When I first read that University United Methodist Church (UUMC) is doing a traditional children’s Christmas pageant, I was immediately thrown back in time to the Christmas that I managed to wrangle a part in my church’s production – I was a non-descript “Holy Admirer”. In fact, as a young child I never passed up on any opportunity to perform publicly during the holidays. One year I was in my school’s holiday choral production as a rather charming and glittery angel, and for two years running I was in my community’s holiday parade riding on a float waving to my adoring masses.
At Christmas time it’s very easy to get caught up in the hustle and lament that the season is only about getting gifts. I can’t tell you a single gift or toy I got for Christmas any of those years. But I can tell you that no angel in that choir sang “O, Holy Night” louder or prouder. When I was in that parade I tossed out candy canes like it was my life’s mission. And I was the holiest of adoring admirers hovered over that manger that year. Memories like these are truly what make Christmas and all holidays special for children.
The UUMC Children's Christmas Pageant will be held on Sunday, December 11 at 6:30 PM. The event is free and open to all. After the production, children will lead the congregation in singing some of their favorite Christmas carols– I defy anyone to walk out of that church not bursting with some serious holiday spirit!
The Church is hosting many other events in December that are open to the community. Below are a few of highlights of the offerings; for a full list visit: http://www.chapelhilluumc.org/index.php/advent.
Advent Lessons & Carols Worship Service (December 4, 10:55 a.m.): The Advent Lessons and Carols features readings from the scriptures interspersed with music sung by choirs and congregation including the Cherub Choir, the Jubilee Choir, the Youth Choir and the Chancel Choir. Rather than the traditional sermon, the readings with their musical reflections will be the message.
Moravian Love Feast (December 18, 7:00 p.m.): The Chancel Choir and Covenant Handbells will lead the music for this beautiful celebration of the season. Enjoy Moravian buns and sweet coffee and raise candles bright. Childcare for children up to 5 years old will be provided.
Family Christmas Eve Service (December 24, 5:30 p.m.): Experience the wonder of Christmas through the eyes of children as families gather for a short service of story, carols and lots of fun! Music will be provided by the Cherub Choir. Holy Communion will be available in the chapel following this service.
Candlelight Communion Christmas Eve Service (December 24, 8:00 and 10:30 p.m.): The traditional Christmas Eve services will feature a sermon by The Reverend Carl King, Christmas hymns, Holy Communion and a soloist's rendition of "O Holy Night" before concluding with "Silent Night" sung by the congregation in a candlelit sanctuary.
Christmas Worship Service (December 25, 10:55 a.m. only): This informal worship service will include traditional Christmas carols as we celebrate the true meaning of the day. The offering may include gifts of winter clothing for the women and children of Home Start.
I'm warning the UUMC folks now -- I may not still fit into those glittery angel wings but it rarely takes much prompting to get me to belt out a few lines of “Hark the Herald Angels Sing”...usually at the top of my out-of-tune lungs!