You and your family are warmly invited to celebrate Advent and Christmas at BUMC.  We have events planned for children, youth and adults, some of them in-person and others virtual. Please note that pre-registration is required for all in-person events (except for the drive through events). If you have any questions, feel free to email us at Mark your calendar and make plans to join us!




Adopt an Angel Tree Family

Ongoing (now through December 15) 

You are invited to adopt a family for our Angel Tree Ministry. Our assigned families vary in size, so feel free to request the size family you are able to help. Keep in mind that family members will receive two gifts, each with a value of about $50. Gifts should be wrapped, labeled with the family name and the name of the individual, and then placed in large, clear trash bags. The bags of gifts can be dropped off at A Wider Circle (9159 Brookeville Rd, Silver Spring, MD 20910) at your convenience or at BUMC by 10:00 am on the morning of December 15th for pickup. Contact Beth Reilly


Advent Supply Pickup/Food Drive

Sunday, November 22 & 29, noon - 1:30 pm

Want to make an Advent Wreath for your home? You can pick up Advent Wreath supplies as well as a copy of our devotional and children's advent supplies at our drive through pickup event (also taking place on November 29). To help us with planning, please sign up here so we can be sure to have enough materials on hand.  Don't forget to bring canned food and other non-perishables for our Bethesda HELP Food Drive which is taking place at the same time. Click here for a list of most needed items. Contact Beth Reilly


Alternative Gift Fair

Through the BUMC Alternative Gift Fair you can support local and global ministries by “buying” meaningful gifts in honor of your family and friends.  Just donate directly to the organization of your choice (see list of Alternative Gift Fair organizations) and then send a card or note to your friend, relative or loved one to let them know that you are making a gift in their honor (printable card available on above listing of organizations). 


Advent Devotional: "Finding Hope"

This devotional is a compilation of seasonal liturgies and reflections shared by BUMCers abut times that they found hope in the midst of difficult circumstances. We pray that this devotional will feed your spirit and lift your heart throughout the season.  Click here for a copy of the devotional.


Advent Prayer Calls

Tuesdays & Thursdays beginning December 1, noon - 12:30 pm

For the Advent season, our Daily Prayer Call will take place on Tuesdays & Thursdays and will be focused on Advent reflections and themes. Please join us for a brief time of midday prayer from 12:00 - 12:30 pm,  Tuesdays and Thursdays, as we reflect and pray together via ZoomPrayers with the Pastor will continue on Wednesdays throughout Advent.   Contact Shaw Brewer


Drive Through Communion

Sunday, December 6, 3:00 - 4:00 pm

Come receive the elements at our Drive Through Communion then plan to stay for our last Racial Justice Vigil of the year, which starts at 4:00 pm.


Drive Through Live Nativity

Sunday, December 13, 5:30 - 7:00 pm

Bring the whole family for a special drive through edition of our Live Nativity. This festive event will feature live animals, music & scripture readings transmitted to your car radio, and of course, depictions of scenes from the Christmas story.  Feel free to stop by anytime between 5:30 - 7:00 pm (no RSVP needed). Contact Rev. Scott


Virtual Christmas Pageant

Sunday, December 20, 10:00 am (during online worship)

Join us for online worship as we see the Christmas story through our children's eyes.  All children in pre-K through 5th grade are invited to participate. The service will be broadcast on our YouTube channel (BethesdaUMCMD). Contact Beth Reilly


Longest Night Worship

Sunday, December 20, 5:00 pm (in-person & online)

Join us for a simple, contemplative worship service geared for those who may be having a difficult time this holiday season. We’ll host in-person, outdoor worship in the church parking lot (RSVP required) and also livestream the service online on our YouTube channel (BethesdaUMCMD). 



Christmas Eve

Thursday, December 24 

Join us at one of three services as we celebrate the birth of Jesus.  

4:00 pm: Online Christmas Eve Service on YouTube

This service will feature the sounds of organ, Sanctuary Choir, Bethesda Bells, and the Praise Band.  We'll also be sharing a special Children's Message and a time of candle lighting.

7:00 & 11:00 pm: Outdoor, in-person Christmas Eve Worship (RSVP required; registration will start in early December). Contact the church office