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Lessons & Carols

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590 West Avon Road

Avon, CT 06001

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You're invited to a worship service featuring traditional Christmas music and Scripture readings (no sermon), an event suitable for Valley attenders and guests! “A Thrill of Hope” will feature a full orchestra, choirs, handbells, and your voices. There will be two services on Sunday, December 15, 4 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.

Two important notes about ticketing: Tickets are free, but there is a limit of five tickets per email address. Please note that you MUST arrive at least 15 minutes before the start of the service to guarantee a seat in the Sanctuary. If you arrive after that point, you may be seated in The Venue, where we hold weekly worship services. Here you would enjoy large screens and excellent sound.

We're asking each family in attendance to bring a bag of food as an act of worship, to be placed under a tree before you enter the Sanctuary. Food will be donated to Gifts of Love, serving the needy in our community this Christmas. Here are the food items as requested by Gifts of Love:

  • Canned Fruits

  • Canned Vegetables

  • Juice Boxes

  • Boxed Cereals

  • Tuna Fish

  • Pasta

  • Soup

  • Baking Supplies (sugar, flour, etc.)

  • Coffee

  • Jelly (plastic bottles if possible)

  • Toiletries (shampoo/deodorant/soap)


Q: Why do we need to arrive at least 15 minutes before the start of the service if we already have tickets?

A: Because at 15 minutes before the start of each service, we will open the doors to people without tickets. We want as many people as possible to participate in this worship experience and want to ensure that no seat is unfilled. With your entire party arriving before 3:45 p.m. or 6:15 p.m., your ticket will guarantee your seat. "Saving seats" will not be allowed. We thank you for your consideration.

Q: What kind of service is Lessons & Carols?

A: It's a worship service consisting of both choral and congregational music, Scripture readings, and instrumental pieces. Lessons and Carols is our special Christmas event for 2019.

Q: What's a "lesson"?

A: Lessons are Bible readings that present the promises of God to send a Savior who would fulfill those promises.

Q: Is this a concert or a worship service?

A: It is primarily a worship service, including congregational singing of Christmas carols.

Q: Can anyone attend, or do you have to be a member of your church?

A: Anyone can attend! We welcome all guests.

Q: How long is the service?

A: Approximately 90 minutes.

Q: Is there a reception afterward?

A: No.

Q; Do I need a ticket?

A: Yes, but they are free. Each email address is limited to five tickets. We are encouraging people to donate food items for Gifts of Love, a Valley Outreach partner that provides food and goods for the needy in our community. Food bags are available at the Reception Desk, but you can fill any bag and bring it with you to the service.

Q: Is Lessons & Carols child-friendly?

A: It depends on the child's age and attention span. Parents need to determine whether their child can sit through approximately 90 minutes of music and Scripture readings.

Q: Is it too late to participate in Lessons & Carols?

A: Yes, rehearsals have been under way for a while and it would be difficult to accommodate new participants at this point.

Q: Is childcare provided?

A: No.


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