Becca Stevens said, “Advent is a cup of longing that we get to drink from.” Let us drink from this cup of longing together with these Advent activities as we wait and keep watch for the coming of the Christ child.


Keep Watch With Me Study
Join the study Keep Watch With Me: An Advent Reader for Peacemakers by Claire Brown and Michael T. McRay. This is a daily devotional, and having a copy of the book is necessary. Pastor Kate has 25 copies of the book available for anyone who would like one. It can also be purchased at Cokesbury.  
 
With this study, you are invited to read the daily devotions and watch the videos that will be provided. These videos have been created for Belmont UMC by writers of the book’s devotionals. There will also be videos of Belmont musicians playing O Come, O Come, Emmanuel. Sign up here to have the videos emailed to you each week in Advent to accompany your daily devotions. Please contact Pastor Kate with any questions. 

Practicing Wonder
sermon series
November 28 - December 19
This sermon series will explore Jeremiah’s righteous branch, Malachi Fuller’s soap, Zephaniah’s redemption songs, Mary as an icon of faith and courage, and the image of God swaddled in bands of cloth. Click here to learn more.
 

The Poetry of Advent study
December 2-23
The Poetry of Advent: An Advent Companion to Mary Oliver’s Devotions study will be led by Pastor Heather on Thursday mornings at 10:00am beginning Thursday, December 2 and ending December 23.

This will be a hybrid offering (both in-person in room 203 and on Zoom). The guide for this study is available online or as a printed copy. Contact Pastor Heather if you would like a copy. You can purchase purchase Mary Oliver’s Devotions at Cokesbury. Please contact Pastor Heather with any questions.


Advent Family Craft Night
December 5

Belmont UMC’s Advent Family Craft Night will take place next Sunday, December 5, at 5:30pm in the Community Center. The youth will serve pizza under the tent. Donations are requested to cover the cost and proceeds will go toward the youth scholarship fund.

Family Craft Night is open to any age, so kids, parents, caregivers, and grandparents are all welcome.


Feast of Lights
December 12 
An in-person Feast of Lights service will be held on Sunday, December 12, at 6:00pm. Due to the pandemic, we will only fill the sanctuary to half-capacity (400 congregants). This service will be recorded and then livestreamed on Sunday, December 19, at 6:00pm on YouTube. Click here to learn more or to reserve your spot for the in-person service.

Advent Around a Fire
December 19
There will be two gatherings of this service which will take place outdoors at the home of John and Rita Collett on Sunday, December 19, at 5:00pm and 6:15pm. This will be similar to our Easter vigil where we will gather around a fire, saying liturgy and prayers together as we wait and keep watch for the Christ child. You can sign up to attend this beautiful service here. Please bring a chair to sit in. 

 

The Longest Night service
December 21
This service will take place in Belmont UMC’s sanctuary on Tuesday, December 21, at 6:00pm, the first day of winter and the longest night of the year. This service of comfort is meant to provide a space to reflect, grieve, and remember loved ones we have lost or wounds we carry. The Christmas season can be a very tough one for folks, and this service provides space to hold those feelings in community and to remember you are not alone.

Christmas Eve worship services
Friday, December 24
4:00pm at Rose Park (with Communion)
6:00pm in the sanctuary (with Communion and candlelighting)