ADVENT & CHRISTMAS 2019The Berwyn United Methodist Church community has wonderful seasonal events and festivals for families throughout the year.
UPCOMING WORSHIP EVENTS
Please be sure to mark your calendars and spread the word about upcoming worship opportunities at Berwyn United Methodist Church.
In the Christian calendar, December is a month of anticipation and preparation for the coming of Christ. It features Advent, a four week season of waiting for the birth of our Savior, which this year begins on Sunday, December 1. We will start the season on that Sunday with our church decorated in the traditional Advent and Christmas manner and will light the first candle of our Advent Wreath, as we begin the countdown to the coming celebration on Christmas day of the birth of Jesus. An additional candle will be lighted on each Sunday of Advent.
• Sunday, November 3: All Saints Day. Our members, friends and family who have transferred to the Church Triumphant during the past year.
• December Christmas Gift Alternatives:
What can you give the person who has everything, or at least who has "enough?" How about supporting a small business start-up for a former street child in Kenya or providing groceries for local families in need, after-school programing for children in Philadelphia or a winter coat for a child in Oklahoma? These and many other gifts are available through our Gift Alternatives Program, which will be available until December 24. Your tax-free donation can help meet one of these needs and provide a Christmas gift to a family member, teacher, employee or friend so they can share in the gift of giving. You may also make a special donation in your name. Gifts of any value are appreciated!
• Sunday, December 22: On Sunday, December 22 we will celebrate with music and song and a feast. Our early service at 8:30 a.m. will feature a spontaneous sing-a-long of your favorite Christmas carols. Pick out your favorite to suggest and come enjoy the singing. Then stay or join us at 10:30 a.m. for a traditional service of Lessons and Carols, where we will hear nine Old and New Testament passages predicting and describing the coming of the Christ into the world, interspersed with carols and songs celebrating this event in music. Finally, stay for our annual Christmas Brunch at which we will enjoy good food and fellowship in keeping with the spirits of this season.
• Tuesday, December 24: We will gather on Christmas Eve for evening worship at 7:30 p.m. in final anticipation of the wondrous birth of Christ Jesus. The Christ Candle on the Advent Wreath will be lit, symbolizing the coming of God into the world through his Son and His offer of salvation to all. Please join us throughout December as we revere and remember what Christmas means, and prepare ourselves to live for Christ in the coming New Year.