When we return to worship, we should be prepared for things to be different. File photo by Kathleen Barry, United Methodist Communications.

The Christian Year

With other Christians, The United Methodist Church celebrates the special days of the Christmas season (Advent, Christmas, Epiphany) and the Easter season (Lent, Easter, Pentecost).

Other special Christian days fall during Ordinary Time, including Trinity Sunday, All Saints' Day and Christ the King Sunday.

Find out more about these special times of the year.

Chart of the liturgical colors for the Christian Year.


Ask The UMC: What is Ordinary Time?

The Christian year includes two central cycles focused on major events in the life of Christ: the Christmas cycle and Easter cycle. Ordinary Time follows each. But why the name “ordinary” and what does the church emphasize during them?

Ghanaian immigrants gather for worship at Calvary United Methodist Church in Hamburg, Germany. They rent the sanctuary from the Evangelical Church, the state church of Germany. Photo by Mike DuBose, UM News.

Ask The UMC-FAQs

Do United Methodists observe Sabbath on Sunday?

Is there a difference between Sabbath and worship on Sunday?


Lent / Easter

Advent & Christmas


Other seasons