When it comes to what matters most at Christmas, people say that it's spending time with family and friends. United Methodist Communications' 2019 Unwrap Christmas event campaign is designed to help local churches offer meaningful places for people to connect with one another throughout the Advent season. United Methodist Communications is supporting these outreach efforts by offering event grants and other resources to local United Methodist churches.
Congregations are encouraged to plan events, such as free cocoa stands in busy shopping areas, toy giveaway or food packaging experiences, holiday music concerts in parks or live Nativity scenes, as a way to connect people with faith communities. Grant recipients will receive promotional items and resources for the events.
"There are many people throughout the world who seek hope and a sense of belonging and the Christmas season heightens those feelings," said Dan Krause, United Methodist Communications' chief executive. "Through the Unwrap Christmas initiative, our desire is that local United Methodist churches will reach out into their communities to offer an invitation for fellowship."
Congregations that are interested in hosting an Unwrap Christmas event may apply for a limited number of event grants while they are still available. Even without an event grant, churches can host an Unwrap Christmas event using a planning guide developed by United Methodist Communications to make organizing for Advent outreach simple.
In addition to the Unwrap Christmas events, United Methodist Communications is offering customizable Advent resources to all churches. A limited number of $300 grants to offset the costs of the invitational items are available. Learn more at Outreach.com/UMC. A complementary national ad campaign created to offer a message of hope during the Christmas season will be running throughout Advent.