The key dates of the 2022 Christmas season are:
- Advent I (Hope, blue candle): Sunday, November 27
- Advent II (Faith, blue candle): Sunday, December 4
- Advent III (Joy, pink candle): Sunday, December 11
- Advent IV (Peace, blue candle): Sunday, December 18
- Christmas Eve: Saturday, December 24 — We will join First Christian Church of Decatur in their main sanctuary at 6pm to celebrate the eve of Christ’s birth. At 11pm we will lead the second Christmas Eve service. All are welcome.
- Christmas Day (Purity, white candle): Sunday, December 25 — Regular worship service at 10:30am. The church office will be closed.
- Day after Christmas: Monday, December 26 — The church office will be closed.
- Epiphany Sunday: January 8
Decatur Tree & Wreath Sale
The 15th Annual Christmas Tree and Wreath Sale at First Christian Church of Decatur opens on Friday, November 25th and continues until everything is sold out. Proceeds benefit church and community ninistries in the City of Decatur, including the Decatur Toy Park.
Teddy Bear Ministry
Every year, Gentle Spirit Christian Church collects teddy bears and stuffed animals during the Advent season and distributes them to patients in local hospitals and hospices to spread Christmas cheer and let them know they’re not alone. To participate, you can either bring a teddy bear(s) to a church service or contact the church office to arrange to drop them off.
Founding and Senior Pastor of Gentle Spirit Christian Church and Editor-in-Chief of Whosoever, Rev. Paul M. Turner (he/him) grew up in suburban Chicago and was ordained by the Universal Fellowship of Metropolitan Community Churches in 1989. He was called to Atlanta in 1994 to pastor All Saints MCC. Five years later he founded Gentle Spirit Christian Church. He lives in Decatur with his husband Bill, who he met in 1982 while living and working in Ohio and legally married in 2015.