The 2018 Christmas Season
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We have a full...and wonderful...Christmas season at AUMC. Here is an overview of what you can expect.
Please know that you are invited to attended any and ALL of these events!
301 North College Ave.
Aledo, IL 61231
Sunday, November 25, 4PM-6:30PM- The Hanging of the Greens
Please join us as we prepare our hearts and church for the coming Christmas season. There will be fun, food and
activities for the entire family. We encourage everyone, young and old, to mark your calendar and take time out of
your busy schedules to be a part of something special.
Sunday, December 2- The 1st Sunday of the Christmas season
The church will be decorated and the first Advent Candle- symbolic of the season of Christmas- will be lit at all 3 morning worship services- 8AM, 9:15AM & 10:30AM. At the 8AM and 9:15AM worship services, we begin our new sermon series Silent Night, Holy Night, celebrating the 200th year of the beloved carol. Communion will be offered at all 3 services. At the 10:30AM service, the children of the congregation will bring the message for the day as they present their annual Nativity play.
Friday, December 7, 5:30PM- The Aledo Main Street Electric Parade/Live Nativity
Our church will once again offer a live Nativity uptown AND have our bus driving in the parade!
Sunday, December 9- The 2nd Sunday of the Christmas season
The second Advent Candle will be lit at all 3 worship services. At 8AM, 10:30AM and 6PM, our choir will present their Christmas Cantata- Jesus: the Advent of the Messiah. Celebrate His arrival and worship the Holy Child with this exciting musical for choir, soloist(s), and two narrators. A collaborative work by Mary McDonald and Rose Aspinall, "Jesus!" glorifies the Son of the Most High with both familiar melodies and new songs of praise. And whether sung with Ed Hogan's moving orchestration or with piano alone, it will take your Christmas experience beyond the manger as congregations and performers will learn anew the story of the birth of our Savior, the King of Kings and Lord of Lords, Jesus. At the 9:15AM worship service, we will continue to walk through Silent Night, Holy Night. Communion will be offered at 9:15AM. A Luncheon, sponsored by our United Methodist Men, will be offered at 11:45AM.
Sunday, December 16- The 3rd Sunday of the Christmas season
The third Advent Candle will be lit at all 3 worship services. We will continue to walk through Silent Night, Holy Night. Communion will be offered at 9:15AM. At 2PM, we will have our annual All-Church Christmas Caroling event.
Sunday, December 23- The 4th Sunday of the Christmas season
The fourth Advent Candle will be lit at all 3 morning worship services. We will continue to walk through Silent Night, Holy Night. Communion will be offered at 9:15AM.
The next evening, December 24th, we will celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ with 2 very special Candlelight Services.
At 7PM, we will light the Christ candle and sing LOTS of great Christmas carols!
At 11PM, BOTH the Chancel and Bell Choirs will share their marvelous gifts with us. In addition, we will light the
Christ candle and sing LOTS of great Christmas carols!
Both services will end with a guitar-led candlelight singing of “Silent Night”. Communion will be offered at both evening services.
Christmas Eve is truly a night that changed the world. Please take an hour out of your holiday schedule to join your church family in celebrating the arrival of a baby in a manger who offers us grace, hope, peace, and love! Come
to worship throughout the Christmas season, expecting God to show up in and touch your life in powerful ways!