Advent begins Sunday, November 29, 2020. Read on to find out about the five spiritual practices that we’ll be undertaking as a community and how you can get involved in one or more of them!
Lighting the Candles of an Advent Wreath in our own homes is one tangible way we mark this season and our reorientation toward Christ. Typically we would make these wreaths together at the Advent Festival, however this year, the Advent Festival is coming to your home, as we are not able to gather at the church to make our wreaths and do activities together. We will be creating take home kits for making Advent Wreaths, decorating Christmas tree ornaments, candles, and more. Please fill out this Google Form if you would like to participate and receive supplies, so we have an idea of how many we need to make and who needs a delivery! For those able to pick up the materials, they will be available at the church on Sunday November 29, until 3:00pm.
Sunday Evening Lessons and Carols
This year we’re splitting up the Lessons & Carols service over the four Sundays of Advent (rather than one service at the start of Advent). This 15 minute service will take place every Sunday evening at 5:30p on Zoom (click here for Lessons and Carols Zoom link.) Each Lessons & Carols service will conclude by unveiling an Advent window across the east bay at 5:45p (see below for more information). In addition to the Sunday Lessons & Carols service, we’ve also written a weekday prayer booklet for you/your family to use during the week around your Advent wreath.
Wednesday Evening Advent Taizé Services
Bodies. Darkness. Candlelight. Prayers. Stillness. Voices. Harmony. These are just some of the things you might experience in our Advent Taizé services. This year the bodies will be more dispersed, and many of us will be relying on digital technologies to see and hear, but we’ll still get to enjoy much of what make these services so special. Just like on Sunday mornings you’ll be able to find the livestream on facebook and on our website. We invite you to find a space in your home, light some candles, and join us each week on December 2, 9, and 16 at 7:30 pm (via Facebook live), for a 45 minutes of prayer, scripture, and music, as we listen for comfort, speak joy, and practice hope.
We are collecting new items for our friends living in camps in Berkeley for the first three weeks. Put your name and the number you are purchasing next to what you are donating (in the wish lists below) and drop it off with an All Souls staff member that Sunday between 9-2 or to an Allsoulsian who will be waiting at the donation bin by the chapel doors the following Wednesday between 2-4. Please do not bring donations at other times. You can also donate funds to the camps or the food pantry, just send a check with a note about what it’s for or make a donation online and include note.
Week 1: 8th and Harrison Wish List:
Week 2: Here/There Camp Wish List:
Week 3: 2nd and Jones Wish List:
This year, we invite you to join us in creating a “live” Advent calendar from home! To do this, we’re asking different folks to create an Advent window display for each day of Advent. To participate, you only need a window in your home that faces the street.
The theme for this year’s Advent windows is “waiting”—we encourage you to incorporate this theme into your window display. Show us how you/your family waits for Christmas to come or simply for what you are waiting. Below you can find a map of all the home window displays as well as the windows that have already been revealed!