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Christmas: Frequently Asked Questions

Christmas Services

We look forward to worshipping with you this Christmas, we hope you will find this FAQ regarding our week of services helpful.  Please refer back to this page for updates. 

As with many things related to Covid, we are proceeding while also remaining flexible.  Please keep watching AdventBirmingham.org/Worship for updates, including situations where we may have to cancel services.

When will Christmas Eve service be held? 

We have scheduled six services of Holy Communion and a Family Service for the week of Christmas. Dean Pearson will preach all of the services, except for the Family Service, where Cameron Cole will preach. 

  • Monday, December 21, 5:30 p.m.: Holy Communion (Organ and Choir led)
  • Tuesday, December 22, 5:30 p.m.: Holy Communion (Organ and Choir led)
  • Wednesday, December 23
    • 5:30 p.m.: Holy Communion (Band led)
    • 8:00 p.m.: Holy Communion (Organ and Choir led)
  • Thursday, December 24
  • Friday, December 25, 10:00 a.m.: A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols — steaming only, no in-person congregation

Will attendance be limited? 

Yes – we will limit attendance at each service to 160.

Do I need to sign up?

Yes – please register at AdventBirmingham.org/Worship. We will have separate sign-up lists for each service to avoid having an unsafe number of people coming, and so we can email everyone who registers with last-minute information, if necessary.

When can I register?

Registration for the services and adult classes will open Thursday morning, December 10, at 9:00 a.m.

What about social distancing?

Households may sit together, of course. If you are coming as a larger, extended family, please be aware that we may need to arrange your family into two pews, so that appropriate distances between households can be maintained throughout the Nave. 

What will seating be like?

Ushers will be actively assisting you, showing you an appropriate pew. Every other pew will be closed, marked with a card providing that clear instruction. To maintain proper distance among our pews, you (and your household) will be seated by approaching an open and suitable pew from any aisle (either of the side aisles, or from the center aisle).

What about masks?

Everyone is required to wear a mask. Those who are leading the services will not wear a mask when they are speaking. 

How should we enter and exit the Nave?

Please enter and exit the Nave through the double-doors that open onto the 20th Street steps at the rear of the Nave. 

Where should we park?

Parking will be available in our Day School’s lot at the corner of Fifth Avenue and Richard Arrington, in the Financial Center Parking Deck, and curbside along adjacent streets. 

Will we be singing?

Yes. With our limited numbers, by wearing masks, and with maintenance of distance between one another, we will sing as a congregation. 

What other precautions will we be taking?

Unfortunately, we will not have coffee, water, or other refreshments available before or between services. We hope everyone will greet one another warmly, but without handshakes, hugs, or other contact. Ushers and greeters will be taking extra precautions as they hand out our bulletins and provide assistance. 

Will a live-stream be provided? 

Absolutely. We will livestream both services only Thursday, December 24. Anyone who cannot be there may go to AdventBirmingham.org/Live at 5:30p.m. and 8:00p.m. to watch. Watching online will remain a good or the only option for many in our congregation, especially given our restrictions on numbers.

What if I am uneasy about coming? 

While many of us are eager to get back together, we do not want anyone to come if they feel uneasy. If you are ill, are among those who are more at-risk regarding the virus, or have concerns about not being able to maintain proper distancing, we hope you will continue to watch our streamed service online.

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