advent schedule & events

ADVENT SCHEDULE     -     VIRTUAL ALTERNATIVE GIVING FAIR     -     A VIRTUAL SERVICE OF HOPE & LIGHT

THE WAY OF THE MANGER     -     DECEMBER PRAYER CALENDAR     -     HOME FOR THE HOLY DAYS

advent schedule

Livestream Traditional Sunday WorshipDecember 6, 13, 20 & 27 at 11:00 a.m.  


Pastors’ Virtual Midweek Advent Bible Study - Begins December 2 & 3. Continues every Wednesday evening and Thursday morning through Advent.  For more information, click here


Handel’s Virtual Messiah Concert - Friday, December 4 at 7:00 p.m.  For more information, click here.


Parking Lot Worship with Communion - Sunday, December 6 at 4:00 p.m.  Pre-registration required.  Click here to register.


Messy Church Online - Tuesday, December 8.  For more information, click here


Virtual Alternative Giving Fair - Saturday, December 12 from 1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.  More information below.


A Virtual Service of Hope & Light - Saturday, December 19 at noon.  More information below.


The Way of the Manger:  Drive-thru Living Nativity - Saturday, December 19 from 3:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.  More information below.


Christmas Eve:  Thursday, December 24

3:00 p.m. Parking Lot Worship with Communion

5:00 p.m.  Virtual Family Worship & Children’s Pageant

7:00 p.m.  Virtual Christmas Eve Worship

9:00 p.m.  Virtual Christmas Eve Worship


Christmas Day:  Friday, December 25

7:00 a.m.  Virtual Christmas Day Worship



Respite Care Benefit Concert & Open House and Carols ‘Round the Chrismon Tree

Due to the current conditions, we will not be having these two events this Advent Season. We eagerly await their return in 2021! 

VIRTUAL

alternative giving fair

14th Annual Alternative Giving Fair goes Virtual!


Invitation to Share God’s Abundance by Zoom


Saturday, December 12 from 1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.


Consider which Christmas gifts you might give in honor of your family and friends - gifts that may change the life of someone you will never meet. How will you share the wonder of the season with gifts in honor of your friends and family? What touches your heart? Water for a village? A goat? Providing an encounter with God for children, youth, or college students, Global outreach, Food for a hungry child? Mark your calendar now to share a virtual experience with local and global outreach non-profit organizations. Not only will you have the opportunity to transform someone else’s world, you just may transform your own.


While we are unable to “shop” in-person, due to COVID 19 concerns, we CAN gather together by zoom! Together we can hear brief overviews of participating non-profits and see some beautiful video clips of their work, speak directly to organization representatives and say hi to one another. Information to donate or purchase any items for sale will be provided during the fair. For each donation made, you will receive a Christmas card designed by one of our very own youth members, filled out for your use in giving to the recipient of your gift.


This Christmas season give a gift that will transform someone’s life in a way that another tie, sweater, or toy cannot do. You can participate in this opportunity together with one another at Williamsburg United Methodist Church’s Alternative Giving Fair.


Zoom link coming soon!

A Virtual SERVICE

OF HOPE & LIGHT

Saturday, December 19 at noon


The holiday season is hard for those whose hearts are hurting. You are not alone. A Service of Hope & Light is a gentle, contemplative worship service for those who are carrying pain or loss during this season.


Join us on our website, click here or Facebook: @williamsburgumc

THE way of the manger

Saturday, December 19 from 3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.


We are excited to offer a special Christmas and Advent experience in our parking lot, Saturday, December 19 from 3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. “The Way of the Manger” is an outdoor, drive-through live nativity with scenes that tell the Christmas story and share the good news of Christ’s birth. We will even have some live animals! This will be an event for the entire community.

DECEMBER PRAYER CALENDAR

Our December Prayer Calendar, beginning December 1, is designed to help us as a church family to anticipate the coming of Emmanuel, God with us.   What would be a sign of Jesus’ intrusion into our lives?  One would be the fulfillment of the words of the Prophets:  “Then you will call, and the LORD will answer; You will cry, and He will say, ‘Here I am.’  If you . . . give yourself to the hungry and satisfy the desire of the afflicted, then your light will rise in darkness and your gloom will become like midday” (Isaiah 58:9-10).


Our journey through the days of December may prompt a deep reflection on the joy of receiving God’s abundance, and the privilege of sharing with the poor of our land and God’s world through the Advent Offering for Global Hunger.


Bless you in your footsteps on that journey.


December Prayer Calendar

"HOME FOR THE HOLY DAYS"


Recorded Advent Devotions


Often, the weeks leading up to Christmas are a whirlwind of busyness and stress. Perhaps, this year, we are being offered the grace of letting go of all holiday expectations from years past. The pandemic does present us with a special opportunity to rekindle the power of faith practices in the home. This Advent, we will offer an online recorded time to gather together, light Advent candles, listen to and reflect upon words of scripture, and pray.


May the Holy Spirit use these simple, meaningful moments to draw you and your family into the wonder and peace of this time when we prepare our hearts to welcome Jesus, our Savior, once again.

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