Advent is a season of eager waiting and detailed preparation for a person or event of great importance. Was there any greater person to expect than a savior of the world? Every year, Christians celebrate the Advent of the first coming of Christ. The second Advent will be when He once again, and finally, comes down to reign on earth. Churches around the world celebrate this time with decorations of liturgical colors, music, fasting, calendars and candles. 

This year, we invite you to a unique Advent experience only found at Calvary Church.

Advent at Calvary

Events & Sundays

Festival of Lights

December 1

You’re invited to kick off the Christmas season with us during our first-ever Festival of Lights! We’re lighting up our church grounds for the first time and celebrating with activities for the whole family. Friday, Dec. 1 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Click here to learn more and purchase tickets!

November 25 & 26

Worship Services

Kick off the Advent season with a message of hope from Pastor Steve Andres (Sunday at 9 & 11 a.m.) and Pastor Cody Winkler (Saturday at 5 p.m.).

December 2 & 3

Worship Services

The second week brings a special message of peace by Senior Pastor Randal Ross and special music by Geoffrey Andrews (Sunday at 9 & 11 a.m.). Pastor Cody Winkler will share on Saturday at 5 p.m.

December 9 & 10

Worship Services

Celebrate the season with our Kids' Choir and hear a message of joy by Senior Pastor Randal Ross (Sunday at 9 & 11 a.m.). Pastor Cody Winkler will share on Saturday at 5 p.m.

December 16 & 17

Choir Concert

Our annual Christmas choir concert is back for three performances! This year we're bringing back the acclaimed duet, "Christ is Born," by Pastor Tim Loar and Pastor Steve Andres. (Saturday at 5 p.m.; Sunday at 9 & 11 a.m.)

December 23 & 24

Worship Services

Christmas Eve morning will be a family-centered time with Pastor Steve Andres for our regular worship services. (Sunday at 9 & 11 a.m.). Pastor Cody Winkler will share on Saturday at 5 p.m.

Christmas Eve

(3 & 5 p.m.)

Our traditional evening services (3 & 5 p.m.) will feature a message by Senior Pastor Randal Ross and a live nativity, which closes five minutes before each service. Calvary en Español will also offer an evening service at 5 p.m.

December 31

Come & Go Communion

Our annual New Year's Eve tradition continues with a Come & Go Communion. Take some time to pray with your family and be led in individual Communion before the new year! (Sunday from 6 to 7 p.m.)

Warm Hands, Warm Hearts

After these weekend services, we'll have complimentary hot drinks available:

Nov. 25 & 26 — Hot Cocoa
Dec. 2 & 3 — Hot Cider
Dec. 9 & 10 — Hot Cocoa

Advent at Home

Advent isn't only for Sundays. We have put together a few special ways that you and your family can continue to celebrate beyond the weekend services.

Become devoted.

Advent 25-Day Daily Devotional Book Cover

In the holiday rush, take a moment each day to reflect on the long journey and perfect timing of Christ's arrival. We have created daily devotionals for you and your family to walk you through the 24 days of Advent.

Here are a few ways that you can receive these unique Advent devotions:

  • Printed booklets (distributed in services on Nov. 18/19 and Nov. 25/26) 
  • Text: Receive a text each day with the devotion. To sign up, text the word "advent" to 630-225-7703.
  • Email: Sign up here
  • Social Media: Coming soon to Facebook, Instagram and Twitter!

Shine some light.

Another meaningful tradition that you can share with your family is an Advent wreath. For centuries, the church has used the Advent wreath in this season of preparation. If you and your family decide to participate, you will need to purchase a wreath with 5 candles, one candle for each week of Advent and one in the center. Light a candle, read the devotion together, and pray every evening before dinner, or at the time of day when the family is all together. If children are old enough, allow the youngest to light the first candle the first week and then the second youngest to light two candles the second week and so on.