Advent

Local Church
A single lit candle in a wreath signifies the first week of Advent. In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic and other challenges, United Methodist churches are thinking creatively for the seasons of Advent and Christmas. Photo of Glendale United Methodist Church in Nashville, Tenn., by Steven Kyle Adair, United Methodist Communications.

Salvaging Christmas amid coronavirus concerns

Pastors already dealing with a stressful 2020 now must lead United Methodists through the seasons of Advent and Christmas as the coronavirus pandemic rages.
Local Church
The Rev. Will Choate (at left) helps lead worshippers in singing “Silent Night” by candlelight on Christmas Eve 2018 at Argenta United Methodist Church in North Little Rock, Arkansas. The growing congregation and others across the United Methodist connection are preparing to make visitors feel welcome. Photo courtesy of Argenta United Methodist Church.

What should a Christmas welcome look like?

New research shows more spiritual seekers are interested in visiting a United Methodist church. Here’s what this could mean for Christmas Eve.
Poverty
Members of Humboldt Park United Methodist Church in Chicago joined in an ecumenical Las Posadas procession. The re-enactment of Mary and Joseph’s search for safe lodging carries special resonance for at least one family at the church. Photo courtesy of the Rev. Paula Cripps-Vallejo.

How an immigrant family found room at the inn

Las Posadas is the Mexican tradition of re-enacting Joseph and Mary’s search for safe lodging for Christ’s birth. For one family, the tradition has special resonance.
Theology and Education
Glendale United Methodist Church in Nashville is decorated for the Advent/Christmas season. Photo by Steven Kyle Adair

Ask The UMC: How long is the Christmas season?

Do you know the dates the Christmas season begins and ends?

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