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The Star of Bethlehem, a watercolor by Edward Burne-Jones, Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery. Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

Topic: Advent and Christmas

Find stories, worship resources, prayers, videos and links about how The United Methodist Church celebrates the season of Christ’s birth. Read More

Illustration by Cindy Caldwell, United Methodist Communications

Advent Quiz: Test your knowledge of the season

Get a new question daily as we explore traditions and symbols of the season. And share the quiz with others! More

Thanksgiving centerpiece. Photo by Martin Cathrae, courtesy Flickr.

2014 Thanksgiving Celebrations for the Home

Taking time to prepare for a meaningful celebration of Thanksgiving helps express our faith. Read More

Christmas decorations, Throckmorton Church (Worcestershire, England) Christmas decorations on a window sill beside a stone corbel in Throckmorton church. Photo by Phillip Halling, courtesy Wikimedia Commons.

‘Hanging of the Greens’ Service of Worship

Evergreens, traditionally associated with everlasting life, are used to decorate churches during Advent in preparation for the coming of Christ. Read More

Youth of Centenary United Methodist Church in Los Angeles serve a meal during their annual

Easy ways to share gratitude this Thanksgiving

Whether starting a new tradition or involving kids more, get some fresh ideas to give the holiday added meaning for your family. Read More

Image of imprisoned man. Photo by the Rev. Rinaldy Damanik, courtesy GBOD.

Liturgy for the Persecuted Church

Nov. 9 is International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church. Special service enables Christians to pray for other Christians who are suffering. Read More

Veterans Day Worship Resources

Find suggestions for observing Veterans Day in worship. Visit Site

Photo illustration by Kathleen Barry, UMNS.

Prayer for Those Affected by Ebola

The Rev. Frederick Yebuah, a native of Ghana, reads a prayer he composed in response to the Ebola crisis. View

A cross pin reflects Cmdr. Laura Bender’s service to the military. Photo by Jay Malin, UMNS

Topic: Ministry With Those Who Serve

Find stories, resources and videos about how The United Methodist Church supports military families. Read More

The Forerunners of Christ with Saints and Martyrs by Fra Angelico (15th Century), National Gallery, London. Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

All Saints Day Worship Planning Resources

Celebrated this year on Nov. 2, this day is observed by remembering and thanking God for all saints, both living and dead, known and unknown. Visit Site

Mary and Joseph journey to Bethlehem. Illustration by Cindy Caldwell.

Advent and Christmas Worship Planning Resources

Find liturgies, prayers, music and more for your Advent and Christmas worship planning. Read More

Advent wreath with candles lit. Photo courtesy of iStockphoto.com.

Advent Wreath Candlelighting Meditations for Home and Church

These short meditations may be used with the weekly lighting of candles of a Advent wreath. Read More

Imagine No Malaria Advent Resources

Free worship resources, liturgies, prayers, videos and graphics will inspire your congregation to share a message of hope and help end malaria. View

Blue candles. Photo by Kathleen Barry, UMNS.

Blue Christmas service for those who mourn

Christmas can be a time of loneliness for those who are grieving. Special service creates sacred space for people 'where they are' and offers hope. Read More

Artwork for Rethink Church's Advent campaign,

Free Advent Resources: Sharing the Greatest Gift

Rethink Church has door hangers, sermon starters, graphics and a video to help your church share the true meaning of Christmas. Read More

2014 Advent Devotions, Prince of Peace, from Society of St. Andrew. Courtesy of the Society of St. Andrew.

Advent Devotions from the Society of St. Andrew

Reclaim the spiritual dimensions of the Advent season this year with the Society of St. Andrew devotional booklet, Prince of Peace. Read More

Poinsettia image courtesy iStockphoto.com.

Global Ministries Advent and Christmas Resources

Find resources to help your congregation prepare for Advent and celebrate the real meaning of Christmas. Read More

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Advent and Christmas Leadership Resources

Find resources to help your congregation prepare for Advent and celebrate the real meaning of Christmas. Read More

Nativity figures photographed for stock images. A UMNS photo by Kathleen S. Barry.; A UMNS photo by Kathleen S. Barry

The color blue in Advent

While the traditional color for Advent is purple, there is a growing interest in and acceptance of the color blue, which signifies hope, as an alternative. Read More

Receive this Alternative Christmas card from Society of St. Andrew as thanks for a gift to feed  hungry families in America. Courtesy of Society of St. Andrew.

Alternative Christmas Card from Society of St. Andrew

Your $12 donation provides about 600 servings of fresh, nutritious food to America’s hungry families. This card announces your gift in the name of your chosen honoree(s). Read More