You are warmly invited to celebrate Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and Christmastide with St. Thomas Episcopal Church
Join us for virtual Lessons and Carols. The service is recorded and available online, so watch on Christmas Eve at your convenience or gather in your home at 7:00 pm on Thursday, 12/24, to watch and worship in unity with the wider St. Thomas community. The video is available on the St. Thomas YouTube Channel, no login or profile required. You are encouraged to light a candle and use the Worship Service Bulletin to participate and sing along. Access the Christmas Eve Bulletin online by clicking this link: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1_O6kHlDu5ZkEHW63XLIIlsiyytgeAQmu/view
Click this link to watch the “Christmas Eve Lessons and Carols” Service on the St. Thomas YouTube Channel: https://youtu.be/hbXjhrB6wQ8
For Christmas Day, Music @ St. Thomas presents a recording of "The Nativity of Our Lord Jesus Christ Expressed in Scripture, Music and Art" featuring masterpieces of art selected and presented by Alyce Rogers, readings by Father Lex Breckinridge and Jeannine Black, and music selections by Doug Cleveland. The video will be online throughout Christmastide so watch anytime or virtually gather with your St. Thomas family at 10:00 am on Christmas Day, Friday 12/25. The video is available to watch on the St. Thomas YouTube Channel and no login or profile is required.
Click this link to watch “The Nativity of Our Lord Jesus Christ Expressed in Scripture, Music, and Art” on the St. Thomas YouTube Channel: https://youtu.be/CtQoW85Fpwk
Sunday Services 12/27 and 1/3
Worship for Sunday, December 27th and Sunday, January 3rd will return to our usual model of live streaming the service on Facebook at 9:30 am. You can view the live stream on Facebook via your browser of choice, no profile or login required. Once you click the link below, the current live video will have a red box that says "LIVE" in the top left corner under "All Videos." Click that video to access the live stream. The live stream is also accessible every Sunday via a link on our website, www.stthomasmedina.org/online-community/live-streams. This link directs you back to the live video on Facebook.
Click this link to access the St. Thomas Facebook Page to watch the Sunday Worship Livestream at 9:30 am each Sunday: www.facebook.com/stthomasmedina
Due to higher online traffic around Christmas time, our website and websites such as YouTube and Facebook may take longer to load or may have trouble connecting to your device. If this happens, here are a few simple tips to try:
- If the video doesn’t load, try refreshing your browser page. Many browsers, like Google Chrome, Firefox, Microsoft Edge, or Safari will have an icon on the top of the window that looks like an arrow moving in a circle. Clicking that icon will refresh the webpage.
- Try using a different device to watch the video. Some devices connect to the internet better than others, depending on many factors. If refreshing your browser doesn’t work, you may want to try watching on a different device.
- Reboot your devices. Sometimes a quick reboot is all a device needs to make a more stable connection to the internet. Try restarting your device, your internet, or your WiFi router.
- If the St. Thomas website: www.stthomasmedina.org doesn’t load, try going directly to our YouTube channel: www.youtube.com/stthomasmedina to access the Christmas Eve or Christmas Day videos or directly to our Facebook page: www.facebook.com/stthomasmedina to access the Worship Services on 12/27 or 1/3.
The St. Thomas Episcopal Church Office will be closed December 24th - January 3rd and clergy/staff will not be monitoring communications during this time. The clergy and staff will be available again on Monday, January 4th. In the case of a pastoral emergency, call the church at 425/454-9541 to hear the number of the priest on call.