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Advent 2018

Christmas Eve Services:
5 PM Family Service with

candlelight & Communion
7 PM Traditional Service with

candlelight & Communion

Special Events & Services:

Hanging of the Greens - Saturday, Dec. 1
Children’s Music Festival - Saturday, Dec. 1, 9 AM - 12:30 PM
Advent Wreath Workshop - Sunday, Dec. 2, 5 PM
Come As You Are Nativity - Wednesday, Dec. 12, 6:30 PM

J.S. Bach's Cantata 142 "For Us a Child Is Born" - Sunday, Dec. 16, 11 AM

Youth Party with a Purpose - Saturday, Dec. 16

Children’s Nativity Puppet Show - Sunday, Dec. 16, 4 PM
Longest Night Worship Service - Wednesday, Dec. 19, 7 PM

Traditional Lessons and Carols - Sunday, Dec. 23, 8:30 AM

Bluegrass Christmas Service - Sunday, Dec. 23, 11 AM
Moravian LoveFeast - Sunday, Dec. 30, 11 AM
(only one worship service on the 30th)

Come Home for Christmas

Holidays are often a time for homecoming. We spend time decorating our homes, preparing meals, and getting ready to welcome friends and family. As we prepare to welcome the Christ child, we’ll explore how we decorate our spiritual homes with hope, peace, joy, and love, decorations we can leave up all year long.

  • December 2: Hope
  • December 9: Peace
  • December 16: Joy
  • December 23 & 24: Love

Bluegrass Christmas

Sunday, December 23, at 11 AM in the Sanctuary

Join us for a special service of lessons and bluegrass-style carols, featuring members of our Connection Praise Band. There will be no separate Connection service that morning.

Christmas Cantata

Sunday, December 16, at 11 AM in the Sanctuary

The Highland Choir will join with organist Marcia Nance, bass violinist Dennis McLain, and members of the NC Symphony Orchestra to present the J.S. Bach's cantata No. 142 "For Us a Child Is Born" on Sunday, December 16 at the 11 AM traditional service. Vocal soloists include Lanny Piper, George Deaton, Teresa Burt, Earleen Barnes and Donna Parker.

The Longest Night

A Service of Light in the Midst of Darkness

Wednesday, December 19, 7 PM

Christmas can be a bittersweet time of year.  The Longest Night is a service for all, especially those who have experienced loss or find the holidays a difficult time of year.  It is a service to express sadness and concern, to realize that we are not alone, to remember those in need, and to experience the healing presence of God as we await the coming of Christ.  Join us to hear scripture, offer prayers for wholeness, receive Holy Communion, and hear songs that acknowledges God’s comfort for those who mourn, grieve, and struggle.  All are welcome.

Moravian Lovefeast

We'll gather for one worship service on Sunday, December 30 at 11 AM  in the Sanctuary to continue our celebration of the Christmas season with our rendition of a traditional Moravian Lovefeast.  This service of lessons and carols includes special refreshments, lots of holiday music, and opportunities to share how we have seen God at work in our lives. (No children or youth Sunday School classes on December 30.)

Hanging of the Greens

Help decorate the church for the holiday season on Saturday, December 1 at 9 AM in the Sanctuary and in Bradley Hall.

Advent Wreath Workshop

Everyone is invited to a simple potluck meal and evening of holiday crafts on Sunday, December 2 at 5 PM.  We'll gather in Bradley Hall for our dinner; bring a pot of soup or side dish to share.  After we eat, the supplies will be one hand to make your own Advent wreath to use at home for celebrating the season.  Donations are appreciated to help cover the costs of the wreath supplies and if you've made one in past years, please bring your frame to use again.

Let us know you're coming!

Children's Music Festival

Children in Kindergarten through 5th grade are invited to join our children's choir director, Jo Anne Swartz, for a morning of singing and holiday music on Saturday, December 1, 9 AM - 12:30 PM.  There will be fun activities and the kids will learn songs to sing in worship the next morning, Sunday, December 2.  You don't have to be part of the children's choir to participate!

Children's Christmas Program

Children and their families are invited to gather on Sunday, December 16 at 4 PM for a time of holiday celebration.

This year's program will feature the Puppet Nativity show by 3rd - 5th grade students; they wrote the script, made the puppets, and will perform the show themselves! After the performance, we'll enjoy cookies in the Conference Room.

Come As You Are Nativity

Come, young and old, children and adults, to the Sanctuary on Wednesday, December 12, at 6:30 PM, for our annual retelling of the Christmas story:  angels, shepherds, animals in the manger, wise men (and women) who travel from afar -- there's a role for everyone to play!  It's a fairly short program and there's no rehearsals or sign-ups -- just come as you are.

Advent Devotionals

Our Advent Devotional this year is "Advent: A Calendar of Devotions" by Sue Mink.  They are free (one per family) and available to pick up at the church beginning November 25th.

Remembrance Tree

The Remembrance Tree stands on Highland’s front lawn each December as a way of remembering friends and loved ones during the holiday season.  You can purchase a light for $10 in honor or in memory of someone and proceeds go to support Family Promise. We give thanks to Amy and O’Dell Massey for their help coordinating this ministry each year.  Order forms are in the Narthex at Highland and can be turned into the church office.

Highland will light our 2018 Remembrance Tree on December 1 through December 31.  Lights may be purchased through Sunday, December 9.


If you would like to purchase a poinsettia in memory or honor of a special person and have it placed in the sanctuary during Advent, order forms will be available in the Narthex at Highland throughout November.  Please return the order form and payment to the church office or call Eddie Wood (787-8696).  The cost per plant will be $10.  Checks should be made payable to Highland United Methodist Church, "poinsettia" in the memo.  Deadline for ordering is Sunday, December 2. Poinsettias will be available for collection after the Christmas Eve service.

Click here to order your poinsettia online

Click here to pay for your poinsettia online

Pride for Parents

The purpose of the Pride for Parents Christmas Store is to celebrate the birth of Christ by providing low-income parents, in need of financial assistance, a way to purchase gifts for their children at affordable prices. Our goal is to preserve the pride and dignity of the families we serve. Instead of giving families in our community a hand-out, we offer a hand-up so that they can purchase their own toys and gifts at a discounted rate. ​

-DONATE new toys, bikes/helmets, games, books, and clothing for infants thru teens. Drop-off locations will be in the Narthex and Bradley Hall; last day to drop-off will be December 9.
-DONATE $$ or gift cards and Pride for Parents coordinators will purchase new items for the store. Drop off contributions to the church office.
-VOLUNTEER by sorting/pricing toys, stocking shelves, greeting shoppers, helping shoppers with selections, gift wrapping or providing snacks for volunteers. There will be four Pride for Parents locations in Raleigh this season. Click here to sign up to help at any of the locations.