morning sermon.
Christmas Eve Services – Our church has two Christmas Eve services. The early service is at 6:00 p.m. and is designed to be “child-friendly” and includes a telling of the Christmas story, with children portraying the characters. If you love to sing Christmas carols this would be the service for you! The late service, at 11:00 p.m., is designed to feature great “classical” Christmas music. Communion is served to all who desire it at both services.
Ash Wednesday Service – Ash Wednesday is what we call the first day of the season of Lent, which is the season of preparation for Easter. Lent is a time of emphasizing spiritual disciplines. Many people “take on” disciplines such as: daily Bible reading, visiting the sick, making a weekly donation to feed the poor equivalent to what they spent on eating out that week, or daily prayers. Many also “give up” things that they find to be harmful in their lives, such as cigarettes, fat, driving above the speed limit, or profanity. So Ash Wednesday is when we blow the starter’s whistle to begin our new spiritual disciplines for the long run to Easter.
Maundy Thursday Service – Maundy Thursday is what we call the Thursday before Easter – the day on which Jesus instituted the Last Supper. We and the members of Trinity Presbyterian Church share this service and rotate who hosts it. First Christian Church traditionally hosts in odd numbered years…2011, 2013, 2015, etc. with Trinity Presbyterian hosting in the even numbered years. In this service communion is shared with all who desire to take part.
Easter – Easter Sunday is the holiest day of the Christian year, marking the day on which Jesus rose from the dead. Our schedule can change, year to year, but normally we have an early service (pictured here) and then our main service at 10:50 a.m. We often baptized new members during the main Easter service.
Easter Egg Hunt- Yearly, the Saturday morning before Easter the church parking lot is filled with families ready to bring their children ages infant- 12 years old. With areas set up for different age groups, 3000 plus eggs filled with candy and treats, you and your family are in for a great time! You may even see the Easter bunny!
All Saints Sunday
New Orleans Jazz All Saints Sunday- (to be added)