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

December 23 & 24

Worship Services

Christmas Eve morning will be a special 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. Youth in grades 6–12 will join adults in these services.

Christmas Eve

(3 & 5 p.m.)

Our traditional evening services (3 & 5 p.m.) feature a message by Senior Pastor Randal Ross and a live nativity, which closes five minutes before each service. Kids and youth join adults in service, and childcare is available for ages 3 and under. Our Coffee Shop is open until 6 p.m. Calvary en Español is also offering 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.)

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 (available around the Sanctuary)
  • 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.