Advent and Christmas

Special Worship Services for Advent & Christmas

Advent Lessons and Carols: Friday, December 7 & Sunday, December 9

Friday, December 7 | 7:30 PM in the Sanctuary
Sunday, December 9 | 8:30 AM Worship in the Chapel & 11 AM Worship in the Sanctuary

We will tell again the story of the prophets of Israel and how they foretold that God would visit and redeem the waiting people. On Friday night and at the 11 AM service, brass and string quartets join our choirs of adults, youth, children and bells.

Longest Night Service: Friday, December 21

7:30 PM Worship in the Sanctuary
For many, the Christmas season is a particularly difficult one. On this shortest of days, we will worship and reflect on what it means to dwell in the darkness of night. Together we will lift up our whole selves to the Lord, asking that God’s light would shine in our darkest places.

Festival Sunday with the Old Towne Brass Quintet: Sunday, December 23

8:30 AM & 11 AM Worship in the Sanctuary
The Old Towne Brass Quintet joins us for this annual Advent celebration service.

Christmas Eve Services: Monday, December 24

11 AM Worship in the Sanctuary (Childcare available)
5 PM Worship in the Sanctuary
8 PM Worship in the Sanctuary (7:45 PM Prelude)
11 PM Worship in the Chapel (10:45 PM Prelude with harp)
At each of our services, hear the story of Christmas and sing familiar Christmas hymns, accompanied by organ, including “Silent Night” and “Joy to the World.” Children are welcome at all our services; the 5 PM service is our “family-friendliest” service.

Sunday, December 30

11 AM Worship in the Sanctuary (one service only)


Alternative Giving Bazaar

Sundays, December 2 & December 9 
Fellowship Hall following the 11 AM service

The Alternative Giving Bazaar provides a great opportunity to honor friends and family by giving gifts in their names to any of almost two dozen organizations supported by the Local, National and International Mission Committees at Westminster. These gifts will reach deserving people in our community, nation and around the world. 

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Christmas Pageant & All-Church Dinner

Sunday, December 16
5 PM in the Sanctuary

Come see our children tell the Christmas story, then enjoy a pasta dinner together! Dinner is $5/person for all age 5 and above, and free for children age 4 and under.

Children in Grades K-5 can sign up to participate in the pageant here.

Christmas Caroling

Saturday, December 15
1:30 PM and 2:30 PM

Hear the Westminster Choir and Westminster Ringers perform Christmas carols in the Rotunda of the National Gallery of Art! Free. The National Gallery is located at 6th and Constitution Avenue NW in Washington, DC.

Boar’s Head Feast

Saturday, January 5
5 PM in Fellowship Hall

We’ve all sung the fun song, “The Twelve Days of Christmas.” This year, we mark the end of those twelve days with a Boar’s Head Feast. Sometimes called a “Madrigal Dinner,” this is a fun-filled meal with entertainment for all ages.

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Weekly Advent Devotional

Westminster’s Worship and Music Committee has created a series of weekly Advent devotional booklets for all. The booklet’s devotionals, music, Christian formation content, and information on the mission efforts of Westminster were all provided and curated by church members and staff. Pick up a copy of each week’s booklet in your pew, or ask an usher. You can also experience it online at

Christmas Flowers and Mission Giving

Honor or memorialize loved ones with a dedication in the Christmas bulletins. In addition to providing flowers in the Sanctuary, donations will support Meade Memorial Church, the host of the Bag Lunch program, a Local Mission project we participate in every month. Please mark your payment for “Christmas Flowers.” No minimum/maximum donation required. Contact Jessica Thurnes at [email protected] by Monday, December 10.

Christmas Joy Offering

This PC(USA) Offering is shared by the Assistance Program of the Board of Pensions, which provides critical assistance to Presbyterian church workers and their families; and Presbyterian-affiliated racial ethnic schools and colleges, which enable students to develop their gifts and find their calling. Remember our support to these two vital services as we seek to honor every child of God this Christmas season. Envelopes in the pews.

Learn more about the Christmas Joy Offering

Holiday Office Hours

Monday, December 24: 8:30 AM – 12 PM
Tuesday, December 25 & Wednesday, December 26: Closed
Thursday, December 27, Friday, December 28 & Monday, December 31: 9 AM – 3 PM
Tuesday, January 1: Closed
Wednesday, January 2: Normal office hours resume