Idlewild Presbyterian Church invites you to gather with us as we celebrate the Nativity of the Christ Child. 

Join us for Christmas Eve services! All three services are held in the Sanctuary. Nursery care is available for the 3:00 and 5:00 services -- children are always welcome in worship! 

3:00 p.m. Child-Led Christmas Eve Service

Not just for children! Children lead this short, cheerful service. The children’s choir will be singing. Angel and shepherd head pieces will be provided for children, or they can wear their own from home. Nursery care is available for the youngest -- but children are always welcome in worship.

5:00 p.m. Traditional Lessons and Carols

A beautiful service of carols, choir anthems, and scripture readings, ending with candle-lighting. Nursery care will be available - but children are always welcome in worship.

The Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols tells the story of the fall of humanity, the promise of the Messiah, and the birth of Jesus. Nine short scriptural readings from Genesis, the prophetic books and the Gospels are interspersed with the singing of Christmas carols, hymns and choral music. The service is preceded at 4:45 by a prelude of music played by stringed instruments.

11:00 p.m. Candle-lighting Communion Service

Led by youth and clergy. Communion is served and candles are lit at midnight. Nursery care not available. Children are welcome in the service.

   All three services will be livestreamed. 


Wednesdays in Advent  - Dec. 5, 12, 19

12:00 p.m. Advent Worship Service 
12:30 p.m. Lunch ($8)

Each week during Advent, a noontime service is held in the Trippeer Chapel. Members share meaningful holiday stories, which join with the worship and prayer to help us prepare for the coming of the Christ Child. The services are followed by a light lunch ($8) at 12:30. It’s a peaceful break in the midst of the hectic pace. All are welcome!

Wednesday, December 5
Speakers: Molly Glover Ryan and Jason Hood
Soloist: David Schnell

Wednesday, December 12
Speakers: Elizabeth Doolin and Phil Taylor
Soloist: George Ensminger

Wednesday, December 19
Speaker: Jeanne Wilson
Soloist: Bailey Bigger

Advent Worship Music - Sunday, Dec 9

11:00 a.m. Worship Service, Sanctuary

Idlewild Choir and Soloists will present J. S. Bach's Advent cantata, "Nun komm der Heiden Heiland" ("Come Now, Savior of the Gentiles") during 11:00 worship. The cantata is based on hymn 102 which we will be singing every Sunday of Advent at the lighting of the Advent Candle.

The Collegium Musicum from the University of Memphis will join with Idlewild Choir for this presentation. The Collegium is composed of students and teachers playing various of musical instruments from earlier periods of European music.

Advent Devotional Booklet & Activity Calendar

Advent devotional booklets and activity calendars will be available at the church November 25. (The First Sunday of Advent is December 2.) The booklets are designed to enrich your experience of the Advent season with daily devotions written by members of the congregation. We hope you will find them meaningful and share them with your friends. The calendar has an activity each day leading to the Nativity of Jesus Christ.

Poinsettias for the Sanctuary 

Order Christmas poinsettias for the sanctuary! The poinsettias will be in the sanctuary Sundays, December 16 and 23. Names will be published in the worship bulletin on December 16. Individual acknowledgements will not be made.

Each poinsettia is $10. On the order form, please print carefully the name of the person being recognized and the giver’s name. If one poinsettia is ordered for multiple persons, the names will be printed as a group, not individually. (Any extra funds received for poinsettias will be used for special sanctuary flowers during the year.)

Order & payment must be received by Sunday, Dec. 9 for names to be in the bulletin. 



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