Worship » Church Seasons
At Bethlehem we celebrate many special festivals and occasions according to the church year. The year is divided into different seasons which draw our attention to the life of Christ and the life of his Church. The church year at Bethlehem follows the order set by by the Revised Common Lectionary, used by most mainline Christian churches.
Check the calendar for the dates and times of special services and festivals.
- Advent: The Advent season marks the beginning of the church year, taking place over the four Sundays before Christmas.
- Christmas: Find out about how we celebrate Christmas at Bethlehem
- Epiphany: Epiphany focuses on the revelation that Jesus is God's Son, the longed-for Messiah.
- Transfiguration Sunday: On Transfiguration Sunday we celebrate Jesus revealing his divine glory.
- Lent: Lent is a season of reflection and preparation for Easter.
- Holy Week: In Holy week we reflect on Jesus journey to the cross and tomb, culminating with solemn celebrations Maundy Thursday and Good Friday.
- Easter: Easter, the central feast of the church year, celebrates Jesus' victory over death, and that we too can be certain of eternal life when we trust in him.
- Pentecost: Often call the 'birth of the church', Pentecost celebrates the coming of the Holy Spirit.
- Other festivals: Minor festivals celebrated annually at Bethlehem include All Saints, Reformation, St Michael and all Angels and the Commemoration of the Augsburg confession.