I wonder what was on your Christmas wish list as a child? Advent anticipates Jesus, our Messiah and Savior. This year we reconnect with the original Christmas wish list – the promises God made to be fulfilled when the Messiah returns.

Join us as we look back at the promises of God fulfilled in Christ and forward to the gift of Jesus’ return.

Scroll below or click on the Advent week tag to see what is happening during Advent at West Side.

1st Week of Advent
2nd Week of Advent
3rd Week of Advent
4th Week of Advent
Christmas
Eve
1st Sunday of Christmas

Between Services November 28-December 19
Each Sunday in Advent we’re making room to gather – to bless others and rejoice in Jesus’ birth. Stay 15 minutes longer or come 15 minutes early to join the advent activities in Howell. We’ll make room for gathering by shifting the start time of the 10:30 service to 10:45 beginning November 28.

Advent Daily Devotionals are back!

Pick up an Advent Daily Devotional from the church beginning Sunday, November 21, or from the plastic box by the main entrance to the church building. Would you like a pdf copy instead? Email [email protected].

First Sunday in Advent
All I want for Christmas is… Justice

November 28, between services, Howell Auditorium

To our college students… "We love you. We miss you. We are praying for you."
Our college students are important to us and we want to stay in touch and show them our love during their finals week by sending care packages. We are inviting the congregation to assemble boxes and write notes of encouragement to our students between services.

November 28, 11:45am-1:00pm

SPECIAL EVENT! Hanging of the Greens
Come lend a hand after the second service on the first Sunday in Advent to help decorate the sanctuary for the Advent and Christmas seasons!

Second Sunday in Advent
All I want for Christmas is… Love

December 5, Between services, Howell Auditorium

We have two opportunities to bless our city:
Angel Tree (Prison Fellowship) and Westside Interfaith Network (WIN)

Find out all the details on our Advent Serve Page.

December 5, 6:30-8:30pm

SPECIAL EVENT! Merry Christmas Caroling Party
Let's spread some Christmas cheer around West Seattle Island! We'll meet at the Brenner's for bonfire, cookies and cocoa beforehand and then do some neighborhood caroling. Dress for the weather and wear comfortable shoes for some light walking. Only skill required is enthusiasm! Join us!

Third Sunday in Advent
All I want for Christmas is… Joy

December 12, Between services, Howell Auditorium

Christmas Greetings!
Addressed cards will be available for us to add messages of care and greetings for our members and friends that haven’t been with us in person since we had to close for worship at the beginning of the pandemic. Come send a note of cheer! (Hosted by your Deacons)

Fourth Sunday in Advent
All I want for Christmas is… Homecoming

December 19, 9:00am, all ages

Lessons and Carols (Combined Worship Service)
The Sunday before Christmas we will combine for one special morning worship service of Lessons and Carols. Join us afterwards for our Welcome Home party!

December 19, 10:15am

WELCOME HOME! A Congregation Wide Party & “Spark Joy” White Elephant Gift Exchange
Let’s do something fun & silly to spread the joy of being with each other – like a White Elephant Gift Exchange! Bring a gift that sparks joy in you (a joyful re-gift or new gift of no more than $10-$15 dollars please). If you can’t bring a gift, no problem… still come! We’ll have Christmas drinks and cookies in the courtyard!
PARENTS & GRANDPARENTS — There will be a separate gift exchange for kids so you can bring age-appropriate gifts if children are participating as well.

Christmas Eve
All I want for Christmas is… Peace

December 24, 5:00pm (in-person only)

Christmas Eve Children’s Service
Join us for family worship and our “on the spot” Nativity. Children will receive their costume and part on arrival in worship as all of us participate in the retelling of the Christmas story.

December 24, 8:00pm (in-person & online)

Christmas Eve Candlelight Service
We will gather in person and Livestream to worship in a traditional candlelight service.

First Sunday of Christmas
All I want for Christmas is… Wonder

December 26, 9am (in-person) or pre-recorded online

SPECIAL BOXING DAY WORSHIP: “Unboxed” Worship
The day after Christmas is traditionally “boxing day.” You’re invited to worship at home online in your own time with a special pre-recorded Sunday worship. For those who prefer to gather in person we will have one morning worship service at 9:00am featuring a traditional carol sing. Kids are welcome to show up in their Christmas pj’s!