Christmas

Local Church
Members of St. Paul United Methodist Church in Lakeland, Tenn., enact the Nativity in 2020. The church plans to hold its Christmas Eve service outside in front of the stable and manger this year. Churches continue to be creative in finding ways to celebrate Christ’s birth and keep people safe during the second year of the COVID-19 pandemic. Photo courtesy of St. Paul United Methodist Church.

Reviving Christmas cheer in dark times

In this second year of the pandemic, United Methodist churches are getting creative in helping people experience Christ’s birth and love’s pure light.
Theology and Education
United Methodists may celebrate January 1 as Watch Night, New Year, or The Holy Name of Jesus. Photo by Pexels, courtesy of Pixabay.

Ask the UMC: How may United Methodists observe Jan 1?

United Methodists have three different options for celebrating January 1.
Mission and Ministry
United Methodist women celebrate after receiving food parcels at Bwanya United Methodist Church in Zimbabwe. The early Christmas celebration was hosted by the Mukandi family, who provided lunch and gifts for 250 members from six local churches near Mutoko. Photo by Kudzai Chingwe, UM News.

Family throws surprise Christmas party for 250 women

Sharing from their abundance, the Mukandis of Bwanya United Methodist Church give clothing and food baskets to people from six congregations.
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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