Advent and Christmas

Photo of the Altar in the Sanctuary with Christmas Decorations

Advent is a time of anticipation, reflection, and preparation. During the four weeks leading up to Christmas, we invite you to participate in the many activities of our church.  Join us for a time of fellowship on Advent Night . Then throughout Advent, please join us for the many opportunities for worship and fellowship as you prepare your heart for Christmas. Please use the links on this page for additional information.  As we journey together towards Christmas, let us resolve to take a few moments daily to reflect on the coming of Christ, Emmanuel, God with us!

2018 Schedule

Christmas Eve Worship Services, December 24
   Family Service – 4 pm
   Candlelight Service – 8 pm

Handbell Concert, December 3

Christmas Pageant & Advent Night, December 10, 5:00 p.m.

Christmas Concert, December 17, 5:00 pm

Longest Night Service, December 19, 7:30 pm


Christmas Card Alternative
Rather than sending individual Christmas cards to your friends in the congregation, send a single card to the church’s Christmas card bulletin board and a check for the amount you would have spent on cards, stamps, and time.  A special Christmas greeting will list your name in the newsletter. Your gift will extend your Christmas greeting list and make a difference long after the last card and the crumpled wrapping paper have been put out in the trash.

Share the joy of Christ’s birth with others:

  • The mission of Urban Promise of Trenton is to equip Trenton’s children and young adults with the skills needed for academic achievement, life management, spiritual growth and christian leadership. Your support provides for the many programs Urban Promise offers, allowing the children of Trenton to shine their light and promise to their community.
  • United Front Against Riverblindness (UFAR) both alone and with other world organizations has been making significant progress toward control and elimination of river blindness in several regions of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Your contributions will help provide training, treatment and hope for a healthier life for millions in the DRC.
  • ST. CLARE’S GROUP HOME FOR CHILDREN which offers transitional care to infants and children who have specialized medical needs. Your contribution keeps these medically vulnerable children safe and sound in loving homes as they grow strong enough to enjoy a happy childhood in permanent homes.

Please include your form with your Christmas Card and check made out to “Princeton United Methodist Church” and return or mail to the church office by December 11th.

Christmas Wreaths and Christmas Poinsettias

We will decorate the church inside and out for the Advent and Christmas season with wreaths.  Please Contact the church office by December 14th if you would like to donate a wreath.

On Christmas Eve, our sanctuary will be adorned with beautiful poinsettias given to the church in honor or in memory of friends and loved ones. You may also choose to give a gift to Poinsettia Alternative which is used for the continued development and maintenance of our garden and landscaping. Poinsettias may be picked up following the 8:00 pm Christmas Eve Service

If you would like to order poinsettias please contact the office for pricing and order forms. Deadline for orders is December 14th.

Ways To Give to the Less Fortunate
In recent years we have provided a number of ways that you can reach out to less fortunate members of the greater Princeton community.  Those have included:

“White Christmas” purchase towels and personal care items for clients at Womanspace,
Advent Coin Folders: Last year we gave out folders so that you could collect coins and the money raised went to our Mission Giving.
Mitten Tree:  donations of new mittens, gloves and hats for children in the Trenton area.
Womanspace Communities of Light:  Through Womanspace we sell luminaries which will be lit around homes and in various community spaces as a symbol of our stand against domestic violence and sexual assault.
Womanspace Holiday Wishes:  We collect gift cards for Womanspace from stores such as Target, Gas, WalMart, Grocery, Kmart, Sear’s, Dicks Sporting Goods, Michael’s, AC Moore, Kohl’s and JC Penney to name a few.  These help families impacted by domestic violence as they set up a household in a safe haven.
Ringing for the Salvation Army: Volunteers give time at various sites around Princeton collecting money for the ministry of the Salvation Army.
God’s Love in a Shoebox:  Our Church members donate shoebox care packages full of gifts for the children of Camden where the poverty rate exceeds 38%.

Please check the bulletin boards in Church and our blog for additional information on this year’s ways of reaching out to the community.