Advent Village 2023 is now open and for the entire month of December!
The Christmas Spirit of Giving
What is Advent Village? It’s an opportunity to participate in an alternative experience to commercial Christmas shopping which creates awareness of and benefits those served through the missions of the Allentown Presbyterian Church. Purchasing a gift at Advent Village benefits the lives of people who are in need, in the name of your loved one, helping us to care for God’s family.
While we are excited to host our Advent Village as a LIVE event on Saturday, 12/2/23 10:00 – 3:00 pm, we are still providing the Advent Village Catalog Shopping option which is available throughout the month of December.
At our LIVE event, we will be celebrating and preparing our hearts for Christmas together while enjoying amazing holiday entertainment, delicious, homemade food, and strolls down Mission Avenue. Our entertainment this year includes the APC ROCK and Stepping Stones children’s choirs, Allentown High School’s Half and Half Select Choir, Enoch Smith, Jr., our talented Director of Music and Worship, and Christmas Trivia with Richie Rich!” We hope you’ll join us for the fun!
A goal of Advent Village is to provide you with opportunities to help people in need all around the world with a gift of any size. Advent Village provides creative, “alternative” gifts to candles, ugly sweaters, and ties; to candy, video games, and mugs. Life-giving gifts such as rent, food baskets, diapers, stoves, goats, immunizations, wells, and homes …gifts that will truly change and bless the lives of those in severe need.
Is this the year God is calling you to embrace a new spirit of giving? To consider unusual and unexpected ways of giving at Christmas. To share and support the idea of selfless giving through which we receive an unexpected type of gift: the blessing that comes from helping others.
The APC missions represented at Advent Village 2023 are The Allentown Food Pantry, The Allentown Good Neighbor Fund, Crossroads Youth & Young Adult Ministry, Guatemala, HomeFront, Villages in Partnership, and the Presbyterian Church (USA).
We invite you to “visit the stores” or missions of APC via brief videos (see the videos below or use the QR codes in the catalog). Spending just a few minutes with our missionaries will provide you with insight into the enormous amount of powerful and meaningful works being done for the least in God’s kingdom near and far.
“I assure you that when you have done it for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you have done it for me.” Matthew 25: 35-40
If you’d like an Advent Village Christmas gift card to accompany your gift, scroll down for instructions to print.
Wishing you a season of Advent filled with the Spirit of Christmas!
Director of Children and Family Ministry/Advent Village Coordinator
Visit The Stores
Shopping List & Check Out
Below you can view the 2023 Catalog, download the complete list of the items available, or go directly to the online shopping list! If you prefer to pay by check please print out the shopping list and mail it in.
Printable Christmas Card
Click the Advent Village Christmas card below to receive a downloadable version that you can print out and share with your loved one.
If you need assistance or would like us to print a copy for you, please contact Courtney at firstname.lastname@example.org or 609-259-7289.
The History of Advent Village:
What is Advent Village? An opportunity for the greater Allentown community to participate in an alternative experience to commercial Christmas shopping which creates awareness of and benefits the missions of the Allentown Presbyterian Church.
Who benefits? Purchasing a gift at Advent Village benefits the lives of people who are in need, in the name of a loved one, fulfilling our call to care for the members of the family of Jesus Christ. Mission team representatives determine creative ways to sell products or services which directly benefit those whom the mission team serves. Buyers receive Advent Village Christmas gift cards which explain the purchase made and the beneficiary of the gift. Through Advent Village, not only are we raising awareness of the works of the missions of our church family, but in 2020 we raised $18,700 in support of the missions of APC. Our thirteen year total for giving through Advent Village is $349,527.
Missions: The Allentown Presbyterian Church missions represented at Advent Village 2023 are our local missions: The Allentown Food Pantry, The Allentown Good Neighbor Fund, Crossroads Youth and Young Adult Ministry, and HomeFront, and our international missions in Guatemala and Africa (Villages in Partnership). You can also support the efforts of the Presbyterian Church (USA) through their “Disaster Assistance” program.
Environment: In a typical year, the hallway of the Education building is transformed into a Victorian village complete with Dickensian storefronts. The patrons visit six stores filled with friendly and knowledgeable “owners” who offer explanations and creative displays of their work in the various mission fields.
The Potter Room is home to Ye Olde Book Shoppe (supported by the Elementary Sunday School) and the Little Tree Bakery (supported by Little Tree Preschool). Ye Olde Book Shoppe is filled with books donated by the Sunday School families. The children usually make various ornaments for sale on the Sunday School Mission Christmas Tree. Little Tree Bakery provides a cookie decorating table. The book sale proceeds from 2010-2023 allowed us to purchase over 350 Spanish Children’s Bibles for the Guatemala mission and the Little Tree cookie sales and the Sunday School ornament sales have benefited the preschool missions in both Guatemala and Africa.
Entertainment: We enjoy presenting a potpourri of entertainment including the ROCK and Stepping Stones Choirs of APC, local talent, strolling minstrels, and APC adult choirs, and the smooth Christmas Jazz of Enoch Smith, Jr. Special guests often include The Allentown High School select choir: Half and Half! These musical and dramatic talents provide lively entertainment while our patrons enjoy a wide selection of food at the APC Café!
Ye Olde APC Café: The Café is fabulous! Usually, we are enjoying many delicious and varied homemade breakfast, lunch, and dessert options. All food is donated and prepared by volunteers allowing the APC Café provide you a complementary meal.
The bottom line: Advent Village has been a success on so many levels. We have increased awareness of the missions of APC. We have contributed to a change in the way we think about “giving” at Christmas. We provide a day of fun and fellowship evidenced by our “lingering” shoppers. New friendships are formed and old ones strengthened. And, in the first thirteen years of the event, we have raised over $349,527 to help people in need locally and around the world.
What a beautiful experience. Praise God!