Live Nativity and Community Chili Dinner

On Saturday, December 2, following the Nokesville Christmas Parade (which begins at 4 pm), gather on the church lawn at 5 pm for the telling of the Christmas story, complete with choir singing Christmas carols, children re-enacting the story, and live animals. We’ll finish with a candlelighting.

Then, gather inside for the Community Chili Dinner. $5.00/person donation (children 12 & under are free). All proceeds benefit the Nokesville School lunch program and the Community Blessings Box.

Free horse-drawn carriage rides leave from the church all evening.

For those wishing to participate as volunteers:
All are welcome to sing in the choir during the Live Nativity.  Come to the choir room at 4:45 to get your caroling booklet.  We also need desserts (which you can drop by any time after 9 am on Saturday) and help setting up tables and chairs at 9am Sat. morning.

For those wishing to help decorate tables and prepare to serve food, please arrive at 3 pm.  Contact Jeannette with questions.  Many hands make light work, and this is a fun event with the community.

Family Christmas Eve Service

All are welcome for a meaningful service as we celebrate the birth of Christ on Monday, December 24 at 7:00 pm! We will sing carols, hear the traditional story presented in the Gospel of Luke, Chapter 2 (from the Shepherds’ point of view) and conclude the service with singing Silent Night by candlelight.

Communion will be served, the Children’s Choir will sing, and the bell choir will play. We will also be taking up a love offering to benefit those devastated by the California wildfires among others.

From our family to yours – may you be blessed by the love of Christ this Christmas.

Mid-Atlantic District Conference at Manassas CoB

Each year, the 60+ churches that comprise the Mid-Atlantic District of the Church of the Brethren gather to worship, fellowship and conduct business.  This year’s conference is Friday and Saturday, October 12 & 13 at Manassas CoB.

Worship is Friday evening at 7:30 PM, and Rev. Dr. Dawn Ottoni-Wilhelm will be preaching.  Dawn is the professor of preaching and worship at Bethany Theological Seminary, and also serves as the President of Societas Homiletica, the international association of preaching.  This is a wonderful opportunity – close to home – to worship with the wider body.  Plan to attend!

Join us for Love Feast – Sunday, Oct. 14

One of the defining traditions of the Church of the Brethren is it’s twice a year celebration of Love Feast. This year, the service is Sunday, October 14 at 7 PM.  During Love Feast, we gather to sing and eat and serve one another. It is one of the most meaningful rituals we have, and many other churches “borrow” our tradition because it is so lovely.  Pastor Angela wants to focus on the celebratory aspect of Love Feast and will be using a Prodigal Son theme for this service.

This is not a carry-in meal – a very simple spread is provided. All are welcome, but if you’ve never attended a Love Feast before, you are especially welcomed. You may participate in as many of the elements as you feel comfortable, and simply observe the rest. No one is keeping track!

Make it a priority to come and deepen your relationship with your church family and with God.

Wave of Light Service

Nokesville Church of the Brethren is hosting a Wave of Light service on Monday, October 15 at 7 pm. All are welcome to attend.

Founded in 2003, the Wave of Light service provides a space for baby loss families, friends and loved ones from around the world to join in honor and remembrance of their loved and longed for babies.

As each timezone lights and keeps their candles burning for an hour, there is a continuous chain of light that spans the globe in memory of all children who pass away during pregnancy and in infancy.

Out of respect for our grieving families, nursery care is available for children ages birth – 3.