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As we explore Jesus' Family Tree in December, we have asked church staff, church members and friends of 1st United Methodist to share their favorite stories of the season in daily devotions.  

These devotions will be e-mailed each day starting on December 3rd and going through Christmas Day on December 25th.  

To receive these in your inbox each day just click on the link below. 


You can also find these at 1stmaryville.blogspot.com.

advent & christmas

2017 events

  • Sundays in Advent

    December 3rd, 10th, 17th, & 24th

    Anticipation runs high as we approach Christmas Day.  It is a time for celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ.  The weeks leading up to this important day are met with much preparation during  a season called Advent.   From special focus on preparing our hearts and minds for Christ's arrival, to special traditions like the lighting of the Advent candles, we invite you to help prepare the way for peace, love, joy and hope.

  • Contemporary Worship Christmas Special

    December 3rd

    10:30 am in Asbury Hall (lower level)

    We kick off the season with this special morning of music.  The 1st UMC Praise Band brings you a mix of familiar Christmas music and some tunes you may not know in this one hour of music celebrating Christ's birth. 

  • Children's Christmas Program & Craft Time

    December 3rd

    5:00 pm (Sanctuary & Asbury Hall)

    Come join us on this December evening as the children's choirs of 1st UMC present "Christmas is Jesus."    This musical presentation begins in the Sanctuary.   Afterward, everyone is invited to Asbury Hall for snacks and crafts. 

  • Wednesday Noonday Worship

    December 6th, 13th & 20th


    This year, there are  three Wednesdays between the start of Advent and Christmas Day. You are invited to join the church family in special Noonday services in the Sanctuary followed by a light lunch in Wesley Hall

  • Morning Glory Christmas Cantata

    December 10th

    8:15 am in the Sanctuary (upper level)

    The Morning Glory Chorus is proud to present Pepper Choplin's "I Hear the Prophet Callin' " (The Christmas Story from Prophecy to Fulfilment)".  This special work of music uses an Appalachian-folk style to tell the story of our Redeemer's birth. It includes a cajun style rendition of "Go Tell it on the Mountain."  Please join us during the 8:15 Traditional Worship service as we prepare our hearts and minds for Christ's coming! 

  • Chancel Choir Cantata

    December 17th

    10:30 am & 7:00 pm

    Sanctuary (upper level)

    Advent is a time of spiritual preparation as we journey to Bethlehem to welcome the birth of our Savior Jesus Christ. Music plays an important part in this preparation.

    Carols tell the story of Jesus’ birth in ways that are both familiar yet new each year. The 1st UMC Chancel Choir brings a selection of classic carols to life in their annual cantata.

    Come hear old favorites like “O Holy Night”, “Joy to the World” and “Silent Night”. In addition, there will be some new favorites all accompanied by the 1st UMC Orchestra for a truly memorable worship experience through sacred music.

    Performances will be held in the Sanctuary during the 10:30 am worship service as well as 7:00 pm Sunday December 17, 2017. Hope to see you there!

    The Sunday evening presentation will be taped for airing on television at a later date. 

  • Celebrate Recovery presents:

    The Word Players in See Rock City

    December 20th

    6:30 pm in Asbury Hall (lower level)

  • Combined Morning Worship

    December 24th at 10:30 am

    Sanctuary (upper level)

    All three of our regular Sunday morning worship services will come together for one service in the Sanctuary.  It will be a time for observing the last Sunday of the Advent season, a time for preparing for the arrival of Christ. 

    On this day we light the last of the four smaller candles of the Advent wreath.  This one symbolizes peace.  Later on, we will light the Christ candle as part of our Christmas Eve worship services (4:00, 7:00 & 10:00 pm).

  • Christmas Eve Candlelight Worship

    Especially for Children & Families

    Sunday, December 24th

    4:00 pm

  • Christmas Eve Candlelight Worship

    Traditional Services

    Sunday, December 24th

    7:00 & 10:00 pm in the Sanctuary (upper level)