Advent at BUMC

The season of Advent, which comes from the Latin word adventus, meaning “coming” or “visit," begins four Sundays before Christmas and ends on Christmas Eve. At BUMC, we have a number of programs and events for your whole family to participate in during the Advent season as we wait in anticipation for the birth of Jesus Christ, the Messiah.


  • Christmas Food Baskets

    Donations due December 11

    An important part of the holidays is sharing a meal together with loved ones. Each year, we partner with GraceWorks and Harvest Hands to provide Christmas Food Baskets for families in need of a holiday meal. Due to COVID-19 concerns this year, GraceWorks and Harvest Hands have asked for help solely with monetary donations so they can distribute food to their neighbors.

  • The Manger at GraceWorks

    Donations due December 6

    The Manger is an annual Christmas program for eligible neighbors in Williamson County. Help stock the Manger by shopping their Amazon wish list!

  • Harvest Hands Christmas Store

    Donations due December 6

    Harvest Hands families shop for gifts for their children at a price that fits their budgets. Help stock the Harvest Hands Christmas Store by shopping their Amazon wish list. You can either have gifts sent directly to Harvest Hands or you can bring them to the Brentwood Christmas Village on December 6.

  • Open Table Nashville

    Donations due December 13

    Support Open Table Nashville this Christmas as they help our neighbors in need. You can shop their Amazon wish list for supplies to help them through the winter months or make a general donation to help them continue their operations. Monetary donations to Open Table Nashville can act as an alternative gift for friends and family.

  • Healing Housing

    Donations due December 13

    Healing Housing, Williamson County’s first and only transitional housing program for women in recovery, has identified ways we can support their mission this Christmas. Shop their Amazon wish list to provide necessities to their guests for the holidays, or make a general donation to support their continued work with women in recovery. Monetary donations to Healing Housing can act as an alternative gift for friends and family.

Our dedicated AIDS Angel Tree coordinator, Sue VanDyke, has decided that it is time to retire the AIDS Angel Tree project after 20+ years of service. Brentwood United Methodist Church and the Vanderbilt clinic are grateful for her many years of faithful service!

Brentwood Christmas Village

December 6, 3:30-6:30 p.m.

Tree lighting at 4:15 p.m. + 6:15 p.m. (drive-in)

Celebrate the start of Advent at the Brentwood Christmas Village! This outdoor event is a time for fellowship with our church community. See our live Nativity, drop off toys for the Harvest Hands Christmas Store, pick up Advent resources, and join us for our drive-in tree lighting ceremony featuring carols and a message from Dr. Davis Chappell!

Resources to pick up:

Advent Services

The Longest Night

December 16, 6:30 p.m., online service

Christmas brings up memories of joy and light for many and a sense of comfort in being home. For some, however, the holidays are a reminder of loss or the search for home. The Longest Night is a time for spiritual healing and hope in the midst of brokenness and to feel at home in the loving arms of God. This year, this service will be streamed to watch on our Online Worship page. In preparation for this online service, we are providing free worship-from-home kits for interested households. The kits will available for pick-up at the Brentwood Christmas Village on December 6, 3:30-6:30 p.m. Please reserve a kit ahead of time, as we have limited quantities available. Register for a worship-from-home kit.

Festival of Carols

December 20, 3 p.m. premiere

Experience the sights and sounds of Christmas during our virtual Festival of Carols, featuring the BUMC Chancel Choir, Youth Choirs, Children’s Choirs, and virtual festival singers! In place of an in-person event, we will stream the concert for you to enjoy from the comfort of home. Our Worship & Arts team and our choirs have prepared a selection that will help you feel the holiday spirit as we wait in anticipation of the birth of the Messiah!

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