December 2018

At The Commons we give our selves permission over December to step our of our regular routine and try to be present in the moment for the Advent Season.

Here is where and when we will be gathering over the next month:

  • Advent Week 1: HOPE
    3pm – Sun. Dec. 2nd
    – For the first week in advent we will be joining with St. John’s Lutheran Church (the folks who own the building we meet in) for a gathering that is all about Hope & Unity. There will be lots of music and singing with snacks happening afterwards. We have discovered that St. John’s has some amazing German Grandmas who love to bake up a storm of delicious cookies and treats.  Location: Upstairs in 104 Hughson St. N.
  • Advent Week 2: PEACE
    4:30pm – Sun. Dec. 9th
    – Stories, Songs and Practical Activities of Peace. If you have an instrument bring it to join in on the Christmas Carol Jamboree.
    Location: Downstairs in 104 Hughson St. N. (enter off Wilson St.)
  • Welcome Inn Community Christmas Party.
    6pm-8pm Fri Dec 14th – We will be the house band leading Christmas Carols for our friends at this North End community center. Feel free to join us.
    Location: 40 Wood St E
  • Advent Week 3: JOY
    4:30pm – Sun. Dec. 16th – Share some joy through Aux Chords & Christmas Cards. If you have a song that brings you joy over the holidays feel free to share it with the group while we take time to write out some Christmas cards together. If you have an instrument bring it to join in on the Christmas Carol Jamboree.
    Location: Downstairs in 104 Hughson St. N. (enter off Wilson St.)
  • Advent Week 4: LOVE
    4:30pm – Sun. Dec. 23rd – Part of showing love is giving space for the hard feelings and hard times. Christmas isn’t all about candy canes and presents, and not all of us have great associations with the holidays. This week we will be giving room for people’s lament and grief around the holidays.
    Location: Downstairs in 104 Hughson St. N. (enter off Wilson St.)
  • Christmas Eve Candle Light Gathering at Hooper Law
    5pm – Mon Dec 24th – An inter-generational gathering of music & stories.
    In the beautiful Hooper Law Building (our old meeting space), 128 Hughson St N (across from the Spice Factory)
  • Potluck Supper
    4:30pm – Sun Dec 30th – Everyone is welcome (even if church isn’t your thing). This  is just a community meal for everyone to get together before the new year to share some food, catch up with old friends, make some new friends, and maybe play a little foosball or chess.
    Location: Downstairs in 104 Hughson St. N. (enter off Wilson St.)

Peace Sunday – Nov 11th, 2018

Peace Sunday, is a way to broaden the community conversation of what it means to work for peace. This year Peace Sunday falls on Nov 11th (the same day as Remembrance Day).

At The Commons Gathering (Sun. Nov. 11th at 4:30pm) we will have a moment of silence for people who have sacrificed their lives for peace. As a church that values creative peace and is seeking to learn how to be peacemakers we also want to widen the remembrance to people who have worked and sacrificed for peace. We want to have a moment of silence for:

  • Civil Rights Activists
  • Christian Peacemakers
  • Catholic Workers
  • Peace Activists and more,
  • in addition to people who have served in the Military.

For our learning component this year we will be using the new album by Hip Hop artist Shad. It is called “A Short Story About A War.”

You may want to take a little time over the next couple weeks to give the album a listen. Here is the Spotify Link:

If you want to take this a step further, Shad will be speaking at Eucharist Church about the album on Thur Nov 8 at 7:30pm ($10 at the door). Here is the facebook event page:

If you don’t get a chance to listen to the album or Hip Hop is not your thing, that is totally OK. We will listen to a couple of the songs with the Lyrics printed out on Peace Sunday. Just thought some people might appreciate a head start.


Sunday November 11th, 4:30pm (coffee served at 4pm)

Community Room of St. John’s Lutheran Church
104 Hughson St. N.
(Downtown Hamilton on the corner of Wilson & Hughson).
Enter through the front door on Wilson St.

Everyone is welcome.

Street parking is free on Sundays.
Their is also free parking on Sundays right beside Dr. Disc on Wilson & James St.