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John and Charles Wesley prepare to burn notes on Watch Night, illustration from the Wesleys Take the Web series by Jonathan Richter and Charlie Baber.

Wesleys Take the Web: Watch Night

Out with the old and in with a new commitment to God. John and Charles observe Watch Night on New Year's Eve in this new animated episode. View

The St. John's United Methodist Church Choir in Lubbock, Texas performs

United Methodists sing “Lessons and Carols”

Celebrate Christmas with this service of Lessons and Carols from the United Methodist Hymnal (pp. 284-288), sung by United Methodist choirs around the world. Read More

Screen grab from video courtesy of Buda United Methodist Church.

The Christmas story as told by children

Children from Buda United Methodist Church present a touching version of Jesus’ birth complete with angels, a slightly grumpy donkey and a very tiny king. View

An artist's depiction of Francis Asbury's ordination at the Christmas Conference of 1784 at Lovely Lane Chapel in Maryland.

Methodist History: The Christmas Conference

“Every Methodist preacher in America left their homes and their parish on Christmas Eve. For them the important place to be was in the church forming this denomination." View

United Methodist youth group members sign Christmas cards to be delivered to inmates in Pennsylvania. Photo courtesy of Marilyn Schneider.

Church Christmas Cards Show Care to Prisoners

Church members signed and delivered more than 8,000 greetings to remind inmates that God loves them. View

Choirs perform Christmas hymns at Barratt's Chapel's annual Christmas Carols concert in 2016.Image from video by Kisker Productions for United Methodist Communications.

Christmas Carols at United Methodist Landmark

Step back in time and enjoy traditional hymns at Barratt's Chapel. “Worshipers were singing those same carols here, same notes, same words, 200 years ago, and that’s special.” View

Advent Meditation: O Come, O Come Emmanuel

The human condition can, at times, be one of struggle, yet through faith, the spirit rises above even tragedy, and hope and love prevail. View

Advent Reflection: Waiting on the Light

"Advent done well helps us center ourselves." Watch and share this meditation on how to prepare yourself for the birth of Jesus. View

Author and pastor Adam Hamilton shares about Joseph, the earthly father of Jesus. Photo courtesy the Rev. Adam Hamilton.

Christmas through Joseph's Eyes with Adam Hamilton

United Methodist pastor and best-selling author of “Faithful,” shares lessons about character, faith, and fatherhood from Joseph, the earthly father of Jesus. Listen

United Methodists around the world celebrate Christmas

Christmas is a season of anticipation, giving and joy. Here's a look at how United Methodist churches around the world celebrate the birth of Our Lord. Read More

UMTV: Border Separates Families at Christmas

For those divided by the border fence between San Diego and Tijuana, the wall is a reminder of Mary and Joseph's experience of rejection. View

Charles Wesley sings John a Christmas hymn he is writing in an illustration from the Wesleys Take the Web series. Courtesy of  United Methodist Communications.

Wesleys Take the Web: Advent Anthem

This episode of the animated series about the founders of Methodism takes us back to when a favorite seasonal hymn was just words on a page. View

Image of Joseph in stained glass. Photo by Fr. Lawrence Lew, courtesy Flickr.

Faithful Father: Lessons from Joseph

‘No other man had a greater influence on Jesus in mentoring him and shaping him than Joseph.’ Adam Hamilton shares thoughts about this faithful figure. View

St. Louis Salvation Army sign in a photo by Thomas Hawk, shared via Flickr, Creative Commons

Methodist History: The Salvation Army

The red kettles are a familiar sight at Christmastime. But did you know the group has deep ties to Methodism and Wesleyan tradition? View

A creche from Columbia is part of the Nativity Museum at First United Methodist in Tullahoma, Tenn. Photo by Kathryn Price.

New Ways to See the Nativity Scene

Video points out small details in the familiar figures of a manger scene which give added meaning to the story of Christ's birth. View

Volunteers place wreaths on every gravestone at Central Texas Veterans Cemetery at Killeen.

Holiday Wreaths for Veterans

Some volunteers in Texas have chosen to honor soldiers' sacrifices with a special holiday tradition. View

An Advent wreath with four lit candles represents the fourth week of Advent.  Photo by Kathleen Barry, United Methodist Communciations

A Prayer for the Advent Season

"Let something wonderful begin in us." Video reflection offers inspiration and words to share during this Advent season. View

The Rev. David Fison interprets the Christmas story through a 12-foot Tsimshian Indian-style totem pole he designed and carved from yellow cedar at his home in Anchorage, Alaska. A UMNS photo by Mike DuBose.

