Anticipation. Preparation. Expectation.
Celebrate this holy season of Advent with friends old and new and prepare for the joys of Christmas! Contact Grace Beacham for more information about any of these activities.
SHARE THE JOY
Donations accepted through Tuesday, Dec. 14
Share the Joy of the season with children of incarcerated parents by contributing to our Share the Joy gift drive. In partnership with the Osborn Association, St. James' is proud to collect gift cards, toys, games, electronic goods, and other gifts for children who will not be able to spend the season with their parents. Help these children spend a happy Christmas and donate generously to Share the Joy.
ADVENT WREATH MAKING
Thursday, Dec. 1 | 3:30 - 6:30 p.m.
Our first festive event of the Advent/Christmas season is a creative evening for ALL ages in Coburn Hall. We supply the makings for your wreath, including beautifully fresh greens, a straw frame, red berries, and an Advent candle set. Small children need supervision at this event. Seasonal music sets the mood. $25 reserves your wreath. Supper is served at an additional $5 cost.
CHRISTMAS BOUTIQUE: Shop to help those in need
Sunday, Dec. 4 | 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
A longtime tradition, the Christmas Boutique is a fun day of holiday shopping for parishioners and their guests. Drop by and visit one of our many unique vendors. Shop children's clothing, homemade candy, jewelry, holiday gifts, cashmere wraps, and much more. We also have the ever-popular Vintage Christmas area. Bring your Christmas list and tell your friends.
Through the work of the St. James' Grants Committee, 20% of all Christmas Boutique vendor sales are passed onto community-based organizations and charities throughout the five boroughs. You'll feel twice as good knowing that you have crossed gifts off your list while helping those less fortunate.
GINGERBREAD HOUSE WORKSHOP
Saturday, Dec. 10, 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
A magical morning spent decorating your own gingerbread house. Exercise your creativity and enjoy fellowship with families and parishioners of all ages. We provide the house, the royal icing, and an incredible amount of candy; you bring the ideas. Each house is $45 ($5 additional for pizza and a drink). Paid reservations in advance are required in order to supply houses.
CHRISTMAS CAROLING: Sing for your supper! (For all ages)
Tuesday, Dec. 13
Advent Tea (4:00 - 5:30 p.m.):
Enjoy fellowship before caroling, with hot tea and light snacks. Contact Grace Beacham to help out!
All-Parish Caroling (5:30 - 6:00 p.m.):
Join St. James' music director Davis Wortman for some old-fashioned caroling on Madison Avenue. Parishioners and friends, young and old, assemble on the front steps of St. James' to sing traditional songs that celebrate the season for passers-by. Don't know the words? No problem! Song sheets will be provided.
Festive Reception (6:00 - 7:30 p.m.):
Warm up after caroling with fellowship over hot chocolate, apple cider, wine, appetizers, and Christmas treats.
Please contact Grace Beacham (212-774-4231) with any questions about the events or to volunteer.