Come Home to Christmas in the beautiful, historic sanctuary of McDougall United Church.
Christmas is an extraordinary time of music and worship at McDougall Church. The McDougall Choir and musicians provide inspiring, creative music throughout the Advent and Christmas services, such as Christmas Music Sunday. As well, we feature the best the wider community has to offer with choirs and musicians of all ages and music across the spectrum.
McDougall Church at Christmas
The Journey to Bethlehem
In the Christian tradition, Advent is a time of waiting and preparation for the birth of Jesus. It is celebrated on four Sundays preceding Christmas.
On each of the four Sundays we light Advent Candles during the service, accompanied by readings. The candles represent Hope, Peace, Joy, Love.
CHRISTMAS SERVICES 2016 - 10:30 A.M.
Sunday, November 27 – Advent 1 HOPE
Sunday, December 4 – Advent 2 – PEACE
Sunday, December 11 – Advent 3 – JOY
Sunday, December 18 – Advent 4 – LOVE
Saturday, December 24 – Christmas Eve Service, 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, December 25 – Christmas Morning Service, 11:00 a.m.
Events Before Christmas
Deck the Halls and Pizza Lunch – on the Saturday before Advent begins.
Mitten and Special Gifts Tree - A time of sharing Christmas gifts for the people who are cared for in the inner city. (see News)
Christmas Music at Noon Benefit Concerts – in support of E4C School Lunch Program (see News)
Christmas Music Sunday - The McDougall Choir sings the special music of Christmas. (see News)
Congregational Christmas Potluck Dinner at Noon - during Advent in the Banquet Hall. (see News)
The Children Go to Bethlehem – the children recreate the Christmas story. (see News)
Bethlehem Café – gathering during coffee time in a modern-day Bethlehem café. (see News)
The Longest Night and the Music of Taize – a reflective time of darkness and light. (see News)
Christmas Eve Candlelight Service - December 24, 7:30 p.m. Welcomes families and people from across the city to this historic sanctuary to celebrate the birth of Jesus. (see News)
Christmas Morning Service – 11:00 a.m. (see News)
Christmas Music at Noon
McDougall Church hosts a series of free noon hour concerts on Wednesdays in December that we call “Come Home to Christmas.”
Please visit our Music Page for more information.
The Wider Musical Community at Christmas
McDougall Church is one of the most popular concert venues in the City of Edmonton at Christmas. Dozens of special community groups use our sanctuary from mid November through December as choirs and musicians offer their best of the season to enhance your Christmas and holiday experience.
Please visit our Music Page for more information.
New Year's Eve
It is an annual tradition that McDougall Church opens its doors on New Years Eve for a free evening of music and entertainment.
Find out more at Music and News.
McDougall Church celebrates the season of Easter throughout the five weeks of Lent, which precede the Easter weekend observances.
Shrove Tuesday on Sunday
Time: 12:00 noon
Location: Banquet Hall
About: We begin the pre-Lenten observance with a pancake feast following the morning service prior to the beginning of Lent, which is Ash Wednesday. The dates vary each year.
Five Sundays of Lent
A 40 day Journey to the Cross
About: Lent begins Ash Wednesday and continues through to Holy Week and Good Friday. These weeks offer us a time to look at the depth of our souls and to more fully embrace that which is sacred at the heart of life.
Date: Sunday, April 9, 2017
Time: 10:30 a.m.
About: This service marks the beginning of Holy Week with a palm procession recalling Jesus’ triumphant entry into Jerusalem. The service leads us into the passion mood of Holy Week. The journey to the cross has begun.
We will be showing the video In Search of Easter produced by National Geographic following the service in the South Hall. All are welcome.
Candlelight Taize Service
Date: Sunday, March 19, 2017
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Where: McDougall Church
About: This is a simple candlelight service of reflection, prayer, readings, periods of silence, and the music of Taize. The service is intended to provide a time of pause and reflection during the Season of Lent, as well as Welcoming the Spring Equinox
Date: Thursday, April 13, 2017
Location: McDougall Church Sanctuary
Communion and Passover Seder
We celebrate this ancient story and ritual on occasional years during the Easter observances, and welcome the wider community to hear the story and share the Passover meal.
Outdoor Way of the Cross
Date: Friday, April 14, 2017
Time: 10:00 a.m.
Location: The walk begins at Immigration Hall, 100 Street & 105 Avenue and will end at Hope Mission at 12 noon.
About: This is an annual ecumenical prayer walk and offers participants a time to notice how the gospel values of Jesus are important to individual and social life today. The walk follows paved streets and lanes in the inner city and is for all ages and levels of ability. It takes about two hours. Please assemble at 9:50 a.m. Light refreshments will be available at the final station.
Good Friday Service
Date: Friday April 14, 2017
Time: 2:00 p.m.
About: The central focus of the service is the story of the crucifixion. We gather at the cross to experience the pain, sorrow and brokenness of life in the context of the larger story of the life, death and resurrection of Jesus.
Date: Saturday, April 15, 2017
Time: 3:00 p.m.
Reflection: Rev. Christina Bellsmith
About: This is an in-between-time. It comes between Good Friday and Easter morning and is a time for us to reflect on the events of the sacred story and of how death is transformed into life and darkness gives way to light.
We offer meditative music with a featured artist and a contemporary reflection. It gives us a quiet space for our own journey and reflection. We follow this time with refreshments and conversation at the back of the church in our “Interlude Café”.
Easter Sunrise Service
Date: Sunday, April 16, 2017
Time: 6:30 a.m.
About: We welcome the dawn as the sun rises over the river valley. As a community we celebrate the resurrection in the morning light and hear again the Easter story. We begin by meeting at the church, then walk across the street to the hill overlooking the river valley to watch the sun rise. We conclude with breakfast.
Please use south entrance on 10086 MacDonald Drive.
Easter Sunday Celebration
Time: 10:30 a.m.
About: We gather to celebrate and announce again the Easter story. This is a traditional service including the joyful music of Easter with the organ, piano, choir and the bright accents of brass.
The observances that began with Palm Sunday and concluding with Easter Sunday are the central worship events of the Christian Year.
Please see our calendar for dates of the above services and further details.