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December 2021: 3
Yoga in the Sanctuary with Marla Mothershed
Adult Education Series
Crazies Youth Group Meetings
Weekly Women’s Prayer Group
Crazies Winter Retreat
Feed My Starving Children
“Souper Bowl” Fundraiser
Crazies 30 Hour Famine
Christian Ed. Volunteer Appreciation Day
Music Appreciation Day
Yoga in the Sanctuary
Yoga with Marla Mothershed is offered in the sanctuary. All are welcome! Masks are worn and generous social distancing will be practiced. Each session is $10 and it’s gentle yoga for all.
Vacation Bible School
Each year St. Matthew UCC highlights the summer with music, activities and fun while learning about God’s love. Our vacation bible school (VBS) has become a community favorite that draws children from around the area each year. In 2021, our VBS will look a little different, but we hope to return to our regular program the following year. Mark your calendar for a one-day, fun-filled VBS event on Wednesday, August 11, 2021. Geared toward children preschool through grade 5, it will be a great way to end the summer! Click here for the 2021 registration details.
July 4th Parade
St. Matthew UCC participates each year in the Wheaton Independence Day parade on July 4th. We walk via a shopping cart brigade to support the People’s Resource Center and the Interfaith Food Pantry. This is a great way to honor our country and help others at the same time!
Prairie Path Clean-UP
Since 2017, St. Matthew UCC has helped to maintain a one-mile section of the Illinois Prairie Path in downtown Wheaton as a part of the Adopt-a-Trail program run by the DuPage County Department of Transportation. We commit to serve four times a year, helping to support the Illinois Prairie Path’s mission to preserve, enhance, and advocate the Path for current and future generations.
THE DATES FOR 2021 ARE:
Sunday April 25, 2021
Sunday June 13, 2021
Sunday August 15, 2021
Sunday October 17, 2021
Church Picnic Fun Fair
One of our most fun events of the year is our annual Church Picnic Fun Fair in September, as a way to kick-off the Fall season and bring our church family and the entire community together. It typically starts after a Sunday service where we have a Blessing of the Backpacks for the children. Then, the Fun Fair begins with a moon jump, balloons, pop corn, snow cones, face painting, games and prizes. The current schedule and events may vary due to COVID-19. Check back for updates.
Blessings of the backpacks
Every August, we do a special Blessings of the Backpacks for all the St. Matthew children heading back to school. The pastor provides a special blessing over the children and their backpacks, asking God to be with them all year. The children are given a special St. Matthew keychain to keep on their bags all year. In addition, a special blessing is provided to all Sunday School teachers, shepherds, teachers and school staff in the congregation.
Back Bay Mission – Biloxi, MS
Every year, members of St. Matthew UCC go to Biloxi, Mississippi to help with Back Bay Mission. This mission works to provide justice for the marginalized living on the Gulf Coast. One thing Back Bay Mission does is buy foreclosures with grant money they get from the city. Then Back Bay Mission, through their volunteer work camp program, fixes up the houses to be easily maintainable and energy efficient. Because of the grants and the volunteer work, the houses are then able to be sold to people who qualify through the city at low mortgages.
In addition to our work on the houses, we also volunteer in the Micah Center, a day site for the homeless, as well as at the food pantry, Loaves and Fishes, in order to get the whole experience of what Back Bay Mission does.
Please contact us for more information on participating and we will update this page when we confirm future dates.
Advent and Christmas Events
The Christmas Cantata is a St. Matthew UCC tradition. The Cantata tells the story of Jesus Christ coming to Earth to turn darkness into light, give hope to all people and deliver peace. This musical presentation, featuring music by several composers along with narration, highlights this fundamental Christian belief and encompasses the Advent and Christmas seasons. The Cantata is presented by the St. Matthew Chancel Choir, with piano and chamber ensemble, as part of the regular 9:30 am Sunday service.
Please note this is not taking place in 2021.
On the third Sunday of Advent we celebrate a beloved St. Matthew tradition – the Birthday Party for Jesus. The children will begin their celebration of the birth of Jesus during Sunday School, which is held at the same time as the Worship Service. Following Worship and Sunday School, everyone enjoys birthday cake during the Birthday Party for Jesus celebration in fellowship hall.
On the final Sunday of Advent, the IntergeneRingers perform during our Sunday service. It’s a beautiful event, enjoyed by all attendees.
Join us at 6pm for a family friendly Christmas Eve candlelight service. The worship begins with children from the congregation performing the prelude on both piano and string instruments. Family participation continues with familiar carols, lessons and candle lighting completing the worship service.
Christmas Eve Candlelight Service of Lessons and Carols – December 24 at 10pm
The 10pm worship service is a traditional Christmas Eve Candlelight Service of lessons and carols. Both the Chancel Ringers and the Chancel Choir will participate in the worship service.
Note all events may vary in 2021 due to COVID-19.