Christmas At Royston

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WELCOME TO CHRISTMAS AT ROYSTON!

Welcome! We are excited you are looking for information about spending Christmas at Royston, and we hope you find the following information helpful as you look for a place to spend Christmas this year. If at any time you have a question, please feel free to contact our church office at 706-245-7402 or office@roystonfirstumc.org. 

Here are few quick things to know about spending Christmas at Royston First UMC:

  • There is a place for you! Whether you prefer a classic and traditional, a more contemporary and modern worship experience, or an online worship experience, we have a place for you. We feel blessed with many different musicians and talented individuals, and we love to worship God in genuine and authentic ways in each of our Sunday morning services.
  • As you enter our worship services on campus, we will ask you to check in at our Guest Services table. In addition to allowing us to stay connected with you about future ministry opportunities, it allows for better contact tracing during the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • While on campus at Royston First UMC, please feel free to visit one of our Guest Services areas if you need help. The Guest Services areas are located in the gathering areas outside the Gym and the Sanctuary. You can also asks any of our hosts for assistance. Our hosts will be wearing red lanyards and are ready to assist you and your family.
  • As you experience God at Royston First UMC, we invite you to share your experience with others through social media. Please be sure to use our hashtag, #ChristmasAtRoyston, so we can help share your experience.
  • If you have any questions during your visit to Royston First UMC, please feel free to ask someone for help. We consider ourselves a friendly bunch of people and would like to help serve you.

TIMES AND LOCATIONS

SUNDAY MORNING SERVICES
First Place Contemporary | 9:30 AM (Gym)
Led by Rev. Matt Parker
Praise Band leading music  

A modern worship experience that blends today’s music with timeless teaching.

Traditional Worship Service | 11:00 AM (Sanctuary)
Led by Rev. Matt Parker

A classic worship experience that includes traditional hymns, ancient creeds and liturgical readings, and a biblical and inspirational message.


CHRISTMAS EVE EVE SERVICE
December 23 | 7 PM (Gym)
Led by Rev. Matt Parker
FirstPlace Praise Team leading music


CHRISTMAS EVE SERVICES
Classic Candlelight Christmas Eve | 5 PM (Sanctuary)
Led by Rev. Matt Parker
Music provided by Guest Musicians and Organ

Modern Christmas Eve | 7 PM (Gym)
Led by Rev. Matt Parker
FirstPlace Praise Team leading music

Acoustic Christmas Eve | 11 PM (Sanctuary)
Led by Rev. Matt Parker
Jerry Black leading music


CHRISTMAS AT HOME
With a global pandemic and many people not feeling comfortable to be with us in person for worship, we want to offer a way to be with us online for Christmas worship. This year, we will offer a three-part Christmas at Home series. We invite to celebrate the joy of Christmas wherever you are!

You can access all of the Christmas at Home series from our YouTube page. The video will premiere at the dates and times listed below.

A Service of Lessons & Carols | December 13 at 5 PM
Provided by the Lagrange College Music Department and guest musicians
WATCH EPISODE 1

Christmas Eve Candlelight | December 20 at 5 PM
Music provided by various musicians from Royston First UMC, and a Christmas message from Matt Parker is the perfect way to celebrate Christmas at home this year. Get your candles ready and join us for the candlelight at home.
WATCH EPISODE 2

A Kid’s Christmas Story with Heather Woods | December 24 at 3 PM
Children (and adults) are invited to join Heather Woods as she reads “Twas the Evening of Christmas.”
WATCH EPISODE 3

A Walk Thru Bethlehem | December 25 at 10 AM
Thanks to our friends at Simpsonwood UMC, you can experience an authentic live nativity experience as you walk through a reenactment of the city of Bethlehem at the time of the birth of Jesus. Simpsonwood United Methodist Church has provided this live nativity experience for their community for over 25 years, and this year they recorded the reenactment to share with everyone.
WATCH EPISODE 4


WHAT IS ADVENT?

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The season of Advent, which comes from the Latin word adventus meaning “coming” or “visit,” begins four Sundays before Christmas and ends on Christmas Eve. Advent is the beginning of the liturgical year for Christians. [Liturgical — from liturgy, which means the forms and functions of public worship.]

During Advent, we prepare for, and anticipate, the coming of Christ. We remember the longing of Jews for a Messiah and our own longing for, and need of, forgiveness, salvation and a new beginning. Even as we look back and celebrate the birth of Jesus in a humble stable in Bethlehem, we also look forward anticipating the second coming of Christ as the fulfillment of all that was promised by his first coming.

SHARE CHRISTMAS WITH SOMEONE

Share your favorite Christmas experience and photos, and use #ChristmasAtRoyston to share it with others on social media (Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter).

PLAN YOUR VISIT

WHERE DO I GO WHEN I GET THERE?
Parking is available behind the church and on in front of the gym. Additional parking is available at Northeast Georgia Bank and, if there is not a funeral scheduled, you can also park at Pruitt Funeral Home. As you’re walking to the building, our greeting team will meet you and show you where to find the Sanctuary, Gym, restrooms, and nursery. If you need anything throughout the day—mints, ear plugs, a Bible, or a pen—feel free to ask someone. We try to be a friendly bunch, and we’d love to serve you.

HOW LONG IS THE SERVICE?
Our Sunday morning services typically last about forty-five minutes. We start by singing two to three songs. Then our pastor preaches a biblical and relevant message.

Some of our special services and events during Advent (including Christmas Eve) typically will last about an hour. All Christmas Eve services will include music, an inspirational message from our pastor, and candle lighting (traditionally done while singing “Silent Night”).

If you’re visiting for the first time, you’ll want to give yourself a few extra minutes to check in with us, find your seat, and get situated. You are important to us and we would love to meet you and answer any questions you may have.

WHAT SHOULD I WEAR?
Don’t feel like you have to dress up. Most people wear casual attire, but you are welcome to wear whatever makes you comfortable.

CAN I ATTEND IF I’M ____________?
Go ahead and fill in the blank with whatever fear you have about not being accepted: divorced, single parent, broke, recovering addict, gay, transgender, atheist, skeptic, etc. At Royston First UMC, we believe that every person matters to God and all are welcome. No matter where you are in life, we have a place for you!

DIRECTIONS

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Still need more information? Contact our church office at 706-245-7402.

We look forward to worshipping with you at Royston First United Methodist Church!