Families & Fellowship

Support for families is an important ministry at Duluth First United Methodist Church.  Parenting classes with childcare provided offer help and support to families.  Activities for the family to do together are also a part of the church calendar.

A variety of events are offered for Christian fellowship for all ages – singles, couples and families.  Movie night, dinners, Trunk or Treat, and Christmas Caroling are just a few examples of the fellowship events at Duluth First United Methodist Church.


UPCOMING FAMILIES & FELLOWSHIP EVENTS


Children’s Ministry Movie Night Featuring “The Star”: December 6th
The Children’s Ministry invites kids ages 4 through 5th grade to a Movie Night on Friday, December 6th, from 5 to 7 p.m. in the Youth Center (“The Fish Tank”), located on the 1st floor of the Family Life Center. In the movie “The Star” a small but brave donkey named Bo yearns for a life beyond his daily grind at the village mill. One day, he finds the courage to break free, embarking on the adventure of his dreams. On his journey, he teams up with Ruth, a lovable sheep who has lost her flock, and Dave, a dove who has lofty aspirations. Along with three camels and some eccentric stable animals, Bo and his new friends follow the Star and become accidental heroes in the greatest story ever told - the first Christmas.

The cost is $5 per person at the door, which includes pizza, dessert, and a drink. You are also asked to bring a new hat or pair of mittens for a donation to the B.B. Harris Elementary School. If you have any questions, please contact Leslie Yokeley, Director of Children’s Ministries, by e-mail at lyokeley@duluthumc.org, or call 770-476-3776, ext. 138.


United Methodist Women's Christmas Brunch - "Who is Coming to Our House?":  December 7th

The United Methodist Women of Duluth First United Methodist Church will present their annual Christmas Brunch on Saturday, December 7th, from 10 a.m. to noon in the Fellowship Hall. This year’s program, “Who is Coming to Our House?”, shares how we, as Christians prepare our hearts and our homes for the most wonderful time of year and how, long ago, the animals of Christmas played a part in preparing for the birth of the baby Jesus.


The women and children, (ages 6 and up) of our church are invited, along with their guests, to come and share a delicious brunch, sing Christmas carols, and hear the heartwarming story of how the animals played a role in welcoming baby Jesus to the world. The cost for food is $5 per person at the door.


There will also be a love offering that will go to The Proskuneo School of the Arts located in The Nett Church, Nettwork Campus in Norcross. The school is working to better the quality of life of the many immigrants in the Norcross area by offering tutoring to low-income students and opportunities for the children to participate in music, art, drama, or dance, while incorporating biblical truths, investing in the spiritual lives of these students.


For more information about the UMW Christmas Brunch, please contact Terrie Adkins by e-mail at ttadkins@sprynet.com, or 678-516-4363, or Sue French by e-mail at bramsu@bellsouth.net, or 404-434-8001.


Chamber Chorale Concert:  December 8th

On Sunday, December 8th, at 7:00 p.m. in the Sanctuary the Duluth First UMC Chamber Chorale will present a Christmas concert, Hodie Christus Natus Est (Today Christ is Born). A dessert reception in the Fellowship Hall will follow the concert. The concert is FREE. Donations to the Duluth First UMC Music Ministry are greatly appreciated.


Girl Scout Troop 4489 Fundraising Dinner:  December 11th
Girl Scout Troop 4489 will provide supper on Wednesday night, December 11th, as part of their annual fundraising efforts.  Supper will be served 5 to 6:30 p.m. in Hinton Hall, located in the Family Life Center. The menu will include lasagna, salad, garlic bread, and cake for dessert.

Money raised at this dinner will go to support community efforts as well as provide funds for the girls’ activities throughout the year. Mark your calendars now. You don’t want to miss this yummy dinner provided by the Girl Scouts of Troop 4489. Donations will be accepted at the door and at each table. Please be generous!


Christmas Sing-Along and Concert:  December 11th

On Wednesday, December 11th, beginning at 6:00 p.m. in Hinton Hall, join us for a Christmas Sing-Along and Concert, featuring Christmas caroling and a concert provided by our children’s and youth choirs.


Chancel Choir Christmas Music Presentation:  December 15th

The Chancel Choir will present their annual Christmas music program on Sunday, December 15th, at 11:00 a.m. in the Sanctuary. This worship service of scripture and song will feature new and beloved carols, accompanied by organ, brass, and percussion. We are pleased to welcome Gate City Brass (www.gatecitybrass.com) who will not only accompany the choir and congregation, but will also share several of their own arrangements.


Christmas Eve Services at Duluth First UMC: Tuesday, December 24th

Noon - Contemporary Worship Service with Communion
• Music, featuring Christmas carols, will be led by the Contemporary Worship Praise Team.
• The Contemporary Worship Service with Communion will be held in Hinton Hall.

4:00 and 6:00 p.m. - Candlelight Services
• Music at the 4:00 p.m. service will be led by the Youth and Children’s Choirs.
• Music at the 6:00 p.m. service will be led by the Chancel Choir.
• The Christmas Eve Candlelight Services will be held in the Sanctuary.

NOTE: Childcare will be available for all of the Christmas Eve services.


Contemporary Worship Christmas Eve Service:  December 24th
This year at our noon Contemporary Worship Christmas Eve Service, we invite all the children who wish to dress up as a character from the story of Jesus’s birth (wise men and women, shepherds, animals, angels, stars, etc.) and process in behind Mary, Joseph, and baby Jesus in the beginning of the service. There will be a space on the floor in front of the crèche for the children to sit and all children regardless of whether or not they decide to wear a costume are invited to do so.

As we celebrate the gift of the baby Jesus please bring a “gift” in the form of practical items for newborns/infants (such as diapers, baby wipes, formula, etc.), to place beneath one of the Christmas trees in Hinton Hall during the service. These gifts will be delivered to a local community/organization that serves families in need of such resources.

We look forward to celebrating this joyous time of year with you as we all accept the invitation to come forward and participate in the birth of our Christ. Grace and peace to you during this Advent season!