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Mystery and Wonder

Christmas and Advent at First Presbyterian, Valparaiso


Christmas is a time of wonder and revealing. Advent is a time of mystery, and a world seeking healing. This year, First Presbyterian Valparaiso invites you to join us on the journey through the familiar stories of our faith in a series of services, classes, and meditations which can help us to reflect on the Mystery and Wonder of the season.


Wednesdays in Advent, beginning December 1, the church will offer a series of evening self-guided meditations with varied sensory accompaniments for  spiritual self-discovery.  Each week will focus on the message of the Advent candles:   Hope, Joy, Peace and Love.


Activities will include:

  • a Prayer Wall & hope board for posting prayer requests, concerns, hopes and praises

  • poetry and scripture readings;

  • a Meditation Labyrinth; 

  • live and recorded music; 

  • visual artistic inspirations & interpretations, and 

  • weekly self-guided meditations for adults and children


The Advent meditations will run continuously from 5-7 PM and are "Come as you are, come as you are able."

Friday, December 24 brings two opportunities for Christmas Eve worship including communion, at 4:00 PM and 7:00 PM, with artists from our congregation and the community leading praise through traditional lessons and carols.  Join us live or online via our livestream. (click here for livestream)

Welcome, and thank you for visiting First Presbyterian Church of Valparaiso online! We hope that our website highlights the wide variety of worship, fellowship and service opportunities available. Please feel free to read more about our church on this site, or come in for a visit. We would love to greet you and share with you our love for Jesus Christ and for you, our neighbor.  We think you'll agree that we are one of the most welcoming churches in Indiana.  Call us at 219-464-4985 or email us at

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