Sundays of Advent: God Came Down
Sundays, November 29, December 6, 13 and 20 | 8:30 a.m. and 10:00 a.m.
Join us for worship during Advent as we consider the truth of the Christmas hymn Once in Royal David’s City, “He came down to earth from heaven.” What does it mean to say that God came down to live among us? It’s that God comes to us, the people and places and habits and actions that often get overlooked. In such a strange and difficult year, there couldn’t be better news that this: God comes down to us, and God is with us in all things, even those places where we might never imagine God to be found. Join us each we as we explore those unexpected places, remembering always that God is with us.
Service of Hope and Consolation Thursday, December 17 | 6:30 p.m.
All who are hurting or suffering any kind of loss during this season are invited to join us for a service of Scripture, prayers, music and candles of remembrance.
Christmas Eve Live Nativity and Worship December 24 | 4:30 p.m. and 5:00 p.m.
A live Nativity will begin at 4:30 p.m. in the Pavilion followed by a worship service at 5:00 p.m. of Scripture, music, Holy Communion and our traditional candle lighting on the lawn in front of the Scout hut. Come celebrate with us under the stars!
Christmas Eve Live-Streamed Worship | December 24 | 7:00 p.m.
Join us on Facebook Live for Christmas Eve worship from our sanctuary. The service includes special music and prayers as we celebrate this holy night together.
Midweek Prayer Wednesdays | 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Each Wednesday of Advent, our sanctuary will be open for personal prayer and reflection. No more than ten (10) people may be in the sanctuary at one time. Come and enjoy the beauty of our Advent decorations, and spend some quiet time with God. To guide your time of prayer, we have prepared this Advent Prayer Guide.
Advent Devotionals Available now
Pick up your free Advent Devotional, available at outdoor worship and outside the church offices, to guide you in spending intentional time with God throughout this holy season.
Advent Small Groups Sundays | 9:00 a.m.
Our Sunday school Zoom class is studying Incarnation by Adam Hamilton on Sundays at 9:00 a.m. Limited supply of books available through the church. Reflect on beloved Christmas Carols using a daily devotion and weekly Zoom meetings to reflect upon the importance of the Advent season. To participate or for more details on either study, email Kristen@fumcbelmont.org.
Feeding the Children
We are awaiting plans from Gaston County to guide us in serving our community this winter break. Feeding the Children as we are used to doing, will not be happening but we are coordinating with the county to ensure children’s needs are met during the break. It is likely we will still need volunteers to help us deliver meals. If you are interested, please email Kristen@fumcbelmont.org to inquire and to be contacted when we have more information.
Reverse Advent Bags for the B.C.O.
Celebrate the gift of giving each day during this Christmas season with a reverse Advent calendar. Rather than receiving something each day, our Reverse Advent calendars will encourage us to practice giving. Pick up a bag at our 8:30 a.m. worship services on November 29th or December 6th or outside the church offices at your convenience. Then, place one canned good, dry good or toiletry item in the bag each day during Advent leading up to Christmas. Bring your bag to the church on January 3rd between 8:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. and place collected items in bins provided.
Special this year! Our Service and Missions team has purchased reusable collection bags for our Reverse Advent Bags. When you return your items, you will place items in a bin and take your bag home. Then, you are encouraged to grab one item on each grocery visit to place in your bag and return to the church every first Sunday of the month.
**If you are a member of the vulnerable population who continues to remain at home, we will gladly deliver a bag to your home so that you can participate. Call Sharon Lochaby at 704-608-2523 to request a bag.
ZOE Alternative Giving
You can still support ZOE and our alternative giving efforts this Christmas! Simply visit www.zoeempowers.org and click donate then select shop gifts in the top right corner of your screen. Choose your gift(s), and when prompted include FUMC-Belmont as the church’s name to ensure your donation is credited to our newest community, Ikirenga. You will then have an option to receive cards as we have done in the past. If you would like to give to ZOE but prefer not to use the ZOE site, please call Kristen Surratt at 803-417-4477. We can take payment at church.
Christmas Eve Offering
Our Christmas Eve offering will go towards our Weekend Backpack Ministry. COVID-19 has impacted two important opportunities in which we typically offer our support to this ministry at Mother’s Day and Father’s Day. However, the ministry and needs continue as volunteers are still packing bags monthly to go home with children facing food insecurity on the weekends.
Children’s St. Nicholas Day Gathering December 6 | 4:00
Our children will gather on December 6th from 4:00 – 5:00 p.m. for a time of fellowship outdoors, a lesson on St. Nicholas and fellowship with Christmas Bingo. For more information and to register, visit www.fumcbelmont.org/join-us/children.
Youth Outdoor Movie Night December 11 | 6:30 – 8:30
Bundle up for a movie, popcorn, hot cocoa and s’mores by the fire. Admission is one package of socks for the homeless. Sign up by December 6.