Christmas Eve Candlelight Service

Christmas Eve Candlelight Service of Lessons and Carols at Shadyside Presbyterian ChurchThis beloved traditional service is preceded by an extended choral prelude and concludes with a ceremony of lights while the congregation sings “Silent Night.” The prelude, Kirke Mechem’s cantata Seven Joys of Christmas for harp and choir, features the Shadyside Presbyterian Church Chancel Choir and harpist Nuiko Wadden, and begins at 7:40 p.m.

Photograph taken by Ellen L. Allston.

Christmas Eve Family Service

Shadyside Presbyterian Church’s Nativity WindowLed by the children and youth of Shadyside Presbyterian Church, this family service celebrating the Nativity of our Lord is filled with familiar carols, costumed players, and candle lighting. The service appeals to congregants of all ages and lasts approximately 45 minutes.

Photograph: Detail of Shadyside Presbyterian Church’s Nativity Window, located at the center of the south transept in the Sanctuary. Manufactured by Tiffany Glass Company, the window was installed when the church was erected in 1890 and is the only original stained glass window remaining at the church. The window is based on the 1522 painting “The Holy Night” (also known as “The Adoration of the Shepherds”) by Correggio, who was a contemporary of Raphael. Depicted are the Infant Jesus and His mother Mary. Those surrounding the Child are illuminated by a radiance that emanates from Him. Photograph taken by Mary Jane Bent.

Advent Vespers

O Come, O Come, Emmanuel
Rev. Dr. Scott J. Hagley
Rev. Dr. Scott J. Hagley

During the season of Advent, Shadyside Presbyterian Church invites you to join us on Wednesdays at 7:00 p.m. for an evening of music and reflection in our Sanctuary. These 45-minute candlelight Communion services include homilies from Pittsburgh Theological Seminary staff, the celebration of the Lord’s Supper, and music offered by the Shadyside Strings, Chatham Baroque, and the Pittsburgh Girls Choir. Nursery care is available.

On Wednesday, December 18, we welcome the Reverend Dr. Scott J. Hagley as our guest preacher.  Rev. Dr. Hagley is the Assistant Professor of Missiology at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary.

Learn more about Rev. Dr. Hagley or view a short video featuring his work at the seminary.

Pittsburgh Camerata Concert

Christmas with the Camerata

The 27th concert season of Music in a Great Space continues with the Pittsburgh Camerata, presenting “Christmas with the Camerata,” on Sunday, December 15, 2019, at 3:00 p.m.

At this most reflective time of year, when light and darkness are equal, the Pittsburgh Camerata offers the music of Christmas, sacred and secular, as a reflection of the significance this holiday inspires. Join us for the tradition, for the beauty, and for the promise of Christmas.

Tickets: www.pittsburghcamerata.org or at the door

Learn more about Music in a Great Space, the concert series at Shadyside Presbyterian Church.

The Giving Tree

On Sundays, December 8 and 15, the Community Partnerships Mission Action Community (MAC) will again sponsor the Giving Tree at Shadyside Presbyterian Church on behalf of the families at Sojourner House and the Pennsylvania Organization for Women in Early Recovery (POWER). The tree will be decorated with special ornamental gift tags that correspond with the name of a recipient, along with pajama and slipper sizes. Please look for the Giving Tree after worship during the fellowship hour. A member of the Community Partnerships MAC will be present to register your name along with the name of the recipient. Gift-wrapped pajamas and slippers should be returned to the church by Sunday, December 22; the original gift tag should be affixed to the package. Your gift, along with your thoughts and prayers for the families of Sojourner House and POWER, are appreciated and will be a sign to them of Christ’s love this Christmas season. If you have questions about the Giving Tree, please contact Rev. Todd Leach or Deacon Lisa Iadicicco through the church office.

Advent Vespers

O Come, O Come, Emmanuel
Rev. Ayana Teter
Rev. Ayana Teter

During the season of Advent, Shadyside Presbyterian Church invites you to join us on Wednesdays at 7:00 p.m. for an evening of music and reflection in our Sanctuary. These 45-minute candlelight Communion services include homilies from Pittsburgh Theological Seminary staff, the celebration of the Lord’s Supper, and music offered by the Shadyside Strings, Chatham Baroque, and the Pittsburgh Girls Choir. Nursery care is available.

On Wednesday, December 11, we welcome the Reverend Ayana Teter as our guest preacher.  Rev. Teter is the Director of Vocation and Placement at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary.

Learn more about Rev. Teter and her work at the seminary.

Lessons and Carols

A Service of Lessons and Carols

On Sunday, December 8, at 3:00 p.m., Shadyside Presbyterian Church will hold a Service of Lessons and Carols in the Sanctuary. Based on the service begun at King’s College, Cambridge, in 1918, the Service of Lessons and Carols tells the story of the fall of humanity, the promise of a Messiah, and the birth of Jesus through a series of Scripture readings, carols, hymns, and choral anthems. Please join with the pastors and the Chancel Choir as together we celebrate in word and in song the joys of the Christmas season.

Arrive early to enjoy warm beverages and desserts in the Sharp Atrium as part of the church’s community open house.

Community Open House

On Sunday, December 8, take a break from the hustle and bustle of this hectic season, and refresh your spirit in the beauty and serenity of our sacred spaces. Warm beverages and cookies will be available in the Sharp Atrium from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. Join us as your schedule permits, and please invite friends and neighbors to this welcoming event. Consider returning or remaining afterward for a Service of Lessons and Carols at 3:00 p.m. in the Sanctuary.

The Giving Tree

On Sundays, December 8 and 15, the Community Partnerships Mission Action Community (MAC) will again sponsor the Giving Tree at Shadyside Presbyterian Church on behalf of the families at Sojourner House and the Pennsylvania Organization for Women in Early Recovery (POWER). The tree will be decorated with special ornamental gift tags that correspond with the name of a recipient, along with pajama and slipper sizes. Please look for the Giving Tree after worship during the fellowship hour. A member of the Community Partnerships MAC will be present to register your name along with the name of the recipient. Gift-wrapped pajamas and slippers should be returned to the church by Sunday, December 22; the original gift tag should be affixed to the package. Your gift, along with your thoughts and prayers for the families of Sojourner House and POWER, are appreciated and will be a sign to them of Christ’s love this Christmas season. If you have questions about the Giving Tree, please contact Rev. Todd Leach or Deacon Lisa Iadicicco through the church office.

Caroling at Allegheny County Jail

Carolers for HOPE at the Allegheny County Jail
Carolers for HOPE at the Allegheny County Jail

Get an early start on polishing your finest Christmas carols and share community with those who will spend Christmas in jail. Come and participate in a Service of Lessons and Carols at the Allegheny County Jail on Thursday, December 5, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., with Shadyside Presbyterian and other local churches. Anyone over the age of 18 is welcome to participate. If you are interested, please sign up in the Sharp Atrium or contact the church office by Sunday, December 1. (Names must be submitted to the jail staff prior to our attendance, and the name on the registration list must match the name on driver’s license or ID.)

For further information, please contact Rev. Todd Leach or Deacon Corinne Newman through the church office.