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Advent and Christmas Special Events

Advent and Christmas at FPC

Here are ways for you to be involved in the life of the church and the neighboring community. If you have questions, please contact the office.

You can help FPC celebrate the joy of Jesus' birth again this Christmas by contributing a poinsettia to decorate the church.

Your poinsettia purchase can be done "In honor Of" or "In Memory Of" someone special.  Costs and deadlines are available in our bulletin  The poinsettias will be used to decorate our Sanctuary for the Christmas Services.  After the service on the December 24th you can choose to take your poinsettia home with you or leave it so that it can be distributed by our Deacons to those who are homebound or hospitalized.

Poinsettia Orders

Advent and Christmas at FPC

The Worship Ministry would like to invite you to "Deck The Halls" of our church and sanctuary for the advent season on the first Saturday in December (subject to change). All you need to bring is your holiday cheer!  Watch the Bulletin for information about the dates and times, or reach out to the Worship Ministry directly.

Advent Decorating

Advent and Christmas at FPC

Angel Tree Program

Advent and Christmas at FPC


The Angel Tree ministry is founded on the conviction that all people are created in God's image and that no life is beyond God's reach. The Angel Tree Program and Prison Fellowship is a program that connects parents to the children through love, and gifts during Christmas time.  

 

As Christians, we believe that Jesus — Himself brought to trial, executed, buried, and brought to life again — offers hope, healing, and a new purpose for each life.  He can make even the most broken people and situations whole again.

Those who once broke the law are transformed and mobilized to serve their neighbors, replacing the cycle of crime with a cycle of renewal, and hope.

Our goals are to give hope to both children and the parent(s) who is incarceration and can not be with them during Christmas time. Half of our children are within 20 miles from church , and the other half are from other areas in the state of Virginia.  Each year our participation in this program reaches approximately 50 children.

https://www.prisonfellowship.org/about/angel-tree/

To participate:

  • Select a stocking, located in the Narthex, which is marked with an age group
  • Pick up a flier that contains a list of age appropriate items
  • Return the stocking to Narthex by the date indicated

Fairfax Presbyterian Church traditionally has participated in the program for a number of years.  It is a mission program to support a Salvation Army service to needy families.  

The Presbyterian Women (FPCPW) coordinates the distribution and collection of the stockings to church members and then delivers them to the local Fairfax County Salvation Army.  The Salvation Army distributes the stockings to its client families at Christmas parties in mid December.

The average number of stockings filled and donated each year is about 95.

Stockings to be filled are displayed in the Narthex in early to mid November.  Members can choose a stocking for a child based on gender and age.  Members also receive a list of age and gender appropriate items to be put in the stockings.  Filled stockings are collected in the Narthex by the first week in December and delivered to the Salvation Army.

The Christmas stocking program is a great way to involve an entire family in mission work, especially families with young children.  Letting them help select items and fill the stockings is a hands on way to teach children to help others in need.

A word from the Salvation Army about their mission- "We spread Christmas cheer each holiday season through traditions such as hospital visits, nursing home events, meal delivery, bell ringing, gifting programs, and clothing and Christmas toy donations. This gives the gift of hope and relief to low-income families, shut-ins, children of prisoners, and those without a home for the holidays."

 

Christmas Stocking Program

Advent and Christmas at FPC

This Advent and Christmas season, we once again call you to support the Christmas JOY Gift Offering, an annual special offering of the Presbyterian Church USA.

The Christmas Joy Offering reflects that God is with us, through the generous gifts that support church leaders among us, retired, present and future, who have pointed us to God. Even as we support our current and former church leaders through the Assistance Program of the Board of Pensions, God is calling new leaders for our Church and world, through the ministry of Presbyterian-related schools and colleges equipping communities of color — offering students the means for a brighter future and enhanced opportunities to use their talents and skills to serve God, the Church and the world for years to come.To give online, go to Breeze and select Joy Gift 2021 from the drop-down menu.

Be sure that checks are payable to FPC, with memo line: Joy Gift 2021 offering. For more information, go to:https://specialofferings.pcusa.org/offering/christmas-joy/

JOY GIFT Special Offering

Advent and Christmas at FPC

The program which has been in operation since 2003, is a coordinated effort between the county, nonprofits and faith communities.  The HPRP shelter sites offer a delicious dinner, a warm place to sleep, resources, professional case management services and breakfast the next morning.  For more information about the program visit Fairfax County's site at https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/homeless/hypothermia-prevention-program.

Fairfax Presbyterian Church participates in this annual program. This year it is held December 5-12.  For more information about our participation in this program, to volunteer, to donate items, or to make a financial contribution to support this program click here.



 

FACETS Hypothermia Prevention and Response Program

Advent and Christmas at FPC

Sign up to Volunteer during this event (you do not need to be a member of FPC to participate in this event)