Nov. 1 - Dec. 6
The White’s Chapel annual Angel Tree Forest will once again adorn the corridors beginning November 1. Each tree will represent angels from specific groups in crisis, allowing people to focus on a particular area of outreach that they are passionate about. A new online component will be added this year to accommodate those not able to physically come to the church to select an ‘angel.’
This event, running until Dec. 6, allows people to participate in a donation experience that is unique to White’s Chapel and has been a beloved, long-standing tradition here for about 15 years. Families and individuals are encouraged to participate in this year’s event by adopting an angel, purchasing the items listed and returning them to the church. A typical angel tag will list one clothing item, one ‘want’ and one ‘need’ to purchase with costs ranging from $25-30 per angel. The number of items on each angel may vary. Participants can also donate to the event, volunteer to sort gifts or deliver donated items to people in need this holiday season.
The church partners with many different organizations in order to provide for those in crisis. Many of the organizations that have been represented in the Angel Forest include individuals from: O.H. Stowe Elementary of Birdville ISD, Van Zandt-Guinn Elementary of Fort Worth ISD, Grapevine Housing, the Presbyterian Night Shelter, the Patriot House (which serves veterans), and military families received through our military ministry. Families in crisis are also included and represent those that are currently in shelters or involved with local children’s agencies. Gift cards from Target and Walmart will also be accepted. Lists are currently being received.
Those interested in sorting or delivering gifts can sign up at the Missions desk, located in the concourse area. Individuals can also email Martha Reukema or Bridget Davis for more information.
Follow the Star
A Drive-Thru Journey to the Manger
Dec. 3 & 4 | 5:30 to 8 p.m.
Adults and kids of all ages will delight in the sights and sounds of the Christmas journey. Join White’s Chapel for this drive-thru experience featuring live actors, animals and all the excitement of that special night in Bethlehem. Narrated by our very own Pastor John McKellar, this drive-thru is sure to evoke joy as participants focus on the true message of Christmas!
The Lights of Christmas
Dec. 6 - Jan. 1 | Each night from 6 to 8 p.m.
Because 2020 has been a year for the record books, the church wants to offer an opportunity for people to experience the joy of the season. During the “The Lights of Christmas” event, community members will be able to drive through the lighted pathway throughout the campus. Participants will enter off Pine St., through lighted arches, drive by the pond, and up to the sacred space surrounding the nativity scene. The live nativity will be available every evening through Dec. 23, from 7 to 8 p.m.
In addition, the historic Walton Chapel (formerly known as Founders Chapel) will be open. People may enter the chapel and experience Christmas as it would have been in 1871. While in Walton Chapel, one can listen to a brief history of the “little chapel” that weathered many tribulations and the faith of the people that brought it forward. Weather permitting, one might also want to park and visit Spell Chapel. Our prayer labyrinth will be available as well so people can walk through the thoughtful pathway. Our candy cane hut by the pond will provide a great spot to take a photo among the lights.
Families will also be able to join in the fun with the WC Trains, which will be open nightly during these hours. This is a time when our families, friends and neighbors can take a few moments to experience the joy and excitement of the Christmas season. Registration is not required for this event; anyone is welcome to attend.
Dec. 6 - Jan. 3 | The Bridge
All aboard! The WC Trains are returning to the church! This year, the display will be in a new location and feature new, exciting elements. Be sure to stop by to experience the after-dark lighting and the featured venues represented in this year's layout. Register for your 'ticket' either online or in person, before visiting the display. Registration is required to ensure safe social distancing practices. As people arrive, they will need to visit the Check-In Booth before entering the 'train station.' This opportunity is available at no cost.
Complete schedule (dates and times each day) and to get tickets for the trains:
Carols, Cookies & Cocoa
Tuesday, Dec. 15 | 6 p.m. | Sanctuary
The annual Carols, Cookies and Cocoa service is a family-friendly event for “kids from one to ninety-two.” We’ll sing all of your Christmas favorites, and we’ll have special guests to help everyone feel the spirit of Christmas. This year, the service will be held in the sanctuary to allow for social distancing. We will only spread Christmas cheer! We are asking families to register online so we are able to maintain safe social distancing practices. Registration is available on the church website; this is a free event and open to everyone.
Service of Remembrance
Wednesday, Dec. 16 | 6 to 7 p.m. | White's Chapel Sanctuary
At Christmas, we celebrate the arrival of Emmanuel, God-with- us, Jesus Christ, the Light of the world. The great mystery of the Incarnation, the union of divinity with humanity in Jesus Christ, is that God became human in Jesus so that all human flesh could be clothed with divine life. Our lives are fragile and destined to death. But since God, through Jesus, shared in our fragile and mortal lives, death no longer has the final word. Life has become victorious. The light of the arrival of the Christ child pierces the darkness of our world to offer each of us salvation and hope.
We come together to witness to and celebrate that light and hope at our Service of Remembrance on Wednesday, Dec. 16, at 6 p.m. in the sanctuary. This annual service has been designed to offer those who have experienced the death loss of a loved one in the past a reminder of the victorious light of Christ during a season when the darkness of grief over their loss may feel overwhelming.
This year, with COVID-19 precautions in place, we are asking those attending in person or online to register for the service online. When you register, you can provide up to five names of loved ones you’d like read aloud during the service. Additionally, you will be asked to provide your name and telephone number. You must submit your request no later Tuesday, Dec. 15, at noon. If the online registration is not possible, please call the church office.
The Service of Remembrance is a special time offered by the Stephen Ministry of White’s Chapel. Stephen Ministers are trained lay people who seek to provide one-to-one Christian caregiving with people facing challenging life situations in a non-judgmental, private, and confidential manner. Stephen Ministers journey one-on-one with those facing a variety of difficult life situations, including: divorce, grief, job loss, illness, death, uncertainty, family problems, anxiety, or other challenges.
For any questions contact Dianne Will | email@example.com
Polar Express Night
Dec. 18 | 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Families are invited to join us for a Polar Express Christmas experience for children of all ages. Come in your jammies, bring your blankets and pillows, and enjoy this fun Christmas movie in your own family section of Evans Hall. The event is free; however, registration is required to maintain social distancing.
Masks will be required for everyone 2 years old and up. Refreshments will be served, but families are invited to bring their own snacks as well. Families may sign up to visit the trains in the Bridge either before or after the movie. Contact Michelle Tempesta for more information.