St. Paul’s hosts festive activities for A Community Advent 2017

St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 33 W. Dixon Ave, at Far Hills Avenue and Dixon Avenue in Oakwood, invites the greater Dayton community to A Community Advent 2017, featuring seasonal events in the month of December. Admission to all events is free.

In the Christian tradition, the season that begins December 3 and runs through Christmas Eve is called Advent. Advent is the beginning of the church year and a time of anticipation for the arrival of the Christ Child. During this season, St. Paul’s will host programs for community participation.


December 5-6: ST. GOODY2SHOES

The tradition of St. Nicholas Day invites children to place their shoes outside the door or by the hearth before bedtime on December 5. St. Nick comes during the night and fills the shoes with goodies. On December 6, children wake up to a wonderful surprise. St. Paul’s will offer a community version of this tradition. On Tuesday, December 5, between 8:00 a.m. and Noon, families are invited to bring shoes to the front steps of St. Paul’s! These shoes should be identified as yours. Overnight the shoes will be moved inside where St. Nick will fill them with sweets and gifts. On Wednesday, December 6, families may return to St. Paul’s during the same time window (8 a.m. to Noon), to pick up their goodies!

Now, here’s the twist on this St. Nick Day: we ask that those shoes you brought, and socks as well, be donated to folks in need. St. Paul’s will donate all collected items to the Dayton Episcopal Clothing Room. Donation of multiple pairs of shoes and socks are heartily welcomed. Take part in the wonders of St. Goody2Shoes (he gives super cool gift bags), and then give generously in return.



6 to 8 p.m.

SP Live Nativity. Photo by Leon Chuck

The 3nd Annual Live Nativity will be presented on the green space at Far Hills and Dixon, next to the church. Parish members will recreate the roles of Mary, Joseph, Baby Jesus, town folk and the Three Kings, as Bethlehem comes alive – a witness to the birth of our Savior. The crèche scene will include live animals, thanks to Learning Tree Farm, and beautiful lights! Warm beverages and treats will be served. Winter campfires will keep you warm! The Christmas Shop will be held inside the church, in a room accessible from the outdoor site. The Shop will offer many choices for stocking stuffers, holiday confections, cold weather wear – the last bits you’ll need for your Christmas festivities!

In case of inclement weather, the Live Nativity & Christmas Shop will be rescheduled. Announcements will be made on television, radio and, of course, through the church website!

St. Paul’s Annual CHRISTMAS PAGEANT will take place on Sunday, December 24, during the 10:30 am Eucharist. Costume call will be 9:00 am that morning. Rehearsal will be the day before, Saturday, December 23, 10:00 a.m. to Noon in the main church. Visit our website for more details.

Free on-the-street parking is available for all events, as well as parking in the Oakwood Municipal lot off of Park Avenue. For more information: contact Jean Berry at 937.293.1154 or