IWS to Present 5th Annual Festival of Advent Lessons & Carols


ORANGE PARK, Fla- The Robert E. Webber Institute for Worship Studies (IWS) will sponsor a community-wide Festival of Advent Lessons and Carols on Sunday, December 7, 2014 at New Grace Church in Fleming Island. This event, which begins at 6:30 p.m., is a traditional choral worship service composed of a stirring collection of Advent hymns and carols, interspersed between Scripture readings. The service is intended to heighten the expectation of the coming celebration of Christmas. Featured are the IWS Community Choir, local musicians, pastors and community leaders. A reception will follow.

The community Advent service will serve as a benefit to Waste Not Want Not, a non-profit food rescue organization that exists to prevent the discarding of food and other items that can be used to fight hunger and poverty. Several local organizations are providing sponsorship of the event, including Team Alters with Coldwell Banker Vanguard Realty, Gibbs NY Subs, Orange Park Performing Arts Academy, More Than Ink Printing Company, Farnham and Farnham Dentistry, TLC Total Lawn Care, the Urban Bean Coffee Cafe, and Young Life of Clay County.

This is the fifth year that the Institute has sponsored this community event. One attendee commented, “The service is spectacular! It sets a worshipful tone for the entire Advent season.”

The Festival of Advent Lessons and Carols will be directed by IWS President Dr. James Hart with artistic assistance from Mark Scott, Director of the Florida Vocal Association, and organist Brenda Scott. The Festival of Advent Lessons and Carols will be held at New Grace Church, 5804 U.S. Highway 17, Fleming Island.

The Robert E. Webber Institute for Worship Studies offers the Doctor of Worship Studies and the Masters of Worship Studies degree programs, using a unique mix of in-class instruction on its Florida campus near Jacksonville and distance learning. More than 650 students from over 60 denominations in the U.S., Canada and 23 other countries have matriculated at IWS since its founding in 1999. IWS holds accredited status with the Commission on Accreditation of the Association for Biblical Higher Education.


For more information, contact IWS at (800) 282-2977 or visit iws.edu.