Christmas Totem Pole

A United Methodist pastor carved the Christmas story into a totem pole. A raven represents the angels, and Mary and Joseph journey to Nazareth in a dugout canoe. View

A shopper leaves with gifts from 61st Avenue United Methodist Church's Last Minute Toy Store. Video image courtesy of United Methodist Communications.

Last Minute Toy Store

A United Methodist church helps parents make their children's dreams come true on Christmas morning. View

Volunteers at East Lake United Methodist Church in Palm Harbor, Florida make toys for kids in need. Video image by United Methodist Communications.

Santa’s Toymakers at Church

United Methodist volunteers have made 25,000 toys for kids in need. "It's not just what's going in the box, it's what's going on inside that building." View

Chuck Knows Church lights and Advent Wreath and talks about the significance of each candle.

Chuck Knows Church: Advent Wreath

Advent is a time of anticipation. Chuck looks at the symbolism in using an Advent wreath to count the weeks to Christmas. View

Members of The Gathering United Methodist Church install a well in a rural community in Mozambique. Image from video courtesy of The Gathering.

Churches Give Clean Water for Africa

“126,000 people have access to safe water who didn’t five years ago.” Partnership between Missouri and Mozambique is changing lives. View

Volunteers at Edgewater United Methodist Church recycle bikes into a child's favorite Christmas gift

Bikes for Christmas

Volunteers recycle bikes into a child's favorite Christmas gift. View

While being held in a POW camp in the U.S. during World War II, German prisoners made this Nativity. Video image courtesy of United Methodist Communications.

POW Nativity Scene

While being held in a POW camp in the U.S. during World War II, German prisoners constructed a very special holiday creation. View

Chuck explores the story of the Three Kings from the Gospel of Matthew.

Chuck Knows Church: Wise Men

The first visitors who came to worship the Baby Jesus are called the Wise Men or the Three Kings. View

Trash Trees for Christmas

New York church goes green with non-traditional trees that get attention. "This must be a really quirky place. People must be fun here." View

Members of AfterHours Denver sing hymns with the homeless in Civic Center Park on Christmas Day 2014. Video image by Deniger Stories for AH Denver.

Denver Church Celebrates Christmas with the Homeless

If you ever doubt there is God’s work going on in the world, watch 600 volunteers spend the holiday with their homeless brothers and sisters. View

Church members from Apex UMC take part in a Las Posadas.

Las Posadas: Welcoming Jesus

“Posadas is a beautiful chaos and today is no exception.” Follow along as church members reenact the Christmas story with their neighbors. View

Chuck Knows Church looks for the meaning behind the symbols seen on a Chrismon Tree.

Chuck Knows Church: Chrismon Tree

Chrismon combines the words Christ and monogram. Chuck takes a look at the meaning behind the fish, crowns, Celtic crosses and other symbols on the Chrismon Tree. View

Chuck Knows Church talks about the distractions that get in the way of Christmas.

Chuck Knows Church: Christmas Comes Into Focus

Chuck offers focus to those who feel overwhelmed by the many distractions of the Christmas season. View

Chuck decodes the meaning behind the colors you see around your church at certain times of the year.

Chuck Knows Church: Liturgical Colors

Chuck decodes the meaning behind the colors you see around your church at certain times of the year. View

Texas rancher Glen Fisher talks about how he relates to the shepherds at the Nativity.

Modern Shepherd at Christmas

Herding is one of the world's oldest occupations, and shepherds are some of the key figures in the story of Christ's birth. View

Microloans made through the Nyadire Connection empower farmers and small business owners in Zimbabwe

Microloans for Christmas

A college student asked his peers to give small gifts to support a Zimbabwe farmer. Donations buy chickens, dig wells, and pay school fees. View

With the help of ZOE, Purity Muthoni is able to support her family. The orphans are self-supporting.

UMTV: Christmas for AIDS Orphans

Some children orphaned by AIDS in Africa can now grow crops and share the fruits of their success with others. View

A volunteer wraps gifts for Open Arms, a ministry of churches in North Carolina.

Secret Santa

A stealthy group of volunteers helps fulfill Christmas wishes while preserving the parental pleasure of giving gifts. View

First United Methodist Church of Tullahoma, Tennessee hosts a Nativity museum.

Nativities Tell Christmas Stories

While Nativity scenes tell the story of the birth of Jesus, they also come with life stories for the people who own them. View