Advent and Christmas Services and Events

 

In addition to our regular Sunday morning services, we have a number of special services and beautiful musical programs over the Christmas season. Please join us!

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Saturday, December 8, 2:00 pm
City Carol Sing
Our annual Christmas fundraising concert for the Churches on-the-Hill Food Bank, in collaboration with Citytv. This year our special guests include Alex Pangman and her Alley Cats, Kevin Frankish as our host, and the Hog Town Brass.

Featuring: VIVA! Youth Singers of Toronto, That Choir, The Hedgerow Singers and The Yorkminster Park Baptist Church Choir

FREE Admission. A collection will be taken for the Churches on-the-Hill Food Bank

The concert will be recorded for a one-hour special that will air on CityTV through the holiday season. 

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Sunday, December 9 - Advent 2
11:00am - 
Morning Worship - White Gift & Children's Mission Donations collected
7:00pm - Evening Worship  

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Saturday, December 15, 11:00am
Service of Comfort and Hope
The Christmas season can be difficult and challenging for many of us, especially if we have experienced grief and loss in the past year, or if we are going through significant life transitions. This service is a time to remember loved ones, yet also to acknowledge other losses and changes in our lives. For some, this service is special because it offers a little time to slow down for some reflection in the midst of this busy season. We will hold our annual Comfort and Hope Service in the chapel, followed by a light luncheon in the Friendship Room. So whatever your reason for coming, everyone is welcome.  

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Sunday, December 16 - Advent 3
11:00am - Morning Worship
4:30pm - Carols by Candlelight
- A traditional candlelight choral presentation featuring choirs and musicians of Yorkminster Park.

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Friday, December 21, 7:00pm
John McDermott Family Christmas
Fundraising Christmas Concert featuring John McDermott with special guests DALA  in support of McNally House Hospice and Yorkminster Park Baptist Church.

Tickets $25.00 available: 
• online at EventBrite
• from the church office, call 416-949-9211
• or at the Door. 

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Sunday, December 23 - Advent 4
11:00am - Morning Worship
4:30pm - Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols
- A service of singing and readings, following the historic tradition of King's College in Cambridge.

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Monday, December 24, 4:00pm - Christmas EVE
Bethlehem on Yonge St. Family Service
Live Nativity with animals, outdoors in the park at Yorkminster Park followed by hot chocolate and Christmas treats indoors. Bundle up to travel back in time and visit the Stations of the Nativity on the church grounds and meet the characters of the first Christmas along with their entourage of Christmas animals. Once you have visited the stations of the nativity, you will be welcomed in to Cameron Hall for hot chocolate and Christmas music. 

Guided tours of the stations begin at 4 p.m. and continue to be offered until 5:30. Allow 40 minutes for tour and hot chocolate and be sure to bring the children.

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Monday, December 24, 11:00pm
Christmas Eve Candlelight Service
A community of faith gathers together to recognize the light of Christ delivered as a little baby so long ago, and to share the light of Christ with each other and then take it into the world. It is a wonderful metaphor of the Christian walk that is incredibly renewing and unifying. At midnight the flame from the Christ Candle will be shared as the congregation sings Silent Night. The service will end shortly after midnight.

We are honoured to welcome R H Thomson CM, as our reader. RH is a legendary award winning Canadian actor who has starred in countless productions on stage, film and screen.

We are also honoured to welcome tenor Richard Margison CM, as our soloist. Richard is one of the most critically acclaimed opera voices Canada has produced. Richard has performed regularly as a principal artist over the past three decades in all of the worlds leading opera houses at home and abroad.

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Tuesday, December 25, 11:00am
Christmas Day Communion
- A quiet service with the Sacrament of Holy Communion. The service will end by noon.
No evening service on Christmas Day.

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Sunday, December 30
11:00am - Morning Worship
No Evening Serivce 

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Monday, December 31, 11:15pm
Watchnight Service - A watchnight service is a late-night Christian church service. It is held late on New Year's Eve, and ends after midnight. This provides the opportunity for Christians to review the year that has passed and make confession, and then prepare for the year ahead by making new commitments. There is a deep sense of blessing for many that they have begun a new year with their sisters and brothers of the Christian family in God's house. 

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