Christmas is a special time of the year at Washington Street UMC. You are invited to join in the celebration that God is with us through the birth of Jesus Christ.

Click the images below to find out details about everything going on at Washington Street this joyous season.

This year, the focus of the Advent season at Washington Street is on The Songs of Christmas. You are invited to join in worship as we seek to claim and celebrate the miracle of God in the birth of Jesus Christ as sung in the songs of our faith. Read the Advent sermons online, or join in worship on Sunday mornings!

** While we do not hold a Christmas Day service, you are invited to ‘Worship Where You Are!’ You can find an order of worship to celebrate with on Christmas morning – click here! We hope you and your family enjoy your Christmas celebration and spend time remembering the great news of great joy in the birth of Jesus Christ.

Lo, How a Rose E’er Blooming
December 1, 2019

The rose blooming is a promise of a new spring. But roses don’t just grow in any soil, in any climate – they are finicky plants that need the right soil. In the promise of the hymn, Jesus is coming not just a vision of a rose, promising new life, but as one who comes to change even the soil of creation, cleansing the impurities for the possibility of new life.

My Soul Gives Glory to my God 
December 8, 2019

The Magnificat sings of overturning the status quo, of removing the powerful from power, and reversing economic futunes in the world. It is a promise of the work that Christ will do, and explains why Mary – a lowly unwed woman – considers herself blessed to be part of such a miraculous work.

O Come O Come Emmanuel
December 15, 2019

The song rejoices over the work that Christ has already accomplished. There’s a work of rejoicing for the work of God in Christ … but the song is also a reminder that God’s work is not yet complete. There’s still work to do. And so, while we rejoice in all that God has done in Christ, we also rejoice for the promise of a new earth with new life and no sin.

Come Thou Long Expected Jesus
December 22, 2019

Written in 1744 by Charles Wesley, the hymn is offered as a prayer of supplication for the coming birth of Christ. We long for security, love, relationships, and meaning – and this hymn asks of Jesus to provide each of these. The son ends with an ode to our ultimate hope, “raise us to thy glorious throne.”

Christmas Eve Evening Worship

First Night on
New Year’s Eve

Children’s New Year’s Eve Celebration

December 24, 5:30pm
December 31, 7pm-11pm
December 31, 6pm-9pm
Celebrate and embrace the promise of God delivered through the birth of Jesus at our candlelight Christmas Eve service. All in the community are welcome to attend as we celebrate the miracle of our Savior’s birth. First Night Alexandria is a celebration of the new year through the performing arts with fireworks at midnight! It’s fun, affordable, safe and family friendly. Washington Street will host the Alexandria Singers, who will perform in the Sanctuary. In conjunction with First Night Alexandria, WSUMC will host an early New Year’s Countdown from 6-9pm for families who don’t plan on staying up until midnight. There will be games, noise maker crafts, face painting, and a special New Year’s Eve photo booth.
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