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2018 Winter Holiday Worship

Join us this Holiday Season for a month of Christmas and Christmas-themed worship! From pageants to community festivals to spectacular choral concerts, the holidays at First Unitarian Church are a time to celebrate, contemplate, and be comforted by community. We hope you can join us. 

Vespers Advent Service
Wednesday, December 5th, 6pm. 

Join us for our monthly contemplative evening worship service, a time to rest from the demands of the world and immerse ourselves in the beauty of singing meditation and a candlelit Sanctuary. For this December Vespers, we will also observe the Advent.

Feel free to join us at 6:00 PM with your voice or an instrument for a drop-in musical rehearsal prior to the service. Volunteers are needed to help set up, usher, and clean up, and to help vision and build this new ministry of the church. Interested? Email 

Children's Religious Education Program Pageant
Sunday, December 16th, during Sunday service

Our annual pageant, starring the children of First Unitarian Church, followed by our All-Church Holiday Party. If you would like your child to participate, please email our Director of Religious Education, Shantala Thompson, at 

Holiday & Hope Fest
Sunday, December 16th, during and following Sunday service

Our Holiday & Hope Fest to celebrate the winter and holiday season, renew hope, and benefit the church. This year, the coordinators are asking for help in the following ways: 

1. Bring new or like-new gifts to be sold and re-gifted during this holiday season. These items will be collected during coffee hour on Sunday December 9 and 15. Maximum price limit is $10. 

2. Come to a workday on Saturday, December 15 to help prepare and decorate! We will be in the church from 12pm - 4pm. 

3.  Bake holiday treats to be sold at the Fest. These items can be brought to the help day on Saturday, December 15.

4. Put together a gift basket of delight for silent auction
5. Perform music at the Fest! 

Please contact Luana at or stop by the Holiday Fest coffee hour table after service on Sunday. 

Paul Winter's "Missa Gaia" & Winter Solstice Concert
Friday, December 22nd, 8:00 PM
Join us for a choral performance of the Missa Gaia (Mass for the Earth) to celebrate community, the earth and winter solstice, presented by the Greater Philadelphia Unitarian Universalist Cluster. Suggested donation of $15. No one turned away for lack of funds. For more information, visit here.

Christmas Eve: Candlelit Service of Lessons 
Monday, December 24, 6:30pm 
Join us for our annual candlelit service to share the ancient story of miracles arising out of mystery, and reflect on the meaning of Christmas in our lives and in the world. Stay after for a reception in the Parish Room. The plate collection during this service will be for the church's pastoral care fund.


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