"Merry Covid Christmas!" This Advent and Christmas season look and feel quite different from the seasons of the past. But we're not about to let Covid get us down at this most wonderful time of year! Join Armour Heights Church as we continue to celebrate the season of Advent and Christmas in ways that are sure to bring some joy, warmth, and merriment to your days.
Check out our special interactive online programming that was offered throughout November and December including food, crafts, music, movement, Christmas stories, and more! There is lots to enjoy at home. You won't want to miss it!
After weeks of writing, planning, rehearsing, recording, and editing, our Armour Heights Christmas Pageant for 2020 is ready for viewing! We are very excited to share this special story in a very new way--virtually!
Our Christmas Pageant is available NOW on our YouTube channel (CLICK THE BUTTON BELOW)! Tune in to see members of the Armour Heights congregation--babies, toddlers, kids, youth, and adults--tell the story of Christ's birth through an original play written by Josephine Schoutsen, called "Zoom Christmas."
The pageant will remain on our YouTube channel so that you can re-watch it whenever you want and share it with friends and family across the country (or even around the world)!
A HUGE thank you goes out to everyone who participated in this year's pageant! Collecting costumes from the church, recording parts at home, recording extra music on Sunday mornings, learning new songs, writing a virtual-friendly script, attending online meetings, and editing many little clips all into one big pageant--every step was important to making this all come together! We are so grateful for every person's dedication to making this an amazing pageant!
Another HUGE thank you goes out to Josephine Schoutsen, who wrote an original pageant script for the 11th year in a row, and wrote it so it could be done virtually. Josephine also helped organize rolls and was a big contributing member of the production and editing team.
A final HUGE thank you goes out to Michael Nettleton who, from the very start, helped brainstorm ways of creating an online pageant. He has spent many many hours taking all the many small clips of video footage, stringing them together, and adding backgrounds and transitions and sound to turn it into the piece that we can watch today.
We can't wait to share this story--the BEST story--with all of you. So, go grab a hot drink, snuggle into a comfy seat, and enjoy this year's Christmas pageant!
By special request, here is the poem “A Visit From COVID-19” shared by Michael Nettleton at the Open Mic event on Thursday, December 10th. To view the YouTube recording, click the button below. Or, to view the text document, CLICK HERE.
Watch the recording of our live concert from Friday, December 18 at 7:30pm on YouTube by clicking the button below! This special concert featured Music Director Bruce Nasmith, soloists Anna Bateman, Erin Stone, Elias Theocharidis, Christopher Tanaka-Mann and special guest, Rev. Rebecca Jess. Enjoy listening to and singing along to your favourite Christmas music and traditional carols anytime and as many times as you like! Any donations in support of this concert will go towards enhancing and supporting our online ministry. CLICK HERE or the button below to make an online donation via CanadaHelps.org using the fund "Merry Covid Christmas". CLICK HERE to download the concert programme. Enjoy hearing the playing of the merry organ and sweet singing of the choir!
The version you've grown up learning is not necessarily the story we get in our gospel accounts. What are these stories really trying to communicate? What background knowledge and understanding are necessary to really understand their radical message? Why not prepare for Christmas by learning the true story of Christmas?
Find all of the scripture readings and notes from these two sessions by clicking the button below!
CLICK HERE for everything you need to bake these Christmas Biscotti. Be sure to also check our special "recipe exchange" page from our baking participants by clicking on the button below! If you have any questions, contact Erin Stone: firstname.lastname@example.org, 416-485-4000. Cheers!
Take some time this season to ground yourself and realign your body, mind and spirit. Join Erin for one of her recorded yoga practices from her advent yoga series! Whether you are new to yoga or have a regular yoga practice, all are welcome!
If you have any questions, contact Erin Stone: email@example.com. 416-485-4000, or, click the button below for everything you will need.
One of the traditions that we do throughout Advent is light a candle each Sunday. These candles light our way as we journey toward Bethlehem and the birth of Christ. Each candle represents something specific: hope, peace, joy, and love. A traditional way of displaying those candles is in an Advent Wreath.
Typically we are able to gather together on Sundays throughout Advent to light those candles, reflect on how God is preparing us to hear the Good News, and pray. But this year Advent looks a little different, so we'll bring the Advent Wreath tradition right into our homes!
Rev. Rebecca lead an online session teaching participants how to make their own Advent Wreath. This wreath used real evergreen boughs that could be watered so that the wreath stays fresh and green right through until Epiphany (January 6).
CLICK HERE for everything you will need to make your own wreath at home! If you click on the button below, it will begin at the point in a video tutorial that explains how to make your own wreath! If you would like a copy of the Advent candle lighting prayers, CLICK HERE. Also, if you did make a wreath, please send along a picture of your completed project to add to our album of wreaths and photos from our event! CLICK HERE to view the wreath album! If you have any questions, please contact Rev. Rebecca at firstname.lastname@example.org.