FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., Nov. 3, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Advent is the first season of the Christian church year; a glorious time of year leading up to Christmas. Fort Lauderdale's most historic church, First Presbyterian Church of Fort Lauderdale (First Pres) plans for Advent all year long and is celebrating the Advent 2016 season with a whole series of events! Advent 2016 at First Presbyterian Church of Fort Lauderdale will commence with Hanging of the Greens, a concert in which a full Scottish pipe and drum band will lead a processional. This family service will feature congregational Christmas carol favorites, a musical performance by the church's talented children's and youth choirs, and a post-service gathering with refreshments. Hanging of the Greens will occur on November 27, 2016 at 5 p.m. This event is free and all are welcome to attend. "Hanging of the Greens is the ultimate celebration to kick off the Advent season," said Robin L. McEachern, Minister of Music at First Presbyterian Church of Fort Lauderdale. "The bagpipes, drums and holiday-themed music is so cheerful it will have you singing along in your seat." First Presbyterian Church of Fort Lauderdale's 2016 Advent event schedule also includes: Celebrate! A Small Group Advent Experience November 29 - December 23, 2016 This Advent season, First Pres will introduce Celebrate! a small group study which will challenge participants to fill their Advent calendars with daily acts of mercy. The devotionals, readings and activities in these small groups are designed to help participants celebrate the Advent season through acts of mercy. For more information about the Celebrate! Small Group, contact Mona Petersen, First Presbyterian Church of Fort Lauderdale's Adult Education Ministry and Small Groups Director, at (954) 598-9345 or MonaP@firstpres.cc.