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Preparing for Christmas

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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

Birthday is December 18

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

Mary, Mother of God

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

Celebrate Christmas!

Find a church for Christmas

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

2018 State of the Church Report

The choir sings during worship at Nazareth United Methodist Church in Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire. Photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS.

A look at The UMC today

It is a season of change as we prepare for a called session of General Conference in 2019. Yet, as these stories illustrate, “the mission is yet alive.” Read More

For Christmas & New Year

Downloadable Christmas illustrations for your home. Illustration by Troy Dossett

Downloadable prayers for your home

“Help us to make room for the blessings that are in store for us.” Read and share these printable prayers to focus on faith as Christmas approaches. Download

Ask the UMC

Nativity set from Peru, photographed at the Upper Room Museum in Nashville, Tenn. Photo by Mike DuBose, United Methodist Communications.

Does Christmas have roots in pagan beliefs?

A look at the long history of celebrating Christmas on December 25 and how the early church arrived at that date. Read More

New Book for Advent

The Oakville Ballet Company in Ontario performs

Finding faith in "The Nutcracker"

You may be very familiar with this seasonal favorite, but a United Methodist pastor says we can see it in a new way through the lens of faith. Read More

Daily Devotional

The Trek by Robert Hruzek. Photo courtesy of Creative Commons

Today’s prayers and resources

Spend some time in prayer each day with these resources from The Upper Room. Read More