Seasons of Christmas

11.15.23 | News

    Seasons of Christmas” looks at how the elements within the Christmas story provide different gifts in every season of life, speaking to us throughout the generational shifts that occur in our lifetimes. 

    We are given Reassurance in Winter in the hope found in the story of Simeon and Anna. 

    Often we Reprioritize in Fall as we move toward the second half of life, and the Christmas story affords us peace. 

    We delight most when Christmas involves children and the Spontaneity of Summer, giving us moments of great joy.

     

    The gift of Christmas is for all of us, no matter what season of life we are in. 

    Join us in worship, Sunday mornings at 9 AM, in the Mission Valley sanctuary, in person or via live-stream. 

     

    Advent and Christmas 2024 

    First UMC in Mission Valley, 2111 Camino del Rio S. San Diego, CA 92108

     

    Advent Lectio Divina Meditations

    Wednesdays Nov. 29 - Dec. 20 | 10:30 - 11:30 AM | Trotter Chapel

    Lectio Divina is an ancient and practiced way of reading scripture and meditating on it in sacred space. Pastor Tamara will be leading an Advent Lectio Divina  Please join us for a time of reflective listening and sharing in the sermon scripture passages this Advent. 

     

    Family Christmas Tea

    Saturday Dec. 2 | 12 - 2 PM | Linder Hall  |  RSVP by 11/ 29

    Cost: $15 adults / $5 children 12 and under
    The United Women in Faith cordially invite everyone to our very special annual Christmas Tea. Enjoy a delicious lunch, carols, games, prizes & crafts for all ages. You will be entertained by our own Children’s Choir, We are looking forward to seeing you 

     

    Advent Choral Concert

    Saturday, Dec. 9 | 4 - 6 PM | Sanctuary & live-stream | offering | Free childcare

    Come hear glorious holiday music! The Chancel Choir and the Masterwork Chorale look forward to presenting our Advent Choral Concert - available in person and live-streamed! You will hear excellent works by well-known composers such as John Rutter and Camille Saint-Saens, as well as other works by composers you may not be as familiar with including English composer Cecilia McDowall and American composer Amy Marcy Beach. This year, the choirs have the great pleasure of collaborating exclusively with the organ (known as the “king of the instruments”) played by Dr. Jaebon Hwang, the Director of Music Ministries and Organist at First UMC. 

     

    Advent Party and Holiday Pipes

    Sunday, Dec. 10 | 12: 15 PM - 2:30 PM | Linder Hall & Sanctuary | RSVP BY 12/7

    This year’s final All-Church Gathering will be an Advent Potluck Party, pairing with Holiday Pipes on December 10. After the party, we’ll walk over to the sanctuary for holiday-themed organ music and carol sing-along. Families are welcome! Join us for a time of fellowship and learning. This is a special opportunity to meet and greet some of our migrant guests who are staying in San Diego, as well as show our deepest appreciation to our volunteers of the six plus weeks of operating an emergency shelter.  

    HOLIDAY PIPES are back for the season! You are invited to this holiday-themed organ concert by First Church's resident organist Jaebon Hwang following the special All Church Gathering, Advent Party. The program includes an audience carol sing-along and young families with kids are encouraged to join in. 

     

    Blue Christmas Service

    Sheilah Cameron, LMFT, lighting candles for Blue Christmas service at First Church San Diego.

    Sunday, Dec. 17 | 2 - 3 PM | Trotter Chapel | FREE CHILDCARE

    Christmas is a sacred time filled with joy and love. But for those experiencing grief, the holiday season can be lonely and filled with deep sadness. Please join Pastor Tamara Walker and Sheilah Cameron, LMFT, for a contemplative Blue Christmas service that recognizes the significance of the holiday season while also honoring the grief we hold for those we have lost. We welcome you to bring a framed picture of your loved one to display on our altar during the service.

     

    Christmas Eve at First Church Mission Valley

    Sunday, Dec. 24 | 10 AM  |  Children's Pageant  | Sanctuary (MV)

    10 AM Worship Guide |  Watch live here (links coming soon)

    Join the children and youth-led worship where you can experience the Christmas story through music, readings, and the nativity scene.
    Childcare  available for infants through pre-school

    Sunday, Dec. 24 | 7 PM  |  Lessons, Carols & Candle Lighting  |  Sanctuary (MV)

    7 PM Worship Guide |  Watch live here (links coming soon)
    Arrive 15 minutes early for an extended organ prelude, then experience the Christmas story through choral music by the Chamber Choir, congregational singing and inspiring message. End the service with candle lighting and singing of Silent Night.
    Childcare  available for infants through pre-school 

     

    Sunday, Dec. 24 | 9 PM  |  Lessons, Carols & Candle Lighting  |  Sanctuary (MV)

    9 PM Worship Guide |  Watch live here (links coming soon)
    Arrive 15 minutes early for an extended organ prelude, then experience the Christmas story through choral music by the Chancel Choir, congregational singing and inspiring message. End the service with candle lighting and singing of Silent Night. 
    Childcare available for infants through pre-school.

     

    Christmas Eve with Water's Edge in Ocean Beach

    Sunday, Dec. 24 | 10 AM & 5 PM | sanctuary | Ocean Beach campus

    Join us at 10 AM as we celebrate the fourth Sunday of Advent, followed by a special Christmas Eve Service at 5 PM, preparing our hearts and minds for the birth of Christ.  Christmas Eve is a time of waiting, hoping, and prayer for the future. As our community transitions to a new reality outside of the Ocean Beach sanctuary, we look to Mary and Joseph for divine inspiration knowing that our Savior came into the world during a time of darkness and uncertainty. May the light of God guide us onward in peace, hope, joy, and love during this bleak mid-winter.