And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.
Advent is a time of preparation and hope. We celebrate this period in the four weeks before Christmas in each of our four churches.
Held in early December, this is a worship service lead by the Pastoral Care team to honour all the feelings that arise at this time of year.
Each congregation holds a regular Christmas Eve service. Check the calendar for more details.
Join us for singing, fellowship and communion at South Mountain United Church on Christmas Day. Service starts at 10 a.m.
The season of Lent and Holy Week
“I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live, and everyone who lives and believes in me shall never die.”
As we try to rid ourselves of all the things we give up for Lent, we spend one day reveling in all the “bad stuff” like pancakes and chocolate before we give it up for Lent. South Mountain United Church holds a Pancake supper
A day to prepare ourselves to give up something in our lives for the 40 days of Lent such as chocolate, coffee, criticism. We do this so that we might have room to gain something in their place: prayer, quiet, patience.
This special day marks our remembrance of Jesus’ parade into Jerusalem before he was tried and convicted for sedition and blasphemy and executed by the Romans. As the people waved palm branches, so we wave branches as well.
The word “Maundy” comes from the Latin word “maundatum” which is from the words Jesus spoke after the Last Supper: “My Commandment is that you love one another.”
Maundy Thursday is our understanding of how Jesus spent the Passover with his friends and family.
Good Friday is the day we acknowledge both the horror of Jesus’ execution on the cross, and our knowledge that this sacrifice was made for all the world.
We gather for our Good Friday evening worship service where we reflect on the cross of Christ and his great love for us.
On Easter Sunday, the day of Resurrection, or as some of the early Church fathers called it “The eighth day of creation,” we are invited to gather at 7:30 a.m. at Inkerman United Church for our Sunrise Service and Breakfast hosted by the men of Inkerman UC.
South Mountain, Heckston and Hallville Churches have services at their regular times as well.
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The Church’s season revolve around two poles in the life of Jesus: His birth and his resurrection.
So the season of Christmas (the 12 days of Christmas) begins on sunset of Christmas Eve and ends on Twelfth Night (the evening of January 5 or Epiphany Eve).
Christmas is preceded by a four-week season of preparation called Advent which begins on the Sunday closest to St. Andrew’s Day (November 30). St. Andrew was the first Disciple to follow Jesus. Following the Christmas Season is Epiphanytide, named after the day of Epiphany, when we celebrate the Magi (wise men) who were the first non-Jewish people to witness Jesus.
The second pole is centred on the Resurrection of Jesus, Easter, which is preceded by the season of Lent. Lent, which is “40 days long” (but if you look at your calendars, you will realize that it’s more than 40 days as Sundays aren’t counted), begins on Ash Wednesday.
Some churches hold solemn services to remember that we must give up something in order to gain something. In some places, the day before Ash Wednesday is called “Fat Tuesday” or Shrove Tuesday or Mardi Gras. If Lent is a time to give up things like high-fat foods or chocolate or meat, then the day before is a time of using it all up!
Lent concludes with Holy Week, the week before Easter. During Holy Week churches can celebrate Maundy Thursday to remember the Last Supper Jesus had with his friends. The next day is Good Friday when the word Good comes from both “God” and the sense that because of Jesus dying on Good Friday we can have hope for new life in his Resurrection.
The season of Easter lasts for 49 days and ends at the day of Pentecost (which means 50th day) when God’s Holy Spirit was gifted to the Church as its power and strength to show the world the love of Jesus. The season after Pentecost is sometimes called the season after Trinity as we remember how Christians understand God as being a trinity or three in one and one in three. This long season of the year (which generally runs from June to the end of November) is sometimes called “Ordinary Time.”