Celebrating Advent with Central

Central has a variety of Advent activities to help us celebrate this season even though we are apart. Click on one of the tabs below to discover what we have planned. Stay in touch as we move through the season for updates.

Sunday Morning

Central is back in the sanctuary with guidelines during this season. You may sign up here. If you are not comfortable returning, you may join us on our website, Facebook or YouTube.

  • Our virtual Advent calendar launches Sunday, November 29, the first day of Advent. This special calendar was created by members of our church and offers scripture, reflections, music and art for this season.

    You may click here or the image below to access this special calendar each day of Advent.

  • Central’s Online Alternative Gift Market: 12 Days of Alternative Gifting 

    Click the image below to view our virtual magazine on ’12 Days of Alternative Giving.’

    In previous years, Central has selected a ministry partner or an organization within the church to be highlighted as the recipient of the annual Christmas Greetings. This year, we have realized that highlighting only one ministry will not be enough. We are currently experiencing difficult days, and so the world needs a bit more kindness and a bit more sharing of the resources and blessings we may have. 

    As a result, the ministry of missions is excited to announce their 12 days of alternative gifting. This virtual marketplace is where you can shop for “virtual gifts” as an alternative to traditional Christmas gifts. Each day, a non-profit partner or an organization within the church will be featured in our giving catalog. There you will find more information about their ministry and how you can support them directly with a financial gift or with other means of participation. If your gift is in honor of someone special, you are invited to share your story with us. We hope to compile these stories and showcase them next year. 

    We will begin these 12 days with our Advent Central Shares Drive-by. At this drive-by we will collect donations for the Outreach and Advocacy Center and Central’s Courtyard Fellowship. Most importantly, as you drop-off your donation and see friends, you will receive a gift from Central. Central Deacons have prepared a Bag of Hope for your household. We will conclude these 12 days of alternative gifting with our Christmas Breakfast Celebration in the courtyard. We are expecting to serve 120 small meals to our neighbors experiencing homelessness. 

  • Experience Christmas Eve with Central

    We will be having our Christmas Eve service at 7 p.m. It will be available to stream here on our webpage, on Facebook, YouTube and Zoom. We will also share Communion virtually during this special time. We look forward to worshipping with you.

  • We kick-off these 12 Days of Alternative Gifting with our Advent Central Shares Drive-by December 13 from 3 to 5 PM. All six Central Parishes will host this special drive-by at various locations to be named soon. If you have joined us in the past couple of times, you know how fun and safe these are. For this Central Shares, people are encouraged to donate winter items for the Outreach and Advocacy Center and the Courtyard Ministry. Their shopping lists will be posted soon. Questions? Contact Jasiel G. Hernandez at jhernandez@cpcatlanta.org

  • December 13. 

    3 to 5 p.m.

    Central Deacons, Parish Coordinators, and Staff have a gift for you! Drop by your parish connection point to receive Advent art and Christmas candles lovingly prepared for you. This is also a great opportunity to bring needed items for the Central Night Shelter, Outreach and Advocacy Center, and Central Courtyard Ministry.

  • Looking for some sacred space to reconnect with God and the people you love? Schedule time in the Advent-adorned Central sanctuary with your family and/or pod to reflect and pray. You’ll receive a digital liturgy to follow when you arrive. Visit the sign up link for more details.

    Dates:

    Sunday, December 20

    Sunday, January 10

    Times:

    12:40 to 4 p.m.

    20 minute time slots. 10 time slots per day

    How to sign up: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/8050b4dadae28a7f58-sanctuary

  • December 25 at 9 a.m.

    Help us share the joy of Christmas with our neighbors experiencing homelessness by serving a warm breakfast and coffee in our Courtyard.

    Questions? Contact Jasiel H. Garcia