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Little known facts about Christmas add to the season. Photo via

Five things you may not know about Christmas

Even United Methodists who know a lot about Christmas, always have more to learn. See if you know any of these little-known facts about the season. Read More

Poet Laureate, Hymn Composer

Image of Charles Wesley. Courtesy of United Methodist Commission on Archives and History.

Charles Wesley’s Gift of Music

John's younger brother made his own contribution as “the poet laureate and great writer of Methodism.” View

'I am the Lord's servant'

The image of Mary, the mother of Jesus, has resonance around the world. From left, here are Persian, Byzantine and Kenyan depictions of the woman who has lessons for disciples today. Photo illustration by Kathleen Barry, United Methodist Communications

Words of wisdom from mother Mary

With great faith, Christ’s mother challenged social expectations. She offers lessons for our Christian witness today. Read More

Las Posadas

Members of Humboldt Park United Methodist Church in Chicago joined in an ecumenical Las Posadas procession. The re-enactment of Mary and Joseph’s search for safe lodging carries special resonance for at least one family at the church. Photo courtesy of the Rev. Paula Cripps-Vallejo.

How an immigrant family found room at the inn

Las Posadas is the Mexican tradition of re-enacting Joseph and Mary’s search for safe lodging for Christ’s birth. For one family, the tradition has special resonance. Read More

Worship the Lord

Find a church for Christmas

Looking for a church? Our online database can find the United Methodist churches near you. Read More

Ask the UMC

Glendale United Methodist Church in Nashville is decorated for the Advent/Christmas season. Photo by Steven Kyle Adair, United Methodist Communications.

How long is the Christmas season?

Do you know the dates the Christmas season begins and ends? Read More

Finding God in Films

In the movie Elf, Buddy tells Jovie “The best way to spread Christmas cheer is singing loud for all to hear!” Press photo courtesy of New Line Cinema.

What pop culture characters can teach us about God

God can speak to us in so many ways. When we are listening, we can even hear his words in some of today's media. Read More

How We Serve

Cindy Bishop, Wesley Nurse, leads a nutrition class in the community center of a colonia, east of Edinburg, Texas. Bishop is based at the First United Methodist Church in Edinburg, one of 88 church-based Wesley Nurses employed by Methodist Healthcare Ministries of South Texas. The nurses focus on improving the health of the uninsured. Photo by Sam Hodges, UMNS.

Wesley Nurses offer care, prayer

Church program puts registered nurses in United Methodist churches across south Texas, with focus on helping the uninsured. Read More

Daily Devotional

Today’s prayers and resources

Spend some time in prayer preparing for Christmas with these resources from The Upper Room. Read More