North Georgia Notebook: Advent Events & Christmas Worship


You are invited to visit a United Methodist Church this Christmas! Scroll down to see Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve Worship schedules at several United Methodist Churches, plus find other happenings in our region below. Look up church address and contact information at

Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve Worship

Acworth UMC - Acworth, Ga. 
Christmas Eve Kids and Family Candlelight Service at 5 pm 
Traditional Candlelight Communion Service 7 pm 
Lessons and Carols Candlelight Communion Service at the 11 pm

Fields Chapel UMC - Canton, Ga.
Christmas Eve Outdoor Candlelight Service 6:30pm (weather permitting, indoor service otherwise.)
Pine Log UMC - Waleska, Ga.
Christmas Eve Service at 6 pm

Connexion Church - Covington, Ga
(2160 Church Street)
Christmas Eve Service at 4 pm 

Shepherd of the Hills UMC - Douglasville, Ga
Christmas Eve Candlelight and Communion services at 5 pm and 7 pm

Mt Carmel UMC - Newnan, Ga 
Christmas Eve Service at 5 pm 

Oak Grove UMC - Decatur, Ga.
Children & Family Christmas Eve Service at 3:00 pm in the Sanctuary
Acoustic Candlelight & Communion in Fellowship Hall at 5 pm
Traditional Candlelight & Communion in the Sanctuary at 5 and 8 pm 

Cannon UMC - Snellville, Ga.
Christmas Eve Family Worship 1 pm
Candlelight Worship 4 pm
Candlelight & Communion Worship 6, 9, 11 pm
(Childcare offered at 1,4, & 6pm for 3 years and younger.)

Hollydale UMC - Marietta, Ga. 
Christmas Eve Service at 7 pm

Allen Memorial UMC - Oxford, Ga. 
Do-It-Yourself Nativity at 2pm 
Candlelight service at 6 pm

Trinity UMC - Austell, Ga.
Christmas Eve Service at 6:30pm

St. John UMC - Augusta, Ga.
Christmas Eve Concert at 10:30 pm 
Lessons and Carols With Choir and orchestra at 11pm 

Red Oak UMC - Stockbridge, Ga.
Happy Birthday Jesus Birthday Party - Christmas Eve at 4:30 pm
Christmas Eve Candlelight Service at 6 pm and 11 pm 
Watch Night New Year's Eve Service at 10 pm

Sharp Memorial UMC - Young Harris, Ga.
Christmas Eve service at 6:30 PM (Pre-service music starts at 6:10)

Norcross First UMC - Norcross, Ga.
Christmas Eve service at 6:00 pm in Sanctuary 
New Year's Eve Watch Night Service at 10:30 pm in Chapel

Mt. Bethel UMC - Commerce, Ga. 
Christmas Eve service at 5pm

Embry Hills UMC - Tucker, Ga.
Christmas Eve Family Service at 5 pm 
Christmas Eve Candlelight Communion Service at 11pm.

Sugar Hill UMC - Sugar Hill, Ga
Christmas Eve service at 4 and 6 pm

Gainesville First UMC - Gainesville, Ga.
Christmas Eve Family Worship Service at noon 
Christmas Eve Living Waters (praise & worship)Service at 5 pm  
Christmas Eve Traditional Worship with Candlelight & Communion at 5, 7:30 and 11pm - 

Campbellton UMC, Fairburn, GA 
Christmas Eve service at 5:30 p.m. 

Mt Zion UMC in East Cobb County
Christmas Eve Services at 5, 7, and 11 pm.

Pleasant Hill UMC  
Christmas Eve Service at 6 p.m.

McEachern Memorial UMC - Powder Springs, Ga.
Christmas Eve Communion and candlelight Service at 3pm, 7pm, & 9pm
Kids and Carols Service at 5 pm
Christmas Eve Worshop in Spanish at 5pm

North Fayette UMC - Fayetteville, Ga.
Christmas Eve Service at 11:00 pm

St James UMC - Atlanta, Ga. 
Christmas Eve Candlelight Family service at 5pm
Christmas Eve Candlelight, Music, & Communion at 11 pm

Boynton UMC - Ringgold, Ga. 
Christmas Eve Family Service at 4 pm
Christmas Eve Candlelight Service at 6 & 11 pm.

Pleasant Valley UMC - Monroe, Ga.
Christmas Eve Candlelight Service at 5 pm

Conyers First UMC - Conyers, Ga. 
Christmas Eve Service at 5 pm (for families with children), 7 pm, and 11 pm

Advent Events and Updates

United Methodist Church Rethink Christmas Photo Challenge
Are you participating in the Rethink Christmas Photo challenge? The photo challenge involves taking a picture related to the given word of the day throughout the Advent season. Post your photos Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter for all too see with the hashtags #rethinkchristmas #rethinkchurch along with the word of the day. Please, tag us with your post so we can see and
re-share your photos!

