Advent at BUMC

ADVENT 2022

November 27 – December 24

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.

Advent Studies

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The Angels of Christmas Bible Study

Tuesdays starting November 29 - December 20, 9:30 a.m. & 6 p.m., BUMC Tabernacle

Join Rev. Jonathan Andersen for an exploration of the angelic visits that took place during the first Christmas! In this 4 week study, you'll explore the important messages these angels delivered to Zechariah, Mary, Joseph, and the shepherds 2,000 years ago and how God still wants to speak to you today. The study will be based on Rev. Susan Robb's new book, which attendees are asked to purchase before the first class.

For Kids and Youth

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Family Advent Festival

Saturday, November 26 // 9:30-11:30 a.m.

BUMC Kids is excited to host the annual Family Advent Festival at BUMC again! Bring your family out the Saturday after Thanksgiving to make seasonally-themed crafts and get your Advent wreath. Registration is closed. Please contact BUMC Kids with questions.

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Youth Advent Concerts

Sunday, November 27 // 3:30 p.m., 5 p.m., 7 p.m.

Kick off the Advent season with the Sonshine and Jubilation Choirs along with special guest Asbury Choir. This time of music and fellowship will prepare your hearts as we await the Christ child.

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Manger Sunday

Sunday, December 4 // 9:45 a.m.

BUMC Kids will collect unwrapped toys for The Manger during their Sunday School hour!

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Student Ministry Progressive Dinner

Sunday, December 4 // 5-8 p.m.

All 7th–12th graders are invited to Student Ministry’s Progressive Dinner! We will start off at BUMC before going for an outside visit to a home-centered member in our congregation. Everyone will then travel to homes for appetizers & dinner and then all end up back at BUMC for dessert. This is a great night of service, fellowship, fun, and lots of food! Registration is closed. Please contact Student Ministry with questions.

Advent Concerts

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Youth Advent Concerts

Sunday, November 27 // 3:30 p.m., 5 p.m., 7 p.m.

Kick off the Advent season with the Sonshine and Jubilation Choirs along with special guest Asbury Choir. This time of music and fellowship will prepare your hearts as we await the Christ child.

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Music City Bronze

Monday, December 5 // 7 p.m., BUMC Chapel

Enjoy a free concert by Music City Bronze, Nashville’s premier handbell choir, as they ring in the Christmas season! The concert begins at 7 p.m. in the Chapel. All concerts are free and open to the public.

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Children's Choir Concert

Wednesday, December 7 // 6:30 p.m., BUMC Sanctuary

Get a glimpse into what our children’s choirs have been working on this school year! This year’s program will feature the Angel Choir, Agape Choir, Asbury Choir, and Rhythm & Bells. Enjoy an evening of music as these children share this year’s theme of “God loves the world.”

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Festival of Carols

Sunday, December 11 // 6:30 p.m., BUMC Sanctuary

Enjoy the sounds of Advent as the Chancel Choir and Festival Orchestra present the Magnificat. This free concert is a great way to get in the holiday spirit with friends and family!

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A Technicolor Christmas with JoySound Orchestra and BUMC Ringers

Tuesday, December 13 // 7 p.m., BUMC Sanctuary

Celebrate the Christmas season coming to life in technicolor with the JoySound Orchestra and the BUMC Ringers. At this free concert, you can enjoy music from timeless classics like A Charlie Brown Christmas, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, and Burl Ives.

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Slightly Acoustic Christmas

Sunday, December 18 // 7 p.m., BUMC Chapel

Enjoy an evening of some acoustic and non-acoustic Christmas music led by some of the members of our Worship Band. This concert will prepare you for the week leading up to Christmas as the excitement for the birth of Jesus fills our souls.

Ways to Serve This Advent

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2022 Advent Decor Days

November 22 and 26, December 2 and 16

We're so excited to invite you to join us in decorating for Advent as we enter into a spirit of reflection on the pillars of hope, peace, joy, and love that Christ's birth brought to us. All are welcome! Come on out and join us for some fun and fellowship with your family and friends!

