Bay Methodist begins Christmas celebrations
The sanctuary is filled with greenery and candles in anticipation of Christmas as Bay United Methodist plans several programs to celebrate. The various offerings are designed to welcome the entire community, young and old.
On Sunday, Dec. 18, the Bay UMC Chancel Choir presents their annual Christmas Cantata at the 10 a.m. worship service. This year, the choir will sing “A Weary World Rejoices” by Joseph Martin. The presentation materials explain, “In the weary days of winter, the hope of Christmas begins to glow. Like a golden ember of promise burning in the soul, our frozen hearts start to warm.” Ronald H. Muth will direct, with narration by Scott and Marian Harmount.
Families with children Pre-K through 6th grade are invited to attend “One Night in Bethlehem” on Sunday, Dec. 18, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. The fun, interactive village experience allows children an opportunity to taste, hear, see, and experience Bethlehem on the night Jesus is born. Kids will enjoy hands-on activities as they visit marketplace booths such as the carpentry, metal working, pottery, and much more.
On Wednesday, Dec. 21, at 7 p.m., an ecumenical worship service will be offered in conjunction with the winter solstice which is also the longest night of the year. The evening’s service will be presented by the Faith Leaders of Bay and will take place in the Bay UMC sanctuary. The “Longest Night” worship service is sometimes referred to as "Blue Christmas." This quiet, reflective service of carols and scriptures offers healing and hope for those who are going through dark times during the holidays. The community is invited to this sacred time and space to address grief, struggles with relationships, health issues, or other burdens during the holidays.
On Christmas Eve, Saturday, Dec. 24, there will be two worship services. At 5 p.m., the family service includes a children’s Christmas pageant with candle lighting and Silent Night completing the service. At 8 p.m., the candlelight service includes communion and features the Chancel choir. Finally, on Sunday morning, Christmas Day, Bay UMC invites the community to a casual Christmas morning service at 10 a.m.
Senior Pastor, the Reverend Lisa Kropinak, notes, “The holidays can often feel like a blur and a burden. I encourage everyone to ‘stop and take a look around’ rather than lowering your head and powering through. The staff and congregation of Bay UMC offer engaging opportunities for the community to celebrate, reflect and even grieve this Christmas season.”