Druid Hills UMC Provides an Advent Devotional Guide for The Holidays
Need help with your Advent Devotionals? Druid Hills UMC has provided a guide for those who need a little inspiration.View the guide HERE

Bethel UMC Atlanta Advent Concert Series Beginning December 5th
The second annual Advent Concert Series of Bethel UMC Atlanta has begun. The Tri-Cities High School of Perfomaning Arts recently blessed the community with a concert. Upcoming concerts include: Pebblebrook High School, Wednesday, 12/11 at 7:00 p.m. West Lake High School, Wednesday, 12/18 at 7:00 p.m. Metropolitan Atlanta Community Band, Sunday, 12/22 at 6:00 p.m. All performances are free to the public!

Empty Stocking Boxes Are Ready to Be Filled at Manchester First
Our Empty Stocking boxes are ready to receive our Christmas gifts for 44 needy children and youth in Manchester, Georgia. We are also grateful to have the opportunity to provide produce and canned food to their 19 families, hoping that they may be able to celebrate and feast on Christmas Day! To contribute, bring bames, dolls, balls, coats, toiletries and other gifts to Manchester First UMC!

Mountain View UMC Provides A Unique Bethlehem Walk Throughout December
Bethlehem Walk is a living and fully interactive re-creation of Bethlehem takes you back to the first century night when Jesus Christ was born.  This 2-acre city invites you to use your senses to experience a night in the little town of Bethlehem.  Visit the marketplace, taste the wares of the fruit shop, the vegetable shop, and bakery.  Visit with the innkeeper, or watch the potter and the carpenter craft their wares by hand.  Listen to the prophet proclaim God’s message.  Follow the wise men, who are seeking the child who has been born a king.  Join in singing with the angels and shepherds who gather around the manger.  See Mary and Joseph as they care for the new-born baby Jesus. As always, admission is free and so is the parking. Please contact us at for large groups or handicapped assistance. Bethlehem Walk is located on the corner of Jamerson Road and Trickum Road in Northeast Cobb County at Mountain View UMC, 2300 Jamerson Road in Marietta. Please know that there is nothing for sale in the city. Bethlehem Walk is our way of sharing a Christmas gift to our community. Bethlehem Walk takes place on these days and times: December 7th, 8th, 13th, 14th from 7:00-9:00PM,

Mountain View UMC is Also Offering Several Special Advent Services
Sunday December 8th at 11:00 a.m. is our Faith Traditions Christmas Cantata
Sunday December 15th at 9:30 a.m. is our Crossfire Contemporary Christmas music
Christmas eve services are at 5:00 for families and younger children, 7 and 11:00 for everyone.

East Point First Mallalieu To Host 4th Annual Christmas Concert December 8th
East Point First Mallalieu’s Unity Choir presents Christmas Tapestry. The performance features Mount Calvary Praise Ringers, Lori Christian and the Tri-Cities Advance Choir with Nathaniel Fisher as the performance conductor and Larry P. Marshal as the pipe organist. The concert will take place at the church at 4:00PM. Address is as follows: 2651 Church Street, East Point, GA 30344. Call 404-761-3183 for more information.

Drive Thru Nativity at Cornerstone UMC December 5th-8th
The Nativity will be taking place Dec. 5-8 from 6-10 pm each night. The church address is 2956 Highway 154 Newnan, GA 30265. Call 770-304-9397 or visit for more information.

First Congregational Church Atlanta Hosts Free Choral Concert on December 8th
Clark Atlanta University President Carlton E. Brown and First Lady Mrs. T. LaVerne Ricks-Brown invite you to enjoy the gifts of joy, peace and hope in this free, inspirational choral performance! For more information on the concert call

Mount Zion UMC of Marietta Hosts Several Advent Events December 11th-15th
The first event is hosted by Mt. Zion's Children on December 11th at 6:15PM. They will perform their Nativity in the Round after the WOW Dinner. On December 14th the Mt. Zion Youth present their special Breakfast with Santa from 8:30-10:30AM. Breakfast is $5 a person with a $20 family limit. The Mt. Zion Chancel Choir, Rejoice Choir, and special soloist Ralph Freeman will perform Messiah on Sunday December 15th at 8:30AM and 11:00AM. For more information on these events and MORE, please visit 
St. Paul UMC Hosts Grant Park Candlelight Christmas Tour of Homes December 14th-15th.
 Grant Park is Atlanta’s largest historic district with homes built in the Victorian, Craftsman, Italianate and various other styles from the turn of the 20th century. The Candlelight Tour of Homes features 12 homes this year representing renovations as well as new homes built to reflect the historic district’s character. Adding to the festivity are caroling hayrides, visits with Santa on Saturday during the Winter Wonderland celebration, an Artists’ Market, and a holiday concert by the St. Paul choir. Proceeds from the Candlelight Tour of Homes, which starts in St. Paul's sanctuary, go toward St. Paul UMC, the Grant Park Cooperative Preschool and the Grant Park Parent's Network. The tour is from 5-10PM. St. Paul UMC’s address is: 501 Grant Street, Atlanta, Ga., 30312

