Advent & Christmas Eve Worship

What do the candles in our Advent wreath mean?

During each Sunday of the Advent season, we focus on one of the four virtues Jesus brings us: Hope, Love, Joy, and Peace. The Christ candle is lit on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day reminding Christians that Jesus is the light of the world. The wreath continually reminds us of whom we are called to be as followers of Jesus.

HOPE – December 3 First Sunday of Advent, Purple Candle
LOVE – December 10 Second Sunday of Advent, Purple Candle
JOY – December 17 Third Sunday of Advent, Pink Candle
PEACE – December 24 Fourth Sunday of Advent, Purple Candle
Celebrating the Coming of the Christ Child – December 24 Christmas Eve, White Candle in Center of Wreath


Look, Wait, Wonder!

Experience the wonder of Christmas this holiday season! All are welcome to these events and worship services at Hinsdale United Methodist Church. Please contact the church office with questions or for more information.

Youth Christmas Party!
All youth are invited to the home of Kim Griffin for a Christmas party on Saturday, December 16 at 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Finger foods, desserts, and drinks will be provided. Please bring a gift ($10 max) for a White Elephant exchange. Parents are invited to stay and socialize over food and beverages. Please RSVP by Monday, December 11 to Kim ( or Rev. Cochran (401-864-2441).

Sounds of the Season Concert
The Cantores Community Choir will present “Sounds of the Season” on Sunday, December 17 at 7:00 p.m. at HUMC! This special Holiday Musical Celebration will be directed by Belford Hernandez and feature performances by the Downers Grove South High School Chamber Choir and a Brass Quartet. This is a FREE benefit concert.

“Jingle Bell Beach” Christmas Pageant
We would love to have your kids involved in the Christmas pageant on Sunday, December 17 at 10:30 a.m. We are practicing on Sunday mornings at the 9:30 and 10:30 hours. It is a fun-filled theme and is about a group singing competition that doesn’t go as planned. This is a great lesson that reminds us that “God is with us” in all circumstances. **Dress rehearsal Saturday, December 16 at 9:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Pizza included.

The Meaning is in the Waiting—An All Church Advent Study

All Adult Sunday School classes will join together Sunday mornings during Advent at 9:30 a.m. for The Meaning is in the Waiting Advent book study. Advent means waiting as in “waiting for the Messiah.” However, it is not just we who wait. God is waiting for us! Isaiah says, “The Lord waits that He may be gracious unto you.” God waits on us, for our attention, for our vision, and our ear. Let us wait together and give God our focus this Advent season as we study God’s holy word. The book The Meaning is in the Waiting by Paula Gooder is available in the church office for $10. Join in the class any week you are able.

Christmas Eve Worship Services

Sunday, December 24, 2017

10:30 a.m. Worship Service
All are welcome to our traditional morning worship service.

4:00 p.m. Family Worship
Families are invited to enter into the holiness of Jesus’ birth with carols, candlelight, and special music.

6:00 p.m. “Sounds of the Season”
Free concert featuring local and guest musicians.

7:30 p.m. Traditional Worship Service
A service of scripture, carols, and candlelight with our Chancel Choir and guest musicians.

8:45 p.m. Open House Celebration
Everyone is invited to an Open House Celebration in Fellowship Hall with a light supper. Please bring a plate of cookies to share. Come, enjoy the evening and continue the mystery and wonder of that holy night. All are welcome.

11:00 p.m. Candlelight Service
Candlelight Service with scripture, carols, and communion.