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2023 Seasonal Events and Services with the Vancouver Unitarians

This page will continue to be updated on an ongoing basis as more details are made available. Happy Holidays!

Sunday, December 3, 11:00 am – How the Unitarians Created Christmas”

In this service, Rev. Shawn will highlight the many ways that Unitarians and Unitarian Universalists have given shape to what we know as Christmas. 

Sunday, December 3, 2:30 pm – Singing the Season with the Chalice Choir

Please join the Chalice Choir for a lovely afternoon of music! Reception to follow. Tickets are $20 and are available at the door  (please note: no one will be turned away for lack of funds!)

Sunday, December 10, 11:00 am – Light One Candle”

This service, led by Rev. Shawn, will seek to honour Chanukah, while also lifting up International Human Rights Day. 

Saturday, December 16, 5 to 8 pm – Winter Community Potluck

Join us for a Winter Potluck and celebrate the season with the Vancouver Unitarians! All are welcome. Please bring something yummy to share if you are able.

Sunday, December 17, 10 am to 2 pm; 6:30 – 9 pm – Holiday Craft Fair

Come find quality hand-made gifts and help support our Green Fund. Look for artisans selling cards, pottery, jewellery, knitted sweaters and scarves, hand-painted silk scarves, photos, honey, candles, and some surprises.

Sunday, December 17, 11:00 am – “Winter Pageant: “Hearts Full of Love”

In this intergenerational service, Kiersten, Rev. Shawn, and a cast of budding thespians from our Religious Education program and beyond, will revisit the nativity story and its lessons of love, care, and belonging that still hold meaning for us today.

Sunday, December 17, 7:30 pm – Candlelight Ceremony

A contemplative, candlelight service to celebrate the season of lights, with readings and music honouring many different traditions. 

Wednesday, December 20, 6:30 pm – Winter Solstice Yule Ritual and Celebration

You are invited to attend a celebration of Yule, or Winter Solstice, in the Hewett Centre.

 Sunday, December 24, 11:00 am – Christmas Eve Morning

This morning, the Sanctuary will be open for quiet contemplation and meditation. Our hope is to offer a still point at this busy time of year. At the same time, in the Hall, there will be carols, conversation, and seasonal treats for all. 

Sunday, December 24, 7:00 pm – Christmas Eve Candlelight Service

An evening of candlelight and carols, along with seasonal readings and reflections on the meaning of Christmas in our lives. Rev. Shawn’s sermon is titled: “Magnum Mysterium.”

Sunday, December 31, 11:00 am – Fire Communion Service

Our annual fire ritual to mark the turning of the year. As we bid farewell to 2023 and turn to the year ahead, we contemplate what we wish to relinquish to the past and what we wish to carry with us into the future. Rev. Shawn’s sermon is titled: “Spending Our Fire”.