Trinity United Methodist Church in DeLand will have three opportunities to worship on Christmas Eve, Friday, Dec. 24. At 5:30 p.m., the church will have a Birthday Party for Jesus. This service will be focused on families with young children. There will be a lot of fun activities for the kids!

A modern worship service will be at 7 p.m., with Candlelight & Communion.

A traditional service with Candlelight & Communion will be at 9 p.m.

A Blessing of the Toys will be Sunday, Dec. 26. Trinity United Methodist will have one service at 10 a.m. that will include the blessing for the young and young at heart! Wear your PJs to church, and bring your favorite toy to be blessed.

Holidazed and confused?

On Sunday, Dec . 26, at First Unitarian Universalist Church of West Volusia in DeLand, Cheryl Orr and Suzanne Southard will present a program that asks if you will allow the presence of the season to be overshadowed by the presents you received? Are socks or a new tie really what you needed? What does the holiday experience give us that we can carry over and share in the new year? What does it all mean?

Zoom services continue until further notice. Virtual services begin at 10:30 a.m. Sundays. The Zoom ID for Sunday services is the same every week: Zoom ID: 927 1881 9188.

Unitarian Universalists are an open-minded, openhearted spiritual community where all are welcomed to learn together. The church participates in Interfaith Kitchen and other community projects.

Regular group meetings continue on Zoom and in person: The Book and Poetry clubs each meet monthly, the Covenant and Discussion groups meet every two weeks, the Men’s Group meets weekly, and the Green Team meets monthly. Special educational programs for children are available.

The church may be contacted through to learn more.

Chrysalis Church to consider God’s second advent

This week, Sunday, Dec. 26, in class and worship, Chrysalis Church will talk about the purpose of God making His second advent and how that compares with the reason for His first advent. Why did God come twice?

John “saw a new heaven and a new earth” (Rev. 21:1), which means the purpose of the Lord’s second coming is to separate the evil people from the good people and to form the good people into a new heaven and a new church on Earth. This is currently happening!

Chrysalis is undergoing renovations and is temporarily gathering at The New Church, 145 N. Euclid Ave. in Lake Helen, beginning at 10 a.m., followed by fellowship and light refreshments. All are welcome.

‘It’s Up to Us!’

Having joyfully celebrated the first coming of Jesus Christ as a babe in Bethlehem so long ago on the 24th and 25th of December, First Presbyterian Church of DeLand extends that joy with eager anticipation of His Second Coming in a single service at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 26, in the sanctuary.

Pastor Michael Bodger will lead this unity service and speak on the topic “It’s Up to Us!” He has chosen to read Colossians 3:12- 17.

Worship will involve “Lessons and Carols” for the congregation to share along with Pastor Bodger’s engaging sermon.

The living God has fulfilled God’s promises with this Christ child. What about us? How do we respond? In so many ways, the world would have us go on our merry way. After all, it was only a holiday!

Our Living God, however, now puts forth an invitation that lasts not only for the duration of a secular holiday. God reaches to us, mighty hand extended, for eternity. How will we respond to the call? Indeed, it does stand up to us.

Activities at 1st UMC

The much-anticipated day has arrived. Christmas is here! The joy, the hope and all the love that surrounds our celebrations fill our hearts and homes with warmth, laughter, family and friends. Truly, what a wonderful time of year it is.

At First United Methodist Church of DeLand, the significance of this season continues to be the focus as church members and visitors join together to share in singing, praying and exploring God’s Word together.

Due to the special holiday and all the special traveling and gathering with friends and family, First United Methodist will have only one service on Sunday, Dec. 26. It will be at 10 a.m. in the main sanctuary.

The church will be continuing to focus on celebration of the season, reflecting with grateful hearts on the greatest gift that God gave the world that first Christmas night. As members and visitors consider God’s gift of His Son, First United Methodist will also consider how our lives are impacted and affected, not just now, but how this gift can transform our life in the year ahead.

Call the office for more information at 386-734-5113.

Mosaic Unitarian Universalist Congregation will have its Christmas Eve Candlelight service via Zoom at 7 p.m. Dec. 24. If you like, have a candle (any shape or size, electric is OK) by your computer while we Zoom. We will light them together at the end of the service. Worship leader, Tracy Lunquist, will guide us through our service. See below for information on how to join our virtual service.

We will also meet online at 11 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 26. The title of the Dec. 26 service is “Yule.”  Join us this Sunday when Minister Teresa Leary will explore the historical and spiritual meaning of the Winter Solstice. A time of reflection when our pagan brethren turn their thoughts inward in an effort to journey through all of the experiences of the prior year.  Worship leader, Judy Raymond, will guide us through our service. All are welcome. For more information on Mosaic, see our website at For instructions on how to join our virtual service, email



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