Congregations bring Advent message to community

As we celebrate Advent, churches across the West Ohio Annual Conference find creative ways to share the message of Jesus’ birth.

Maize Manor United Methodist Church in Columbus created the “Maize Manor Christmas Countdown Calendar.” With such activities as making Christmas cards and singing carols, the calendar brings church members together while being physically apart. Maize Manor also hosted a drive-thru Nativity.

Several churches across the conference also offered a Nativity in their parking lots.

Church of the Savior United Methodist Church in Cincinnati continues a 33-year tradition of a live Nativity. Set in the parking lot, live scenes capture the biblical story with inspirational music. The event takes about 10 minutes.

At North Broadway United Methodist Church in Columbus, the Advent message is combined with Holy Communion in a drive-thru service. With music and luminaries, this experience provides time for reflection in a socially distanced environment.

The COVID-19 pandemic has brought much distress to our worshipping communities. Yet, churches across the conference remain committed to preparing their communities for the coming of the Messiah.

What activities are you and your church doing for Advent? To share stories of your Advent celebrations, please email Amy Graham at agraham [at]