Christmas 2017 at Grace Chapel

Christmastime finds us longing for peace: in our world, in our homes, in our souls. But too often, we unwrap our gifts and are left with empty boxes and unsettled hearts. Is peace really possible?
This holiday season, come experience moments of beauty, joy - and even peace - as we celebrate the birth of the one who was named the Prince of Peace.
 

Advent Sundays

November 26: Peace in the Tumult
December 3:
 Peace in the Heartache
December 10: Peace in the Unexpected
December 17*: Peace in the Questions
December 24: Peace in the Darkness
December 31: Peace in the Moments

*On the 17th, we take a break from our regular Sunday preaching to hear the Christmas story told as a first person dramatic monologue, from the perspective of a historical, biblical character. You don't want to miss it!

Christmas Eve Candlelight Services

Friday December 22

7:00pm in Lexington

Saturday December 23

7:00pm in Lexington

Sunday December 24

3:00pm and 4:30pm in Watertown
3:00pm and 4:30pm in Wilmington*
10:30am in East Lexington
3:30pm in Foxboro
11:00am, 2:00pm, 3:30pm, and 5:00pm in Lexington**

Childcare will be available for newborns through age 5 at all campuses except East Lexington. 

At our Lexington campus, we'll offer translation into Mandarin and Korean, as well as ASL signing for the deaf, at our 11:00am service only.

*Limited seating at our Wilmington Campus only; please email  to reserve seats in advance. 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

**At all Lexington campus 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

Advent Devotionals

The belief in peace in our world today requires courage, and it comes from an experience and understanding of what the peace of God, offered to us at Christmas, really is. It's our hope and prayer that this year's Christmas theme, Peace Be with Us, will help us all find our way to a more peaceful Christmas this year.

And to help you find peace in the midst of what can be a hectic, chaotic season, we've crafted a series of midweek devotionals that offer moments to reflect on the greatest peace that mankind can ever know. 

Advent Devotional #1: Peace in the Tumult

Advent Devotional #2: Peace in the Heartache

Advent Devotional #3: Peace in the Unexpected

A Special Offering

It's a Grace Chapel tradition to take a special offering at our Christmas Eve services, to help a worthy cause outside of our church. 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 directly to the Rohingya Refugee Relief effort through World Relief.  

This "cup of cold water" ministry, meeting urgent basic human needs, will receive our Christmas offering, as we remember the baby Jesus, born in a barn and soon to be a refugee himself, as his family fled to Egypt. 

The Rohingya people are a stateless minority Muslim group in Myanmar (Burma). A resurgence of violence has now forced hundreds of thousands of Rohingya families to flee their homes: villages have been burned down, many people injured, tortured, or killed. Over half a million refugees have flooded across the border into Bangladesh, and more are on the way as the crisis is growing worse. World Relief is distributing shelter kits, for families staying in crude makeshift settlements, and hygiene and dignity kits, containing items necessary to allow families to wash their hands and soiled clothes with soap, for women to manage menstruation, and to allow water storage at the household.

 How To Give
  • Text to give: text a numerical dollar amount and #PEACE to 781-995-3435
  • Give online: log in to MyGraceChapel.org, and select “Christmas Eve”
  • Write a check: write "Christmas Eve" in the memo line and drop it in the offering plate as it passes

This is our chance to be the church that leads with love, and we hope you’ll join us in this.
To learn more, please visit the World Relief website.