The McDonough Christmas Tour of Homes, Saturday, December 14 10:00AM - 3:00PM
Join us for the annual McDonough Christmas Tour of Homes, where you will visit 8 beautifully decorated homes in the McDonough area.   The tour begins at Wesley Way United  Methodist Church (150 John Wesley Way, McDonough, GA) where you will receive a brochure including a write up of each home, a map of how to get to each house and where to park.  You are also invited to visit the transformation of our sanctuary into the “Wesley Village”.  There you will receive complimentary refreshments and have the opportunity to shop in the Christmas Thrift shore, participate in the silent auction sponsored by The School at Wesley Way, or buy items made by the Ramblers or the Friday Night Crafters.  The cost of the tour is $10.00 for advanced tickets and $12.00 the day of the tour, with proceeds benefiting the Youth Ministry of Wesley Way United Methodist Church.  Call Wesley Way UMC at 770-898-3023 for tickets or more information.

Have Breakfast with Santa at Harmony Grove UMC December 14th
Who is coming to Harmony Grove United Methodist Church in December?  A jolly man that makes children laugh and play.  Don't miss his visit as he is looking forward to meeting all the little children of the world. Santa is coming to Harmony Grove UMC on Saturday, December 14, 2013.  Come and eat breakfast with Santa and Mrs. Claus, have your picture taken (parents bring your camera), make incredible crafts.  Breakfast is $5.00 per adult, children eat free with paying adult.  Breakfast is 9:00am - 11:30am, Santa and Mrs. Claus will arrive at 9:30am.  Harmony Grove UMC is located at 50 Harmony Grove Road, Lilburn, 770-921-7747, Harmony Grove invites everyone to join in for Breakfast with Santa;  visit with Santa, Christmas Crafts and to eat the  best pancakes in Lilburn.

Journey to the Manger at Christ United Methodist Church on December 14 and 15th
Become a part of the cast of a living history drama with new groups of travelers every 15 minutes. Plan to join us for a free, family-friendly evening and take a walk through the Live Nativity Scene. Drop in Between 7-8:30 pm each evening. Address is 417 North Frontage Road (I-75 Exit #187, Forsyth. Presented by Christ United Methodist Church and Rocky Creek Baptist Church. You never know what you might discover this Christmas!

Jones Chapel Cantata on December 14th and 15th
Jones Chapel of Danielsville will reach out to the community this Christmas in several ways. First, they will celebrate the Season with their Cantata on Sat., Dec. 14 at 6 pm and Sunday, Dec. 15 at 10:30 am in their Family Life Center. The work is titled Christmas Unplugged and presented by their Adult Choir under the direction of Mrs. Leigh Anne Myers.

Drive Thru Nativity at Harmony Grove UMC on December 21st from 6pm-8pm
Join Harmony Grove UMC for their Drive Thru Nativity on December 21, 2013 at 50 Harmony Grove Rd, Lilburn, from 6:00pm to 8:00pm.  Come drive around our Church and see the birth of Christ.  Then come in Pollard Hall for Cocoa, Cookies and Coffee. Please contact the church at
 770-921-7747 or visit for additional information.

Jones Chapel Will Host the Service of the Longest Night on December 21
At this time Jones Chapel of Danielsville will observe the Service of the Longest Night at 4:00pm, a time to reach out specifically to those for whom not all of this season is light, joy and happiness. Perhaps theirs is the condition of being a surviving spouse; maybe this December finds them grieving a recent loss; the event of simply getting older that radically changes their world. Whatever the source of their feelings, the congregation seeks in this service to recognize and pray for them as the days of Christmas and Winter unfold on this, the Longest Day of the Year.

Looking for gift ideas for those Glisson campers or alumni on your list?
Check out the four options below for giving them a gift they won't find anywhere else! Don't delay – sweatshirt and Tiny Towns orders need to be received by December 17th to guarantee pre-Christmas delivery. Questions? Contact or (706) 864-6181. Order Form

Note: The deadline for pre-Christmas delivery has passed, but you can still make honorary Campership gifts or print Stocking Stuffers. Or, if you don't need them by 12/24, you can order a sweatshirt or Tiny Town. $5 shipping charge per total order. All camp store proceeds go toward furthering Glisson's mission.

***This is a special Advent Edition of The North Georgia Notebook. Please contact Sybil Davidson or Ansley Brackin if you would like for us to mention your congregation’s Advent event or news.