Christmas Events 2017 at Tacoma’s First Presbyterian Church

Join us as we celebrate the real meaning of Christmas at Tacoma’s First Presbyterian Church this year. We have a series of wonderful events for the entire family. Whatever your background, and whatever is happening in your life right now, you are welcome here!
In addition to these events, be sure to stop by our Church Library in Fellowship Hall on Sunday mornings before and after the service for a great selection of Christmas books and DVDs for kids and adults.

Sunday, December 3

Family U: “Creating Family Traditions” (9:15 am)

Advent Communion and Worship (10:30 am)

Mark the first Sunday of Advent with Holy Communion plus the FPC-premiere of an original choral work by our music director Dr. Daniel Perrin, “So Wonderful!” Daniel will also share the story that led him to write this amazing and joyous piece. During Communion, we be singing “Christmas Joy,” an Advent carol written by member Terry Estvold and led by Connie Connally on the guitar. You won’t want to miss this start to the Advent season! Pastor Eric will be preaching a special sermon series during Advent drawn from the book of Isaiah.

Sunday, December 10

FREE Christmas Play: “Improv in a Pear Tree” (9:00 am, Fellowship Hall)

Join us for a free performance of a Christmas play by Taproot Theatre Company during the Sunday School hour on Dec. 10, starting at 9:00 am. Going home for the holidays is a special sort of adventure full of road trips, family traditions and the crazy characters we call friends and family. This year, Taproot’s Improv Team is bringing you the story of a pair of newlyweds sharing their first Christmas. Using suggestions from the audience, the actors create the characters, traditions and circumstances to create a hilarious and unexpected holiday story you won’t forget. No two performances are the same! Improv in a Pear Tree is written by Emily Shuel and directed by Danny Walter.

Christmas Worship with Dickens Carolers (10:25 am)

Come to worship early and hear the Dickens Carolers present a selection of carols throughout our worship service, starting before the service at 10:25 am. The Dickens Carolers are a quartet dressed for the season in the garb of Victorian London.

A Celebration of Carols Concert (6:00 pm, Sanctuary)

Sing your favorite Christmas carols accompanied by an 18-piece orchestra, handbell choir, vocal choir, plus an organ with 3,000 pipes! Back by popular demand, this carol concert combines congregational singing with special music by soloists, our Chancel Choir, and our Lindsey Bell Choir. A Christmas reception with hot cider and hot chocolate follows in the Sanctuary.

Sunday, December 17

Children’s Christmas Pageant (10:30 am, Sanctuary)

Experience the Christmas season through the eyes of our children as they present their annual Christmas pageant through songs and readings in the midst of our Sunday worship service.

Monday, December 18

Christmas Friendship Luncheon (12:00 pm)

Join us for a delicious luncheon for those age 55+

Sunday, December 24

Advent Worship (10:30 am, Sanctuary)

Join us for worship on the final Sunday of Advent as we prepare our hearts for Christmas.

Christmas Eve Candlelight Service (7:00 pm, Sanctuary)

Don’t miss this Tacoma-area tradition featuring Chancel Choir, soloists, instrumentalists, pipe organ, and hundreds of candles in the cathedral-like sanctuary of First Presbyterian Tacoma. This is one of the highlights of the entire year!