St. Giles News
4 December 2019
Keith's Inkling
December Eve Service & Kids Clubhouse Production
Join us for the annual decorating of the Chrismon Tree and the Kids' Clubhouse Players Christmas production! A delightful evening of dinner and festivities. You won't want to miss this year's production by the Kids' Clubhouse Player -- the joyful musical, Flower of the Holy Night !
After tonight, there are no more Wednesday dinners or classes scheduled through the end of the year. Wednesday Night Dinner and Classes start up again on January 8.
This Sunday at St. Giles
Sunday, December 8
Second Sunday of Advent
9:10 AM - Prayer (Prayer Room)
9:30 AM - Traditional Worship (Sanctuary )
9:30 AM- Adult Discipleship (Robins Room)
10:30 AM - Coffee & Fellowship (Common Grounds)
11 AM - Contemporary Worship (Patterson)
11 AM - Adult Discipleship (Upstairs Classroom)

December 6
We gather the first Friday of every month in Patterson from 7-8 PM. Come join us as we lift up songs of praise and follow the Spirit’s lead!

Men's Ministry
Property Team Meeting
Tuesday, 12/10 @ 5 PM
The Property Team will meet next Tuesday, December 10 at 5 PM. Are you a fixer-upper/tool guy? Know your way around power tools and enjoy doing small repairs? Join us in the conference room (located in the pastor's suite) next Tuesday and Let's Talk.
Men’s Friday Gathering Pauses Till the New Year
Our weekly sunrise gathering of guys on Fridays will hit the pause button till January 10. The weekly discussion of parables will pick back up on January 10, at 6:30 a.m. Mark it down and set an early alarm!

Christmas at St. Giles
STEP Christmas Store
December 4 - DUE TODAY
STEP is collecting donations of new, unwrapped children's gifts with original purchase price intact. Donations needed by Dec. 4 at Calhoun Center, 436 Calhoun St. (or bring to church office).
Fresh Wreath Making Workshop THIS SATURDAY
December 7, 10 AM - 12 PM
Join us THIS SATURDAY as Sue Mondeau from leads us in a wreath making workshop. Fresh greenery is provided from Tom Garnett's farm. Bring a wreath form (grapevine or metal), wired ribbon for your bow, and gloves for handling prickly greenery. Sue will provide paddle wire and clippers. If you haven't signed up, there's still time, call Patience in the church office at 282-9763. (There is no cost for this event).
Bake Cookies for Foster Families' "Cookie Decorating Station"
We are joining a coalition of churches to bring HOLIDAY CHEER to local kids by hosting a party with gifts & activity stations. If you'd like to bake cookies for the Cookie Decorating Station, let Brittany know. We need 500 PLAIN cookies delivered to the church by 12/12. Details here. Email Brittany to sign up here .
December 24
5 PM - Family Worship Service
10 PM - Candlelight Communion Service

Dec. 21 -- 5 PM

Bundle up the Kiddos and Grands! Grab a flashlight and Join Us! Cocoa & Cookies after Caroling
Cookies for Cocoa Cookies & Carols - STARTS NOW
While you baking your BUTTERY, SPARKLY, SUGARY Christmas Cookies, why not bake an extra batch or two to share with our with our annual Cocoa Cookies & Carols crew on Saturday night, 12/21 . Bring to the church house anytime, BUT BE SURE TO MARK THEM "CAROLING."
Gather. Create. Make.
Make Studio
Christmas Open House
December 14, 2-5 PM
Stop in throughout the day to create a gift , sip some hot chocolate or apple cider, shop vendors and MAKE!
Create hand made gifts for teachers, stocking stuffers,
“hard to buy for” people and unique gifts!

