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Come Home to Christmas in the beautiful, historic sanctuary of McDougall United Church.

Christmas Music Sunday

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.


Advent wreathSunday, December 1 – Advent 1 HOPE
Sunday, December 8 – Advent 2 PEACE
Sunday, December 15 – Advent 3 JOY
Sunday, December 22 – Advent 4 LOVE

Tuesday, December 24 – Christmas Eve 7:30 p.m.
Wednesday, December 25 – Christmas Morning 11 a.m.


Events Before Christmas

Check the News page for more details on all of our events over the Christmas season...

Deck the Halls – on the Saturday before Advent begins, Nov. 30, 9 – 12 noon

Mitten and Special Gifts Tree - A time of sharing Christmas gifts for the people who are cared for in the inner city.

Christmas Music at Noon Benefit Concerts – in support of e4c School Lunch Program, Dec. 4 and 11, 12 noon – 1 p.m.

Christmas Music Sunday - The McDougall Choir sings the special music of Christmas, Dec. 22, 10:30 a.m.

Congregational Christmas Potluck Lunch at Noon - during Advent in the Banquet Hall, Dec. 8

A Child's Christmas – the children recreate the Christmas story.

Light In the Midst of Darkness – On the Longest Night
A time of remembering, praying, solace, and quiet reflection, Dec. 22, 7 p.m.

Bethlehem Nativity Café – gathering during coffee time in a modern-day Bethlehem café., Dec. 22, 12 noon - 1 p.m.

Xmas CandlesChristmas 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.



Christmas Mornign Service

11:00 a.m.


Christmas Music at Noon

Come Home to XmasMcDougall 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

New Year's EveIt 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.




Cherry Blossoms

McDougall Church celebrates the season of Easter throughout the five weeks of Lent, which precede the Easter weekend observances.



Pancake Sunday
Shrove Tuesday on Sunday
Date: February 23, 2020
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.


Easter TapestryFive 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.


PalmsPalm Sunday
Date: Sunday, April 5, 2020 - See virtual service details
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.



Maundy Thursday
Recalling the Last Supper


Date: April 9, 2020 - See virtual service details
Time: 6:30 p.m.
About: On the night before Jesus died, he had supper with his disciples: he took bread and gave thanks; broke the bread; and gave the bread to his friends, saying, “take this and eat it. This is my body given for you. Each time you do this, remember me.”
After supper he took a cup of wine and gave thanks; passed it to his friends, saying, “This cup is the new promise God has made with you in my blood. Each time you do this and drink from this cup, remember me.”


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

**Cancelled IN 2020 due to COVID-19**
Easter Thorns

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.



CrossesGood Friday Service
Date: Friday April 10, 2020 - See virtual service details
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.



Easter “Interlude”
Holy Saturday

**Cancelled IN 2020 due to COVID-19**

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

**Cancelled IN 2020 due to COVID-19**

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
Easter liliesDate: Sunday, April 12, 2020 - See virtual service details
10:30 a.m.
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.



Sanctuary at Christmas


Come Receive the Gifts of Christmas
















For God so loved the world







































Easter Quote































This do in Remembrance of me.








He is risen, indeed!

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