Our mission and ministry flows out of our worship. Each Sunday, we gather to worship with reverence, relevance, openness, and joy. Bon Air is a family friendly church and children are welcomed in worship. Activity bags are available for children from an usher. Childcare for infants through two year olds is available in our nursery. The Sacrament of Holy Communion is offered on the first Sunday of each month and other feast days and special occasions. All baptized persons are welcome at the Lord’s Table.
Music is an import part of our worship. We sing God’s praises and enter into God’s presence with wonder and thanksgiving. Our choir and bell choir lead us at the 11:00 a.m. service.
SUNDAY MORNING WORSHIP CELEBRATIONS
December 9 – “Reporting from the Wilderness”
Where do we look for hope in our world?
December 16 – “Source of Light and Life”
Prepare for the coming of Christ by facing the fear of our dark times
December 23 – “The First Christmas Carol”
A young woman sings a revolutionary song that speaks of hope, justice and peace.
8:30 Sabbath Worship
This service will include the elements of the Classic Worship service with the addition of weekly communion and special music. It will offer the smaller group of worshippers the opportunity to gather as a community in prayer, reflection, and familiar hymns. The same scripture and sermon presented in the Classic service will be presented in the Sabbath service.
Worshippers are invited to gather in silent reflection ass they enter the sanctuary. The Prelude will begin at 8:25 to offer those present quiet music to assist in preparing for worship. Those who would like to visit with friends before worship are welcome to meet in the Garden Room. A bell will be rung at 8:25 to encourage those in the Garden Room to come to the sanctuary for worship.
9:45 Christian Education Hour
Preschoolers meet in the Block Room of the Preschool for Learn to Love Like God.
Elementary through High School join Bruce Miller for the pageant rehearsal in the Fellowship Hall.
Adults join Kaete Unterzuber in the Beck Room for The Story Behind Our Christmas Carols.
11:00 Classic Worship
Join us as we worship the living God through liturgy, music, preaching and sacraments. We glorify God, celebrate God’s gifts to us, and listen for God’s voice as we worship together. Our Chancel Choir and Handbell Choir lead us in expressing our faith through music. Communion will be served the first Sunday of each month.
Young children are welcome to join us for worship through the “Conversations with Children” and then may stay with their families in worship or leave for “Godly Play.”
Child care is available in our new Nursery Room throughout the morning for infants through 3 year olds.
Christmas Eve Celebrations
Family Carol Sing – 4:00 p.m.
Catch a glimpse of the child’s view of Christmas as families join together
to sing familiar carols, tell the sacred story, and celebrate Jesus’ birthday.
Nativity Concert – 8:30 p.m.
Brass ensemble and our choir will fill us with Christmas spirits
we prepare for a joyous celebration of Jesus’ birth!
Festive Christmas Celebration – 9:00 p.m.
Rekindle the joy of Christmas! It is a true and lasting joy that we can experience no matter what life brings.
Join us and discover the good news of Christmas that will bring joy to the rest of your year.
We will gather together for traditional carols and an inspiring message,
then complete our celebration by passing the candlelight
which transforms our darkened sanctuary
with the glow of God’s love.
A Service of Remembrance, Comfort and Hope
for those who find rejoicing difficult
Sunday, December 23
in the Garden Room
During the upcoming holiday season, please consider supporting the Christmas Joy
Offering to be collected during the service on December 23rd. Through the Christmas Joy Offering Presbyterians make and keep two promises: to our church workers through assistance in their time of need and to ethnic and racial students through education and faith leadership development. By contributing to the Joy Offering, the PCUSA Assistance Program of the Board of Pensions can support church workers in time of crisis to obtain much needed supplemental income. Also, gifts to the Christmas Joy Offering enable racial ethnic leaders to obtain vital training and educational faith opportunities often unavailable to them. So, during this season of giving, please consider a gift of support for this important Offering.
The mission of our Christian Education program is to support spiritual growth by providing relevant educational experiences that open our hearts and minds to the joy of life in Christ. Education programs are offered on Sunday mornings at 9:45 a.m. for children, youth and adults.
Adult Education – The goals of adult education are to foster spiritual growth and increase fellowship, in small group settings, where a variety of opportunities are provided to explore scripture, history, theological diversity and contemporary issues while respecting and nurturing faith and reaching out to the community to gain connectedness.
Children and Youth – Our Christian Education classes are designed to help children and youth discover their faith, develop a personal relationship with Jesus, and demonstrate God’s love to the world.
Enrichment Program – After the “Children’s Conversation” during the 11:00 worship hour, young children are invited to a special program with stories, crafts, and fun.
Youth Fellowship – PYC (Presbyterian Youth Connection) In addition to the Sunday School opportunity, the youth at BAPC can participate in a weekly youth program that includes social activities, service projects, seasonal retreats and camp (Camp Hanover, Montreat, and Massanetta).
Confirmation Class- As numbers and age warrant, Bon Air offers young people an opportunity to become full members of the church family by completing a nineteen week confirmation class which teaches them about the responsibilities and meaning of church membership.
What is the Story Behind My Favorite Christmas Carols?
Although the standard lyrics of Christmas Carols come from the 19th century, variations go back as far as the 1650’s. Have you ever wondered who wrote your favorite Christmas Carol – or what inspired them to write it? Adults, join us in the Beck Room for Sunday School as we learn more about the carols we sing during Advent and Christmas. We will meet at 9:00 a.m. on December 2, and 9:45 a.m. on December 9 and 16. After Christmas, join us for our winter program on Sunday, January 6 at 9:45 a.m. in the Beck Room.
Christmas Pageant Rehearsals (Children and Youth)
Christmas Pageant Rehearsals will be 9:00 a.m.– 10:00 a.m., Sunday, December 2 and 9:45 a.m. -10:45 a.m. Sunday, December 9and 16. There will be no children or youth Sunday School on these days. All children and youth are invited to be part of the pageant!
Children and Youth Sunday School Begins Sunday, October 7 – December 16 9am-9:45am
We are beginning our year with MUSIC!
Our younger children K-3 will learn hand chimes with Mr. Steve Henley and older youth grades 4-12 will learn the ukulele with Ms. Meredith Haynie. Our preschoolers will have Sunday School in their classroom. Music Sunday School will continue through November 11.
October 21 Sunday School will return to 9:45-10:45 a.m. still beginning with music through the November 11. Then we move into theology through theater! We start preparing our Christmas Pageant as part of Sunday School, November 4, and will continue through December 16. The Pageant will be performed Sunday,
December 16, at 4 p.m.
Youth Calendar— November/December
Sunday, November 11 Noon-3:00 p.m.
Rake and Run Service Project
Sunday, November 18 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Presbytery-Wide Youth Event
Crop Walk 1-3:00 p.m.
Location: Camp Hanover
(Middle & High School Youth)
Sunday, December 7 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Hanover Christmas @ Camp Hanover
(High School Youth)