We have lots of traditions at Bryn Mawr Presbyterian Church, and many of them revolve around special services and sundays. Below are just a few of the fun events that add to the culture of our congregation.
Friendship Sunday is usually held the second Sunday of September. It is a Sunday designed for visitors, and we invite anyone to join us for worship and a barbecue lunch. The church provides burgers/veggie burgers and brats, and the congregation brings side dishes and desserts. Come learn about the personalities and culinary prowess of the BMPC members!
Like most churches Easter Day is celebrated with lilies, music, bonnets and candy, but how many have an Easter Fry? We decorate our sanctuary with flowers given in memory of loved ones, worship God with glorious music, and visit over coffee and cookies while the children hunt for candy filled eggs. Then all members and friends are invited to the Annual Easter Fry, a party hosted by a generous member of the congregation. This party celebrates the end of Lent (and those who gave up fatty foods for 40 days and 40 nights) with State Fair style cuisine and lots of fun.
At Bryn Mawr we prepare for the season of Advent begins with a Hanging of the Greens Saturday. Festive music fills the building as people of all ages decorate the church for the season with evergreens and wreaths. Each Sunday a family or individual from the congregation participates in worship by lighting the candles on the Advent wreath. In the weeks before Christmas, children spend their Sunday School time rehearsing for the pageant, which is typically presented the second or third Sunday in December.
BMPC observes the birth of Christ with a candlelight service on Christmas Eve at 7:30 p.m. A gathering is hosted by a generous member of the congregation (who lives near the church) prior to the service, and all are invited to attend and bring an hors d’oeuvre to share. The gathering traditionally closes with carol singing and parading to church for the service, which is filled with scripture readings detailing Jesus’ birth and beautiful Christmas music. The service concludes with sanctuary lit only by candles and the congregation singing Silent Night.