Season of Advent

For Christians, the weeks leading up to December 25 are not simply a time of waiting for Christmas Day to arrive. The season of Advent is a holy season in itself, a time of expectation and longing. In these days of continued uncertainty and anxiousness, we are truly longing for God to usher in a new creation as we hope for healing, wellbeing and redemption. As we count down the weeks of Advent, let’s make our shared faith the heart of these extraordinary days.

We hope that you will join us in the church’s seasonal offerings of reaching out to our neighbors, coming together in person or virtually to listen, contemplate, reenact, and sing the story of miracles and of the kingdom of God that Advent awaits.

Children's Christmas Eve Service

Christmas Eve Service

A Christmas Eve Service of Lessons and Carols will be held at 7:30 p.m. in the Sanctuary. This service also will be livestreamed on the BMPC Facebook page, YouTube channel, and the church website.

Our Sunday worship services during the Christmas season will be held in the Sanctuary on Nov. 28, Dec. 5, 12, 19 and 26 and Jan. 2 at 10:00 a.m. 


Christmas Concert & Recitals

Advent Tuesday Noon Recitals. Tues., Dec. 21, 12:00 p.m., Sanctuary. Join us during the season of Advent for the return of our Tuesday concert series! These concerts may be attended either in person (masks and social distancing required) or via livestream. Our final concert is Dec. 21, and we welcome Jeffrey Brillhart and Edward Landin Senn who will present an organ duet program.

Joy Abounds - Singing City at the Holidays. Sun., Dec. 12, 3:00 p.m., Sanctuary. BMPC hosts Singing City in its return to live performances with a jazzinfused concert to ring in the holidays. The choir is joined by Pat Bianchi, one of the finest jazz organists in America, and his trio. The concert features works by Adolphus Hailstork, André Thomas, Roland Carter, Jacob Narverud, Rosephanye Powell, Brian Mann, G.F. Handel, Kim André Arnesen, and more. Tickets are available through Singing City’s online box office: https://bit.ly/joy-abounds-concert. Church members may enter BMPC as the promo code to receive a $5 discount on tickets.


Additional Opportunities to Contemplate the Season

Advent Story Path Labyrinth. Walking a labyrinth during Advent provides a meaningful way to journey to Bethlehem. Beginning on Mon., Nov. 29, the small labyrinth is available Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., Saturday, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., and Sunday, 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. in the Chapel.* An Advent Labyrinth Journey booklet will be provided to accompany you throughout the season.

* Memorial services may be held in the Chapel occasionally; signs will be posted alerting that the labyrinth would be closed during the service. Memorial services are listed on the church calendar.

Quiet Prayer in Advent. Wednesdays, Dec. 1, 8 and 15, 7:00 - 7:45 p.m., via Zoom. A virtual quiet time for contemplative guided prayer will be offered weekly. Amidst the busyness of the season and week, this prayer session will include Scripture readings, space for reflection, and a time of communal silence. The guided portion of the evenings will be recorded and available on the Caring Ministries webpage. Members of our congregation will lead the sessions. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Longest Night

Longest Night Service
Tues., Dec. 21, 7:00 p.m., Sanctuary and Livestreamed

While many of us bask in the holiday spirit of good cheer, the season of Christmas can be a difficult time for others. This service offers comforting and hopeful scripture readings, the singing of carols, a brief meditation by the Rev. Brian Ballard, and an extended time of prayer to lift to God our yearnings for healing and wholeness for ourselves and the world. Join us, and invite someone for whom you think this service might be meaningful, as we place our concerns for ourselves, those we love, and the world in the hands of our compassionate God.

You may attend this service in person or view it via BMPC’s Facebook page, the BMPC YouTube channel or the livestream page on the church website.

 Longest Night Labyrinth Walk: December 21.  You are invited to walk our rope labyrinth on the Education Building Lawn (weather permitting) from 3:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. It will be candlelit from 5:00 p.m.  –  8:30 p.m. A labyrinth offers a sacred, nonjudgmental place to pray, meditate and breathe. Walking a labyrinth engages the entire body in releasing the noise of everyday life and allows the possibility to receive the Light to refresh the soul. We invite you to walk or to simply take in the light. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Youth, Children & Families Advent Worship

Children's Christmas Eve Live Nativity. 1:00-3:30 p.m. Starting outside the Chapel and ending at the Sanctuary doors, you will walk through a Live Nativity and meet actors, animals, and readers who will reenact key moments from the Christmas story. Families are encouraged to sign up for a time slot to help with scheduling participants throughout the afternoon. While pre-registration is now closed, we have plenty of spots available! This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to sign up for a time!

Prerecorded Children's Christmas Eve Service. Led by the children of our congregation, this simple worship service tells the story of Christmas through familiar scripture, actors, and carols. View the video.

Caring & Sharing

Advent Gift Market. In-person shopping will be offered in the Narthex in the Sanctuary after worship on Sundays through Dec. 19. All are invited to participate in this creative and meaningful gift-giving program. Orders for gifts, inserts and greeting cards may be placed via the AGM website; by mailing/dropping off the order form enclosed in this year’s catalog to the church office; or at the AGM table in the Narthex. Filled orders may be picked up from a bin labeled “Advent Gift Market” outside the BMPC Chapel door. Donors will be notified when orders are ready, usually 1-2 days after receipt of the order. When requested, insert cards may be downloaded and printed from your home computer. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Christmas Angels. Due to the continuing pandemic, Christmas Angels will be hybrid this year. Several of Gemma’s programs remain virtual. For those children, gift cards in $25 increments from Target, Walmart, Amazon, Five Below, Marshalls/TJ Maxx, ShopRite and Best Buy are preferred. You may purchase gifts for a specific child through SignUp Genius: https://bit.ly/BMPC_Xmas_Angels_2021; order from Gemma’s Amazon Wish List: https://bit.ly/GemmaNeeds; or buy a general gift for a child, such as Legos, toiletry sets, Rubik’s Cubes, makeup, cards and card games, board games, fidget toys, basketballs, footballs and remote-controlled cars. Gift cards and unwrapped gifts may be delivered during the Drive-thru Drop Off on Sun., Dec. 5 from 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. at the Education Building’s circular driveway on Fishers Road. Gift cards also may be dropped off in the church’s secure mailbox at the entrance facing the Radnor Street parking lot. Please note that access to Gemma’s offices is restricted. Donation delivery is held at Gemma’s Plymouth Meeting campus and is by appointment only. All gifts are due by Tues., Dec. 7. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

BMPC Hunger Fund — No Turkey Collection. Due to COVID-19 considerations, the BMPC Hunger Committee is not collecting turkeys this holiday season; instead we ask that you contribute to the BMPC Hunger Fund. These funds will be used to help those in need during the holidays as well as throughout the year. BMPC Hunger Ministries have continued supporting local food pantries during the pandemic, thanks to the generosity of our members. We know the need to support the food insecure in Greater Philadelphia will continue for months and years to come. Please give today via our online giving page or mail a check to BMPC, 625 Montgomery Ave., Bryn Mawr, PA 19010, with Hunger Fund written on the memo line of your check.

Give to the Christmas Joy Offering. This special offering on Sundays, Dec. 12 and 19 is an opportunity to give generously to those who devoted their lives to the mission of our denomination when they retire or face challenging life circumstances. The Christmas Joy offering also promotes the educational programs of ethnic schools and colleges. Envelopes are in the pews; learn more here.