It's That Time of Year!
Poinsettias will once again grace the Chancel of the sanctuary for Christmas. Locally grown large-bloom pots are $11 and will be ordered Monday, December 9.
Sign up on the Connection Card, along with sentiment. Pots are yours to pick up after service Christmas Eve.
2019 Advent Devotional
Pick Up Yours Now
Richard Haney of Frontier Fellowship has kindly made available to our St. Giles family his 2019 Advent Devotional. Follow along and explore some of the names of Jesus found throughout scripture, celebrating His embodiment of God’s grace that ushered in the dawn of a new Kingdom.  Copies are located in the Narthex and around the Church House.
St. Giles Women
Coffee Koinonia
Takes a Holiday Break
Coffee Koinonia (Mondays at Stony Point Panera) will take a break through the holidays. We'll re-start on January 6th for any of you ladies who want to drop in for coffee and fellowship at 3:15!
Glorious Christmas Nights
December 15, 2:30 PM
Ladies of the church this is for you. We have a few tickets to the West End Assembly of God's production, "Glorious Christmas Nights", for Sunday, December 15, at 2:30 p.m. Tickets are $20. Several ladies from St. Giles are going. We'll return to church for a Christmas party at 5:00. If interested contact the church office. These tickets will go fast.
Women's Christmas Party
December 15, 5 PM
Please bring trays of sweets and savories to the Christmas Party, at 5 PM, following the play. Contact Betsy Johnson and let her know what you're bringing, at
ALSO -- at 4 PM , Betsy could use some help setting up & cleaning up . Let her know if you can come early and/or stay a few minutes late.
First Thursday Book Club
December 5 - Crossroads
Join us at book club for a different kind of discussion. Sharing themes from special children's stories, as well as Christmas stories and poems will be a delightful way to begin Advent. At Crossroads Coffee (3600 Forest Hill Avenue, RVA.)
Tuesday, December 10
The Christmas Candle
Join us December 10, 10 a.m. for a festive showing of Max Lucado's The Christmas Candle and holiday refreshments.

Grace Circle
Thursdays 10:30 AM

Designed for women to connect and do life together in a small group setting. Hosted by Alycia Greene and Heather Agnello. Meets in Man Cave. To request childcare, contact Heather at
Adult Discipleship
Sunday Morning Classes
The Nativity - A Study
Sunday morning classes for both 9:30 AM (Robins Rm) and 11 AM (Upstairs clsrm) will be character studies from the Nativity story through December 15. No classes December 22 or 29 , when services are unified.  There are no Wednesday night classes this month.
Student Ministry
Joint Youth Group Christmas Party - 12/13
Youth Group Christmas Party for Christ Pres, Community West and St. Giles Youth and friends. For details, Link to Facebook page here
Faith, Fun & Fellowship
Monday Morning Prayer for RVA, 6:30 AM
Join us Monday mornings in the Prayer Room from 6:30 to 7:15 AM for prayer focused on Metro Richmond.
God guides us as we cover our city in prayer. What an incredible blessing:
starting the week by praying for others and soaking in the Lord’s presence! 
Come join in.
(Photo: Bill Draper Photography)
Children's Preschool
Children's Garden Preschool Now Hiring Part-Time Lead Teacher
Children's Garden Preschool is looking for a 5 day lead teacher for the older two's and younger three's class. This is a part time position. (Monday-Friday 8:30-12:30) Applicants need to have a 4 year degree to apply. Please contact Susan Chester at   if interested.
Kids & Family
Join us TONIGHT -- Wednesday, December 4 for our 6:30 PM performance! A special feature of our annual December Eve festivities.

RVA Community
Metro Richmond Pregnancy Resource Center Training
Tell your family and friends that hold a Biblical worldview of life and have a desire to compassionately serve people who may be unprepared for pregnancy, about the Volunteer Training class being held February 13-March 26, on Thursdays. Morning and evening classes are offered. They may contact Julie at 804-673-2020 or for more information.
Live-Streaming Bible Study and Worship

One of our newer ministries is live streaming our worship services and some of our classes. If you’d like to check it out, use this link to our YouTube channel. We’re doing it simply – no fancy sound or cameras. But works to bring you the basics. If you don’t click on during the actual live stream hours, Sundays at 9:30 or 11:00, know that the videos are saved on our YouTube channel page, along with Pastor Keith’s video blogs. Find us at: