Advent 2022

Advent Happenings 2022

At the Church Library Art Gallery

O Come Let Us Adore Him


In keeping with the Advent-Christmas season, the next exhibit for the Church Library Gallery will feature First Church members’ and friends’ crèche and nativity scenes. If you would like to share your family’s nativity scene, please bring it to the JPW Library by November 20. It will be kept safe and secure until it is returned to you. This exhibit will run through January 8, but if need your nativity set back for Christmas, let Jennifer know and we’ll make that happen!





Advent Devotionals

Pick up your copies in the JPW Library!



• Daily Guideposts: 25 Devotions for Advent. Experience God’s great love in a new personal way with these meditations drawn from Daily Guideposts. Rekindle the hope of the Christmas season through Scripture verses, personal stories, and prayers to help you apply the day’s messages.











• The Dawn Chorus: An Advent Devotional on the Wonders of Birds. Songbirds know a thing or two about singing into darkness: in the wee hours of the morning, before the sun appears over the horizon, they begin a great symphony that scientists call the “dawn chorus.” Advent is the church’s dawn chorus. Each week in Advent, walk through the season’s days of hope, peace, joy, and love, singing into shadows and looking to the light. Each devotion includes a candlelight service, bird-related fun facts, a handful of ideas for service activities, and a simple bird ornament to hang on your tree or around the house. A devotional designed for families of all shapes and sizes.

First Sunday of Advent, November 27

10:00 a.m. Candle of Hope. Worship in the Meeting House and on Livestream

Still. Loading by Rev. Fredd Ward
Text: Romans 13:11-14

Follow along with our Bulletin and Sunday Notes.

Narnia Talk with Jane

Starting Monday November 28 at 6:00

Did you know that Reverend Jane loves Narnia? She has read every one of the Chronicles of Narnia multiple times and even has a map of Narnia above her writing desk at home. She would love to share her Narnian passion with all of you during this Advent season.

Join her Mondays at 6:00 in the library or on Zoom starting November 28. The study guide, Advent in Narnia: Reflections for the Season, is available in the library.








Second Sunday of Advent, December 4

10:00 a.m. Candle of Peace. Worship in the Meeting House and on Livestream


10:00 a.m. Countdown to Christmas Advent Workshop

Children will make child-friendly Advent wreaths and ornaments in church school. Families and friends will join them after worship.
Contact Cindy Tolin at or the Faith Formation Work Group for additional information.






Third Sunday of Advent, December 11

10:00 a.m. Candle of Joy. Worship in the Meeting House and on Livestream

Come see and hear the beloved Story as told with Colossal Puppets and a Trombone Choir.


We need puppeteers!

Volunteer here,

or contact





5:30 p.m. Taizé Worship Service in the Meeting House and on Livestream

A respite amid the excitement of the holiday season!







Saturday, December 17

11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Live Nativity on the front lawn!

Experience the sacred beauty of Christmas during a live presentation of Jesus’s Nativity, featuring a cow, a donkey, a camel, and other farm friends. Free admission. Gifts of non-perishable food will be collected for the West Hartford Food Pantry.










Fourth Sunday of Advent, December 18

10:00 a.m. Candle of Love. Worship in The Meeting House and on Livestream

4:00 p.m. Chorus Angelicus. Join us for this “Arts in The Center” concert in The Meeting House and on Livestream

The award-winning children’s choir, Chorus Angelicus, and their adult counterpart, Gaudeamus, present their annual concert of music for the season, paired with delightful readings with narrator, John Dankosky.


***Reserve tickets by clicking here***

Christmas Eve, December 24


4:30 p.m. Service of Lessons & Carols in the Meeting House and on Livestream
A service for all ages featuring the music, stories, and tender light of that First Night.

Christmas Day, December 25 

No in-person Worship on Christmas Day. Enjoy your family and a watch for a pre-recorded Christmas service that will be shared via email and posted on our pages on Christmas morning to watch anytime. 

See you on New Year’s Day!