Advent and Christmas

HOPE        PEACE       JOY       LOVE  

These are the words which propel us toward the manger in Bethlehem and the birth of a Savior. Look over our ongoing programs and worship opportunities. Then join us as we journey together to the stable to greet the newborn King.

family lighting advent calendar
Nancy reading to child

Worship Services


Sunday, December 20, 2020

Advent IV

Online video available on YouTube Saturdays at 5 p.m.

Every Sunday morning at 9:30 a.m. for the Christmas season, Children’s Ministry (pre-school through 6th grade) is live on Zoom. Come join us! Please email for Zoom info.


Light in the Longest Night: Lamenting our Losses

Join us for our “Light in the Longest Night” service lamenting our losses of 2020 and moving forward toward 2021 in hope. Amy Kennedy, Shonagh Taruza, Carole DeHart and David Vaughn offer glimpses of light on this evening of the Winter Solstice.

Online video available on YouTube on Dec. 21, 2020 at 7 p.m.

Visit the promenade downtown beginning Dec. 21 to tie a prayer of Lament on the trees.


Christmas Eve Children’s service

Families of FUMC Ann Arbor tell the ABCs of Christmas in this child-friendly Christmas Eve service. This will include prayers, songs, scripture readings and a special Christmas reading – done by kids, youth and families from our church. This will be approximately 30 minutes in length.

The program goes live at 8 a.m. December 24.

Online video available on YouTube on Dec. 24, 2020 at 8 a.m. and will premiere on Facebook at 5 p.m. Dec. 24.


Christmas Eve

Join us for a traditional Christmas Eve service online as we celebrate the birth of Jesus with carols, candles, and the joy of Christmas! We are Those Who Dream this Christmas! The service is approximately one hour in length.

Online video available on YouTube on Dec. 24, 2020 at 8 a.m. and will premiere on Facebook at 7 p.m. Dec. 24. We will also be a live streaming on YouTube at 6 p.m.


Christmas Eve Late Night Outdoors

  • Enjoy singing heartwarming Christmas carols (accompanied by Naki Kripfgans on the organ and text projected on the outside wall of the church).
  • Experience luminaria lighting the walkways.
  • Capture a family photo near a twinkling Christmas tree.
  • Fill your heart with peace, hope, joy, and love!

Join us for this socially distanced experience as we celebrate the birth of Jesus. Proper mask wearing is required.

Location: OUTDOORS, Wesley lawn, FUMC Downtown, 120 S. State Street
Times:  15 minute slots beginning at 8:00, 8:20, 8:40, and 9:00 pm

Sign up required here.


Sunday Dec. 27, 2020

No online worship this week.

At home service materials were mailed with the Christmas letter earlier this month.


Wednesday Dec. 30, 2020

No Vesper Service this week.  Vespers will return on Jan 6th in the New Year 2021.

Saturday Jan. 2 & Sunday Jan. 3, 2021

Holy Communion Weekend

Drive thru and delivery options

Sign up required. Link will be available Tuesday, Dec. 22. Check back here and in the Latest News.


Sunday, Jan. 3, 2021

Epiphany Sunday: Observance of the visit of the Magi

Online Video available on YouTube Jan. 3, 3021