Christmas Eve Worship
In addition to virtual worship at 12:00, 4:00 (family friendly), and 7:00 PM on Facebook or YouTube, we are offering three drive-in style worship services at those same times: 12:00, 4:00 (family friendly), and 7:00 PM in the Hopewell parking lot (rain or shine). At each service, we will feature the treasured Christmas story, sing some of our most beloved Christmas carols, and unwrap the gift of Jesus Christ, the Light of the World. Stay in your car, turn on your radio, and safely experience the magic of Christmas with our Hopewell friends and community neighbors. (Click here to access, download, or print lyrics to the day’s Christmas carols.) Please register per car (rather than per person) if you are planning to attend.
At 4:00 PM on Christmas Eve — both online and at Hopewell — we’ll be offering a great time of worship for families with younger children, including a puppet show! Tune in to Facebook or YouTube or register to come to the drive-in service (per car rather than per person).
This Christmas, we celebrate the good work of our Beyond the Walls ministry partners: The Well, Good Works, Good Samaritan Services, CKC, Safe Harbor, Camp Innabah, Haiti, and South Africa. 100% of this year’s Christmas Offering will benefit them! To contribute, please click here and enter your contribution in the “Christmas” field.
Christmas Eve Drive-In Worship
Christmas Day Dinner
Hopewell’s Annual Community Christmas Dinner will be available in take-out style this year on December 25th from 2:00-3:00 PM with pick up locations at Hopewell and The Well in Downingtown. Please share with your neighbors and friends who may be alone or appreciate a hot meal this Christmas. Register online or by calling church office.
If you would like to help prepare or distribute the meals, please contact Becky Bennington. You can also contribute to the meal by donating the following items to the Wesley Wagon through the month of December: resealable sandwich bags, boxes of stuffing mix, canned sweet potatoes/yams, instant mashed potatoes, jars of gravy, small canned vegetables, jars of sweet pickles, and canned olives.
Making Chrismas Memorable
This year, Christmas will likely look different for us. We may not be able to experience some of our favorite holiday traditions, but we might be able to create some new traditions. Here are some tips for Making Virtual or Drive-In Christmas Memorable:
- Create a worshipful atmosphere in your viewing space. Light an evergreen scented candle. Listen to Christmas carols before and after worship. Set out some candles — and don’t forget to have one available for the traditional singing of “Silent Night.” LED lights will be given out at the drive-in services.
- Get dressed up! Even if we don’t have plans to leave the house, we can still honor the day by donning our best. We can flood our Facebook feeds with pics of our families throughout the day! Don’t forget to check in at Hopewell UMC Downingtown!
- Or wear you PJs. If your family has matching jammies, wear them to service. We didn’t raid the Old Navy racks for nothing!
- Dig into some goodies. As we gather to fill our spirits with the joy of Christ’s birth, let’s fill our bellies with some Christmas cookies, fresh veggies, or the homemade cheeseball Aunt Ida sent.
- Belt it out! As our choir and praise team members lead us in song, don’t hold back. Add your voice and your joy. The lyrics will be on the screen! If you’re attending the drive-in service, get those lyrics here; you can download them to your phone or print them out.
- Use tech to watch together. If we cannot be with our families members this year, invite them to watch with you from their homes. Then call one another or FaceTime so you can chat during this service.
- Relax a little. With less to do, spend more time savoring the scripture. Read it aloud. Talk about what stands out to you and about what God shows you.
- Invite others. There’s never been an easier time to invite your friends and neighbors to church. Email, post, or share the link so they, too, can celebrate!