Christmas is right around the corner! Hurray!! The lights! The decorations! The trees! The presents! What Fun!!
But wait; Christmas is SO much more than that.  First Methodist Humble invites you to participate in what we see as the real reason and meaning of Christmas; the birth of Jesus Christ.
 
Those who attend Journey to Bethlehem Saturday, Dec. 10, from 5 to 8 p.m., will be transported back in time to a world of angels, shepherds and a child born in a manger many years ago.  Come see the live nativity, with the Christ Child in the manger.  Listen to the singing shepherds as they tell the story of the precious gift given on that Holy Night.  Enjoy the live animals that complete the scene and dare to enjoy the thrill of a camel ride.
 
Many activities await children and adults alike in this adventure.  Adults may pray, reflect, and  enjoy the peace and serenity created by  the large display of sacred nativities in the Sanctuary.
 
Visitors may partake of cookies and hot chocolate offered in the breezeway. Don't miss a stroll through the campus and wonder at the intricate settings and decorations that set the mood for the miracle that took place on that sacred night.  All will enjoy the music of the shepherds as the wander through the crowd. Each visitor will be greeted by the census takers when they enter the gates, as church members recreate the reason people traveled to Bethlehem so many years ago.  Guests too, may register, as did the folks long ago.  At this spot, children will be given a Christmas bag to collect their gifts as they go along their way.
 
Journey to Bethlehem abounds with fun but meaningful activities for all children who come to visit.  They will find a spice shop, where they can create a spice bottle with frankincense and myrrh, two of the gifts the Wise Men presented to the child Jesus. There will be a carpentry shop where children will be helped to create an object out of wood.  A potter’s shop, a craft shop and even a bakery will give children more hands on activities to experience the life of a village of long ago, and have  meaningful pieces to take home that remind them of the true meaning of Christmas.
 
And that’s not all!  A puppet show, enacted by the animals in the stable who witnessed the birth of the Savior, can be enjoyed by all.  Before they leave, each child will be given one more special gift: a coloring and activity booklet, with many beautiful pictures, telling the Christmas story through the eyes of a Wise Man’s camel. All residents are encouraged to bring their children so they may receive this beautiful remembrance of Journey to Bethlehem!
 
Additionally, all are invited to attend the Christmas concert and Christmas services:
 
Christmas Concert    Sunday, Dec. 18, 9 a.m.. and 11:15 a.m.
 
First Methodist Humble Chancel Choir and Orchestra will present a concert retelling the Christmas story. The concert will be divided into four parts:  Hope, Love, Peace and Joy. Christmas Eve Services are at 3 p.m., 5 p.m., and 11 p.m. Christmas Day service is at 10 a.m. The 3 p.m.service in the sanctuary is a family service, specifically designed for children to participate in the Christmas story. The 5 p.m. service is a traditional service in the Sanctuary with the reading of the Christmas story, carols, and lighting of candles. The 11 p.m. service is the same as that offered at 5 p.m., but will be held in First Methodist Humble’s historic chapel.
 
Christmas Day service in the sanctuary, 10 a.m. Children may bring a non-violent toy for a blessing.