Immanuel-Batavia begins holidays with 'Lessons & Carols'
Herald the arrival of the holiday season through the enchanting melodies of the "Lessons & Carols" services at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Batavia.
The services will be at 4 and 6 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 2, at the church, 950 Hart Road.
Prepare your heart and mind for the joyous celebration of the birth of our Savior.
Experience the magic of the season through the performances of the church choir, accompanied by a string ensemble, resonant French horns, and the enchanting tones of handbells.
This sacred service unfolds with a series of nine scripture readings, intertwined seamlessly with musical interludes that include special anthems and cherished congregational hymns.
Let the harmonies and melodies envelop you, creating an atmosphere of reverence and joy. This is more than a performance; it's a celebration of the timeless traditions that connect us to the heart of the season.
After worship, join in the Advent Nativity Walk in the fellowship hall. Wander through a wonderland of inspiring Christmas decorations and marvel at the intricacies of various nativity sets.
It's an opportunity to share in the festive spirit and connect with others who appreciate the beauty of our shared heritage.
Come and be a part of this delightful musical event, where tradition comes alive, and the magic of Christmas unfolds through the universal language of music. Your presence will add to the warmth and joy of our celebration.
In the lead-up to Christmas, join the midweek Advent services at 6:30 p.m. Wednesdays, Dec. 6-20, in the sanctuary. Come as you are for these simple services led by Pastor Noah Kegley and Pastor Chris Davis. Sing traditional advent hymns and hear about the wonders of God.
Add Immanuel to your holiday lights and sights list with the drive-through Christmas Nativity on Sunday, Dec. 10. Stop by the parking lot between 4 and 6 p.m. to drive through the nativity scenes featuring live actors and hear the true story of the first Christmas. In the case of a rainout, this event will be rescheduled for Dec 17.
A Pop-up Christmas Pageant will be held at 1 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 24, in the gym.
All children age preschool through fifth grade are invited to participate and no practice is necessary. Kids can pick out their favorite costume at the gym entrance. Get the costumes on, find a seat, and wait for the instructions during the service. Kids will be invited to come up on the stage at various points; no reading or acting required. If you are planning on bringing children that would like to play a part, RSVP online at immanuelbatavia.org/christmas.
On Christmas Eve, the 1 p.m. family service will last about 45 minutes and is especially for families with young children. This year, the church will be having a Pop-up Christmas Pageant for the kids (no practice necessary).
The 4 p.m. traditional service features traditional hymns with performances by the choir and handbells. The 11 p.m. candlelight service is traditional with Communion.
For information, visit immanuelbatavia.org/christmas.