November 22, 2020
The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not overcome it.
Did you hear that? Would you believe it? Fairhope, do you know?
According to the Gospel of John, the light still shines...and whatever path it may have illumined in the past, THE DARKNESS DID NOT OVERCOME IT! Hear the good news!
After many months of stumbling through the dark of 2020, we are excited to announce this year's Advent theme, Walking Light. Below you will find a schedule of opportunities and events. Whether decorating trees, delivering meals, or donating bicycles--or in creating sacred spaces for praise, worship, and prayer--each offering is designed to lift our spirits in preparation for the Savior of the world. In spite of all that the world has thrown at us, my hope is that God will use the words and images of this season to energize us as bearers of this expectant joy.
Of particular note is our Christmas Eve schedule this year. As you might expect, we are going to try something new!
Traditional services of Word and Table will be available in the Sanctuary at 1:30 and 3:00. At 4:15, an additional service of Word and Table, plus traditional candlelight (with the singing of Silent Night) will be available. In the interest of public health, regular worship protocols will be in place, with a seating capacity of 75 guests for each service. Registration for these services will be accessible through the church webpage beginning Dec 1.
As for the new development, we are grateful for our good neighbors at Alabama Coastal Community College who have invited us to utilize the Halstead Amphitheater for an outdoor Christmas celebration. Some chairs provided, you may wish to bring blankets or additional chairs for seating. No registration necessary! Rejoice and be glad!
Beginning at 5:30pm those who gather will enjoy festive music and singing led by our music teams, followed by a battery operated candle "Light of the World Walk" through a portion of downtown Fairhope.
Wear your traveling shoes, as the plan will be to traverse along the sidewalks and then reconvene at the outdoor courtyard in front of the sanctuary for holy communion underneath the lights of the Fairhope UMC bell tower at 6:45 pm. Special thanks to the Fairhope Police Department for their assistance with this venture. Routes may be adjusted to accommodate accessibility concerns, with golf cart shuttles also available (and yes, we are glad to have volunteers to help with this).
In a year that has been filled with unsettling images in our nation's streets, what will it mean to flood our community with the light of Jesus Christ? I believe that this is our mission, is it not?
Let's make it happen! Walking Light!