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Youth Advent Concert Greeters

Sunday, November 27 // 3:30 p.m., 5 p.m., 7 p.m.

Hear joyful music and spread holiday cheer as a greeter for the annual Youth Advent Concerts featuring the BUMC Sonshine Choir (6th-12th grade) and BUMC Asbury Choir (3rd–5th grade). Contact Haley Durham to volunteer.

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Harvest Hands Christmas Store

Through December 2

The Harvest Hands Christmas store provides families a place to shop for gifts for their children at a price that fits their budgets. Gift donations are available via Amazon wishlist through December 2.

Additionally, Harvest Hands is looking for volunteers to help sort gift donations the week of December 5!

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The Manger at GraceWorks

Through December 11

The Manger provides parents who are served by GraceWorks the ability to shop for Christmas gifts for their families. Donate a gift to stock the Manger at GraceWorks Christmas store from GraceWorks' Amazon wish list!

The Manger is also recruiting volunteers to help parents shop for Christmas. Sign up below to serve at The Manger!

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Christmas Food Baskets

Orders yours through December 11

An important part of the holidays is sharing a meal together with loved ones. Each year, Brentwood United Methodist Church partners with GraceWorks, Harvest Hands, and other local partners to provide Christmas Food Baskets for families in need of a holiday meal.

As we have done in the past, we will share your donations with our community partners who will ensure local families have food on the table for their Christmas celebration! Each Christmas Food Basket is $110. You can also donate a half basket for $55.

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Festival of Carols Greeters

Sunday, December 11 // 6:30-8 p.m.

We would love for you to serve as a festive greeter for an evening of joyful and gentle songs by the Chancel Choir, Treble Choir, and Festival Orchestra. Contact Haley Durham to volunteer.

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Room In The Inn

Through February

Room In The Inn will be at BUMC on various Tuesdays and Fridays starting in December. Room In The Inn’s Winter Shelter program provides safe shelter, warm meals, and fellowship for our neighbors experiencing homelessness during the coldest months of the year. Sign up your small group or Sunday School class to spend a winter evening with a neighbor in need.

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Christmas Eve Greeters, Ushers, and Communion Servers

Saturday, December 24 // 2 p.m., 4 p.m., 6 p.m., 8 p.m., 11 p.m.

There are many ways you can help create a welcoming presence on Christmas Eve! We know there are many people who will be coming back to the church building for the first time in awhile – or ever – on Christmas Eve, and you can help us create a welcoming space for all to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ! Volunteer to be a greeter, usher, or Communion server at one of our 5 services.

Worship Services

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The Longest Night

Wednesday, December 21 // 12 p.m. & 6:30 p.m.

Christmas brings up memories of joy for many, but for some the holidays are a reminder of loss or the search for home. The Longest Night is a time for healing and hope in the midst of brokenness and to feel at home in the loving arms of God.

Ways to Give This Advent

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Christmas Poinsettias

Order yours through December 11

Honor a loved one by donating a beautiful poinsettia to decorate the Sanctuary and Chapel on Christmas Eve. Poinsettias are $25 each and can be taken home on December 25 following the 11 a.m. service or December 28.

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Christmas Food Baskets

Order yours through December 11

An important part of the holidays is sharing a meal together with loved ones. Each year, Brentwood United Methodist Church partners with GraceWorks, Harvest Hands, and other local partners to provide Christmas Food Baskets for families in need of a holiday meal.

As we have done in the past, we will share your donations with our community partners who will ensure local families have food on the table for their Christmas celebration!
Each Christmas Food Basket is $110. You can also donate a half basket for $55.

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Harvest Hands Christmas Store

Through December 2

The Harvest Hands Christmas store provides families a place to shop for gifts for their children at a price that fits their budgets. Gift donations are available via Amazon wishlist through December 2.

Additionally, Harvest Hands is looking for volunteers to help sort gift donations the week of December 5!

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Manger Sunday

Sunday, December 4 // 9:45 a.m.

BUMC Kids will collect unwrapped toys for The Manger during their Sunday School hour!