Sometimes, Christmas Eve can be a blur. After the frenzy of shopping, parties, baking, and pre-celebrations with family and friends, it’s easy to approach Christmas Eve worship at that same warp speed intensity. This year, we invite you to do something a little bit differently. As part of our new Welcoming Ministries initiative, and to help encourage Christmas Eve fellowship between the congregation and visitors while we prepare the Sanctuary for each coming service, we’re opening up Wesley Hall and stocking it with treats and beautiful music to soothe your jangled holiday senses in preparation for worship.
Please join us in the toasty warmth of Wesley Hall starting at 6:00 pm before the 7:00 pm service — as well as an hour before the 9:00 and 11:00 pm services — to enjoy refreshments and fellowship while the Sanctuary is being tidied and refreshed for the next service. World-class cellist Dace Sultanov will provide delightful Christmas Eve cello accompaniment to our gathering from 6:15 – 6:45 and 8:15 – 8:45 pm. The Sanctuary doors will be opened 25 minutes prior to the beginning of each service.
We hope you enjoy this special opportunity to slow down, listen to Dace’s beautiful cello music, and exchange Christmas Eve greetings to one another in preparation for our beautiful candlelight worship experience that says “Christmas is here” better than anything else I know of.
And on a more personal note, this year of all years I especially look forward to the beauty and majesty of our FUMCFW Christmas Eve Candlelight Service where we will join together to celebrate the one thing we do know for sure in the midst of unsettling times and world events. What more fitting way to celebrate Nativity Seen than to all come together in celebration through worship and fellowship on this very special night. I look forward to seeing each of you there!
Lisa Helm is the Director of Welcoming Ministries, a new ministry devoted to making sure all who enter our campus feel welcome, safe, and cared for by our church — on Sundays and beyond!