Advent 2023

Click HERE to download a PDF of the Advent 2023 Brochure

Children’s Storytime with Pastor Jeff—Facebook Live
Every Sunday in Advent starting December 3 at 7:30 p.m.
Join Pastor Jeff on Facebook Live every Sunday evening in Advent (12/3, 12/10, 12/17) for a reading of a story that will get you in the spirit of the season.

Christmas Mini-Concerts—Livestreamed & In-Person
Join us in-person or on our YouTube Channel and Facebook page for live mini-concerts featuring musicians from Royal Oak First. Concerts will be presented at Noon during the three Wednesdays in Advent:  December 6, 13, and 20. Concerts will last approximately 30 minutes and will lift your spirit with the music of the season.

Advent by Candlelight
Monday, December 4 from 7:00-9:00 p.m.
This special Advent event for women includes a program of speakers and music followed by dessert. You are invited to host a table for friends and family or sign up to simply attend and we will assign you to a table. It will be a busy month, so we invite you to spend this evening with us, getting our hearts and minds focused on what matters most this season. Scan the QR code or visit to signup by November 19.

Spread the Cheer!
Saturday, December 9 from 10:00-11:00 a.m.
We need everyone’s hands to help us spread holiday cheer! We need people to send cards, people to bake, kids to make cards, people to assemble bags of cookies and people to deliver cookies. Starting on Sunday, November 19, you can pick up a list of church members to mail Christmas cards to. On Saturday, December 9, bring four dozen of your favorite type of cookie or holiday treat to share and you will get to go home with a variety of cookies. We will then need volunteers to deliver cookies to the home of church members. This is a lovely, and delicious, way to spread holiday joy within our church family. If you any questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out to Danielle at Click HERE to sign up.

Baby’s First Christmas
Sunday, December 10 at 9:00 a.m. Worship
Families with infants experiencing their very first Christmas are invited to 9:00 a.m. worship for a special blessing and gift from the church. We are excited to celebrate this special moment with you and your newborn!

“A Feast of Carols” Christmas Concert
Sunday, December 10 at 3:00 p.m.
Join us for this year’s “A Feast of Carols” Christmas Concert featuring ensembles of Royal Oak First including our Sanctus Choir, Carillon Ringers, Children’s Choirs, Youth Choir, and Bands. Be sure to take in the sounds of our ensembles at Royal Oak First for an afternoon of glorious music.

Christmas Sweater Sunday
Sunday, December 17 at 9:00 and 11:00 a.m. Worship
Wear your favorite Christmas sweater – “ugly” or not! Come and spread the joy of the season with your best Christmas get-up!

Longest Night Service
Thursday, December 21 at 7:00 p.m.
Whether mourning the loss of a loved one, dealing with an illness, navigating financial struggles or simply not feeling the spirit of Christmas; this service is a quiet, prayerful moment acknowledging the difficulties of the season.

Christmas Eve Worship Experiences

10:00 a.m. – Sanctuary/Livestream
Join us for the fourth Sunday in Advent as we bring the story of the Magi to life! We will also light the 4th candle on the Advent wreath-the candle of love. The Nursery will be open.

4:00 p.m. – Sanctuary/Livestream
Children’s Christmas Pageant – a service for children and families. The children of Royal Oak First will present the story of the first Christmas. Music will be provided by the Children’s Choirs and strings of Royal Oak First.

7:00 p.m. – Sanctuary/Livestream
“Blue Jean Christmas” – a modern worship experience. Come as you are and worship with us as we celebrate the birth of Jesus. We will also have a service of candlelight as part of our worship. Our Youth Band and House Band will be leading us. The Nursery will be open.

9:00 p.m. – Sanctuary/Livestream
Traditional Christmas Eve worship service featuring Sanctus Choir, organ, piano and a string quartet. A service of candlelight will conclude our worship.

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