Worship at the Advent
Our family of faith gathers for worship services on Sunday mornings and Thursday mornings, at our church in downtown Birmingham. Our Sunday morning services take place at 7:30, 9:15, and 11:15 a.m. in the Nave (our primary worship space). The 9:15 a.m. services features music led by Advent Birmingham, a group of musicians who use modern instruments. The 11:15 a.m. services features sacred music led by the Cathedral Choir.
Our livestream is also available for both services at AdventBirmingham.org/Live.
All our services have a sermon preached by Advent clergy and staff. Most services at the Advent typically last about an hour.
On Sunday mornings, metered parking on the streets around our downtown building is free. Please use any open space. We are grateful to have complimentary parking available to us in the Financial Center tower on Sunday mornings, accessible on Fifth Avenue North, midway between Twentieth Street and Richard Arrington Junior Boulevard. If you park in the parking garage, enter the Advent across the alley (look for the purple Welcome sign by the door).
Our historic downtown church building has grown alongside the City of Birmingham. Over the years, we have added a number of entrances. On Twentieth Street, enter through our large wooden doors directly into the Nave. On Sixth Avenue, enter through the walkway by our Bookstore sign, or through the entrance under the awning at the corner of Sixth Avenue North and Richard Arrington Junior Boulevard.
You are always welcome at the Advent regardless of how you dress. We also understand that to feel comfortable in a new environment it is helpful to understand what others wear in that context. Many Adventers choose to wear jackets and dresses to the morning services held in the Nave, giving these services a “dressed up” feeling. This concept extends to most of our Christmas and Easter services. Many who attend our Refectory, 5:00 p.m., and Tuesday morning services choose to wear less formal attire.
We are committed to providing a safe and welcoming environment where children experience the love of Christ and grow in his word and gospel. Our nursery is currently available for toddlers over 18 months during the 9:15 a.m. and 11:15 a.m. worship services on Sundays. Children ages 3K through third grade attend Sunday school during the worship service. Fourth, fifth, and sixth graders attend the full worship service and have Sunday school available between the two services from 10:15-11:00 a.m.
On Sunday mornings at 10:15, adults are welcome to attend one of a number of Sunday school classes led by faithful and gifted teachers with a heart for the gospel. Class schedules are posted each week on our social media pages and in our Adventurer newsletter. Recordings of many of our classes are available on our Audio page.
If you have questions about your visit to the Advent that are not answered above, please email us at Advent@CathedralAdvent.com.