Christmas 2016 at Grace Chapel

Snow, and mistletoe, and presents under a tree. Well-behaved children — and adults — gathered around the fire. The perfect gift; the perfect response. Visions of sugar plums, and…wait. Whose Christmas is this?!

Each December we log miles on the highway and points on our credit cards hoping to connect people, places, and longings. As we wrap our gifts and watch for snow, we can't ignore the tension in our world and our relationships. We're looking harder than ever for home.

But what if this Christmas, you didn’t have to search and shop and travel for that elusive holiday feeling? What if home was already, and always, here?

Whatever home and — church — have been to you this year, you are warmly invited to join us this Christmas season at Grace Chapel.

Christmas 2016 Music and Videos

DownloaD "Home is Here"

 

Advent Sundays

December 4: When Home is Messy
December 11: When Home is Far
December 18 (Monologue Sunday)*: When Home Finds You
December 25 (One all-church service in Lexington only, 11:00am)**: When Home is Good

Kidstown: Our regular Kidstown children's ministry for kids ages newborn through 5th grade will be available at all Sunday services throughout Advent, except December 25. On Christmas Day, a family friendly worship venue will be available in the Courtyard.

*On Monologue Sunday we take a break from our regular Sunday preaching to hear the Christmas story told dramatically, from the perspective of a historical, biblical character. 

**Other changes for December 25: the Lexington Campus Crossroads Cafe will be closed, and there will be no shuttle service from our remote parking lots.

Christmas Eve Candlelight Services

Thursday December 22

7:00pm in Lexington

friday December 23

7:00pm in Lexington

saturday December 24

3:00pm and 4:30pm in Watertown
3:00pm and 4:30pm in Wilmington*
3:00pm, 4:30pm, and 6:00pm in Lexington**

Childcare will be available for newborns through age 5. We need 35-40 volunteers to help make this happen, sign up here!

East Lexington will be joining the 7:00pm service at the Lexington campus on Thursday Dec 22. We will sit together in a reserved section in the sanctuary, but unclaimed seats will open to the public at 6:45pm. Children 0-5 are welcome to participate in the Lexington Kidstown program during this service.

*Limited seating at our Wilmington Campus only; please email  to reserve seats in advance. Our Wilmington Campus Christmas Eve services will be ticketed this year to ensure seating for everyone. We’re asking that anyone attending Christmas Eve services at our Wilmington location reserve their seats in advance. Tickets are free, and available at the info desk in the Wilmington lobby or by emailing Laurie Bean. Watertown and Lexington services will NOT be ticketed; seats will be distributed on a first come, first serve basis.

**At all three Lexington services on December 24, we will offer a shuttle bus service from the high school to Grace Chapel. If you are a Grace Chapel regular, please consider taking advantage of this opportunity and allow our many guests to have the best parking spots. Parking suggestions for Lexington campus visitors can be found here

Translation services are available at our Lexington campus services: Mandarin Chinese is available on December 23 (7:00pm) and December 24 (3:00pm only). Translation into Korean is available on December 23 (7:00pm). American Sign Language interpretation for the hearing impaired is available on December 24 (3:00pm service only). For details on translation at our Lexington Campus Sunday services, visit our Multicultural Resources page. 

Christmas Eve Special Offering

Over 12 million people have fled the region or been displaced due to the crisis; the largest number of human refugees in history, and the worst humanitarian crisis in the world today. 95% of those refugees will never leave the Middle East, and half of them are children. As we approach Christmas, we are reminded that Jesus himself was a Middle Eastern refugee by the age of two.

This is a moment for the church to stand up and join with believers worldwide to do what the church has called us to do. 100% of the offering we receive from the Special Offering on Christmas Eve will go towards providing aid for refugees, through our partnership with World Relief and the Greater Boston Refugee Ministry. This is our chance to be the church that leads with love, and we hope you’ll join us in this.

"For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me. Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you? The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’" Matthew 23:35-40, NIV