The stirring choruses of Handel's "Messiah" will again launch the holiday season for the Gulf Shores community with a 2:30 PM performance on Sunday, December 8, 2013 by the Choral Society of Pensacola at Gulf Shores United Methodist Church.
Under the baton of musical director Xiaolun Chen, featured soloists will include: Carla Connors, soprano; Wanda Brister, mezzo-soprano; Leo Day, tenor; and Patrick Jacobs, bass-baritone; along with the 60-member Choral Society singers. The performance will be accompanied by the Choral Society Orchestra, featuring members of the Pensacola Symphony.
Organized as the Pensacola Oratorio Society in the fall of 1935 for its first presentation of "Messiah," 2013 marks the choral group's 78th consecutive annual performance of this timeless masterpiece. Be a part of this moving experience.
Concert tickets may be purchased at the church office any weekday from 9AM to 4PM with reserved seating for $20 and general admission for $15. Call the church office 251-968-2411 for more information or please view the church website at www.gulfshoresumc.org.
Aldersgate UMC will present The Word Became Flesh, a Christmas drama featuring the Aldersgate Chancel Choir, Orchestra, and Drama Team.
River City United Methodist Church will host its 8th Annual Messiah Sing-Along: A Community Celebration December 10, 2013 beginning at 7 p.m.
All who love singing the beloved Handel's Messiah are invited to join members of the Montgomery Chorale and many church choirs at a sing-along performance of the Christmas portion accompanied by strings and harpsichord. It will thrill your heart to sing with a mass choir under the dome of the church's beautiful sanctuary. Listeners are also invited to enjoy this Christmas classic.
This event will be directed by Rebecca Barrineau Taylor, director of Montgomery Chorale. Outstanding soloists will be featured.
The event is free. Books will be furnished.
A nursery is available. Light refreshments will follow. Below is a downloadable flyer.
For additional information, call the church office 334-263-0549 .
GED classes are taught at St. John United Methodist Church/The Grace Place/El Lugar de Gracia. The classes are taught in English and Spanish, topics are Language/Composition or Essay and Mathematics/Science and classes are prepared based on actual GED tests, so you will be learning as if you were taking the exam.
Gulf Shores United Methodist Church invites you to a labyrinth walk that will prepare your heart for the “Christ” season. The walk will be December 11, 2013; come and go between 3 and 7 pm. Light refreshments will be served.
Advent is a season observed; it is a time of expectant waiting and preparation for the celebration of the birth of Christ at Christmas. It is the beginning of the liturgical year and commences on Advent Sunday, which is the fourth (4th) Sunday before Christmas. The Advent Prayer Labyrinth Journey's aim is to give people a quiet space to reflect on Christmas and its meaning for them and allow them to take something of this into their daily lives during the hectic holiday season. This Advent Prayer Labyrinth Journey uses the labyrinth idea of journeying inward to a still centre and then journeying outward back to the world.
There will be prayer stations one may choose to participate in to quieten and open themselves in preparation for their prayer walk.
Within the Christian tradition, labyrinths became popular during medieval times in Europe when pilgrimages to the Holy Land were dangerous. As a spiritual discipline, the faithful set out on such pilgrimages to designated cathedrals where labyrinths were often referred to as 'journeys to Jerusalem'. This spiritual exercise is reflective of our personal journey, twisting and turning, inward toward God's Mystery and outward toward the world. We enter the labyrinth without expectations and allow the experience to unfold.
All are welcome to join in this unique prayer walk. This spiritual experience is an ancient prayer tool ~ a method of 'walking meditation' by means of a spiritual path which leads the pilgrim to its center, symbolizing the search for God within us.
“Advent, like its cousin, Lent, is a season for prayer and re-formation of our hearts. Since it comes at winter time, fire is a sign to help us celebrate Advent. If Christ is to come more fully into our lives this Christmas, if God is to become really incarnate for us, then fire will have to be present in our prayer. Our worship and devotion will have to stoke the kind of fire in our souls that can truly change our hearts. Ours is a great responsibility not to waste this Advent time.” – Edward Hays, A Pilgrims Almanac
Frisco City United Methodist Church will particpate in a Live Nativity drive through December 13 and 14, 2013 beginning at 6:00 pm both nights. This live nativity scene will begin in front of the Frisco City High School on the practice ball field.
Your joyous journey begins at the corner of Ray's Hardware and continues up School Street. Drive slowly, lower your car window, and listen as church choir members sing carols. Their music will warm your heart and prepare you for the unfolding of this wondrous nativity story. Listening to a beautiful CD narrative, complete with background music, you will experience through sight and sound this live nativity. Ten stations with biblical characters, live animals, and realistic scenes tell the story of the birth of Christ. You will travel back in time to that humble stable and experience the wonder of the birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ. Take away a free Christmas gift that you can share with your friends and family.
Hayrides are also available at Frisco City UMC. Bring a blanket, snuggle up and let our Frisco City Fire Department volunteers do the driving.
A new feature this year is the "Cross Carrier" puppeteers. This is a group of inspired young people from the Frisco City Holiness Church who will be performing both nights. You will be spellbound as "Gigi" shares her version of the Christmas story along with songs provided by the Puppeteers. They are located next to the Hospitality Tent.
You may park your vehicle and visit our prayer tent, hospitality tent and puppeteers. Parking instructions will be given at the CD Collection Center. Refreshments will be served in the hospitality tent. Bibles will be offered to visitors.
Everything is free!
We encourage you to come celebrate the birth of Christ with us; come as a family, church group, neighborhood group, or on your own. This is our gift to you from our area churches working together to promote Christian love and unit.
Sponsored by Frisco City Revive, Inc, our local firemen, the Town of Frisco City and area churches