Advent and Christmas

at The Garden


There’s just something special about the warmth of knowing your home for the holidays. For some, “home” has not always been a place for warmth and safety. And yet, for others, we long to be “home” once again to enjoy the sounds, the tastes, and the people. Advent and Christmas Season are about another kind of homecoming, the homecoming of Christ to redeem and renew us, this earth, and all creation till “heaven and nature sing” with joy eternally. This year’s Advent join us as we embrace the gift of “Home”. Each week’s service will lead us toward making our hearts, our lives, our families, our communities, and our world more like the home Christ’s ultimate homecoming will make it to be. 

Sermon Series Overview:

December 1: 1st Sunday of Advent (Communion Sunday)

9am & 11am 

Sermon: Come Down Home

Focus: Longing for Christ’s Return

Scripture: Jeremiah 33:14-16

December 8: 2nd Sunday of Advent

9am & 11am

Sermon: Home is Where We Meet

Focus: Loving-kindness/faithfulness, Righteousness/peace

Scripture: Psalm 85:1-2, 8-13

December 15: 3rd Sunday of Advent (Confirmation Sunday )

9am & 11am

Sermon: Joy is Our True Home

Focus: Rejoice

Scripture: Luke 1:46-55


At Villa Rica First  7PM

Villa Rica First and Concord invite you to The Longest Night Service. This service, offered on or near the winter solstice, is a service of remembrance, hope, comfort, and inspiration for anyone who finds this season difficult. Come and experience the light that is coming into the world through Jesus Christ our Savior.

December 22: 4th Sunday of Advent

9am & 11am

 (note: 9am advent service, 11am Children’s Nativity) 

Sermon: Making a Home

Focus: Turn with courage because Christ makes this world God’s home

Scripture: Luke 1:46-55

December 24: Christmas Eve

11am & 9pm

(11am communion service with Candlelight and 9pm

Traditional Christmas Eve services)

Sermon: Welcome Home

Focus: Let your heart and life become a manger for Jesus

Scripture: Luke 1:1-20

December 29: 1st Sunday After Christmas

One Service Sunday: 11am

Youth Sunday

A nursery will be available for all events and services.


Advent bible study

"Who Needs Christmas?" Sundays and Wednesdays, December 4th through December 22nd. The details of the Christmas story can seem unbelievable. So now, thousands of years after shepherds watched their flocks and wise men followed a star, you may be asking “Who needs Christmas?” In this series, Andy Stanley shows us that we still need Christmas—but maybe not for the reason you think. Wednesdays 11am, Sundays 10am, Room 205 and 6:30 pm at Concord UMC. NO BOOK NEEDED.