The word 'Advent' means 'coming'. Christians observe the season of Advent as a time to reflect on the fulfillment of God's promise to his people in the birth of Jesus, the first Christmas. The season begins on the fourth Sunday before Christmas and ends on the day before Christmas.
Advent at St. John the Divine is a special way to prepare for the coming of Christ using your eyes, ears, and voice. We offer several opportunities to experience the love of Jesus Christ with your family. Chart the path to Christmas using our Advent Guide, follow our Virtual Advent Calendar for daily scripture verses, or join us for a special seasonal event. We hope you will join us in a meaningful Advent season!
Make an Advent Wreath - December 1
All are invited to gather together at 10:00 am hour in Sumners Hall to make Advent wreaths. The cost is $20 for a kit containing fresh greenery, advent candles, ribbon, candle holders, and floral foam wreath. We will include a short devotional piece for the lighting of each new Advent candle on the four Sundays of Advent. In order to have enough supplies, we need anyone making a wreath to pre-register.
Follow the Virtual Advent Calendar
Experience Advent daily with our virtual Advent calendar. Each day from December 1 - 24, we will post a Bible verse on our Facebook page that focuses on the coming of Christ.
To receive the calendar on Facebook:
- Log in and search for The Church of St. John the Divine (facebook.com/sjdhouston) and 'Like' our Facebook page.
- If you're on your phone, scroll down to 'Upcoming Events'. If you're on a desktop, scroll down to 'Upcoming Events' in the left column.
- Click on 'Virtual Advent Calendar', then click 'Interested' or 'Going' to sign up.
- Click the envelope button that says 'Invite' and invite all your friends to join us too!
- Finally, Like and Share our posts as a way to remind the people you care about the real reason for Christmas and that their "redemption is drawing near too."
You can also receive these verses by text. Just text the word "Advent" to 313131. Email email@example.com for details.
Attend an Advent Class
Sunday mornings at 10:00 am December 1 - 122, Admin Bldg, Room 203
Taught by Josh Montgomery
How can God use you to help friends/acquaintances discover Jesus? How do you move from casual to spiritual conversations? What would you want someone to know who is interested in Jesus? How can God use your story to impact others?
Homeless in Houston
Sunday mornings at 10:00 am December 8 - 22, Admin Bldg, Room 201
Taught by the Rev. Greg Buffone, George Bement, Brett Hamilton, & Will Symmes
Join the Rev. Greg Buffone and faculty for this three-week class on homelessness in Houston, highlighting community efforts, SJD involvement, and volunteer opportunities. While Houston has made significant strides in addressing homelessness, there is still much more that needs to be done in a variety of areas. Please attend this series of presentations to better understand how you and your fellow parishioners can become more involved.
Visit the Snow Village
Every year, three generations of the Fendley family assemble a snow village in Sumners Hall for our church family to enjoy throughout Advent. The train in the Snow Village operates Mon – Fri, 10 am – 2 pm, 5 pm - 9 pm and Sat – Sun, 8 am – 2 pm, 5 pm – 10 pm. Learn more about our snow village!
Enjoy Christmas on the Boulevard
Join us for an evening of music and merriment at our third annual Christmas on the Boulevard Saturday, December 14. This is a free event.
4:00 pm: Live Nativity
Experience the mystery of that Holy Night with a family-friendly live nativity on the front lawn with live animals.
5:00 pm in the Church: Christmas Gala Concert
Join the SJD Chorale and ROCO Musicians along with the SJD Youth Choristers and the anticipated return of the Three Sopranos for a concert of seasonal favorites. If you can't make it to the concert, you can enjoy it live at sjd.org/live, livestream.com/SJD, or facebook.com/sjdhouston.
6:15 pm in Sumners Hall: Reception
A festive post-concert reception follows in Sumners Hall with refreshments and live jazz.
Childcare will be available for infant - 3 years at all events by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org in advance.
Listen to our Spotify Playlist
Associate directors of music John Meier and Zach Meeks curated this special playlist of some of their Advent favorites!
Attend a Christmas Service
For information on all our Christmas services, please visit the Christmas page.
- 11:00 am & 3:00 pm - Children's service with special sermon and band-led music with organ
- 5:00 pm - Children's service with special sermon and music led by the children and youth choir
- 7:00 pm & 10:00 pm - Traditional candlelight service with music led by organ, brass, and the SJD Chorale
- 10:00 am - Traditional service with music led by the organ and choral ensemble
Watch Services Live on Christmas Eve
3:00 pm, 5:00 pm 7:00 pm
Join St. John the Divine live from wherever you are on Christmas Eve for our children's services at 3:00 and 5:00 pm and our festive traditional candlelight service at 7:00 pm. Visit sjd.org/live, livestream.com/SJD, or facebook.com/sjdhouston.