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Christmas at McDougall


The Journey to Bethlehem

Journey to BethlehemIn 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 2 – Advent 1 HOPE

Sunday, December 9 – Advent 2 – PEACE

Sunday, December 16 – Advent 3 – JOY

Sunday, December 23 – Advent 4 – LOVE

Monday, December 24 – Christmas Eve Service, 7:30 p.m.

Tuesday, December 25 – Christmas Morning Service, 11:00 a.m.



Deck the Halls

Deck the HallsDate:  Saturday, December 1, 2018
Time:  1:30 - 4:30 pm
Location:  McDougall sanctuary and outdoors
About:  If you’ve ever wondered how the church gets to look so beautiful at Christmas, you need to be here to believe it!  We will trim the trees, hang the garlands, string the lights, fluff the wreaths, set up the angels.

Xmas Sanctuary


Mitten and Special Gifts Tree

Mitten treeGifts for the Bissell Centre

The cold winter months means the need for warm woollies increases. Your contributions to the Mitten Tree for the Bissell Centre will be gladly received. Needed are items for children and adults: scarves, hats, mitts, neck warmers, socks and all manner of winter items.

Our special gifts will include Christmas Stockings for the clients of the Bissell Centre. We are invited to share the warmth in your life this holiday season by filling a stocking for families in need.

Fill a stocking for a woman: small sweets, shampoo and bath products, cosmetics, perfume, hand warmers, thermal/wool socks, travel mug with hot chocolate pack, bus tickets, coffee gift card, new underwear, gloves/hats/scarves.

StockingsFill a stocking for a man: small sweets, razor/shaving products, body wash/shampoo, new underwear, gloves, hats, scarves, hand warmers, thermal/wool socks, deck of cards, travel mug with hot chocolate, bus tickets, coffee card

Fill a stocking for a child: clothes, plush toys, musical toys, coloring books, puzzles, Lego, cars and trucks, Barbies, dolls, Sesame Street toys, children’s toothbrushes, toothpaste, bubble bath.

Fill a stocking for a teen: remote control vehicles, craft or science sets, hand held electronic games, sporting goods, cosmetics, hair accessories, makeup hoodies, gift cards.

Gifts should be brought to the church no later than Sunday, December 9.



Advent Market

Xmas Market

Date: Sunday, December 2, 2018
Time: 12 noon
Location: Banquet Hall
About: This will be a marketplace featuring our Painting group with gifts of paintings and other “artful” things for sale, Christmas pie to go with your coffee and 2019 church calendars


Christmas Music at Noon Benefit Concerts

Christmas at Noon

Dates:  Wednesday, December 5 and 12, 2018

12 noon – 1 p.m.
Host: Timothy J. Anderson
Location:  McDougall Church
Coffee:  by Starbucks
Lunch: Bring your own - the Christmas treats are on us! 
A Jazzy Christmas – December 5: Featuring the A/B Trio, special musical guests and Frosty and his Snowmen!
A Celtic Christmas – December 12: Keri Lynn and guests will bring their lively Celtic stylings to this old world genre of music and songs to enchant you!

These noon time concerts are free community events sponsored by McDougall Church, individual donors, and are in benefit and support of the e4c School Lunch Program.  We are pleased to share your generosity with them.


A Child’s Christmas

Xmas Story
Sunday, December 16, 2018
Time: 10:30 a.m.
About: This is the Sunday when the children take over the “story time” in church and bring Christmas to us through their eyes with their creative expressions of the Christmas story.


Congregational Christmas Potluck Lunch

Xmas potluckDate: Sunday, December 16, 2018
Time: 12:00 noon
Location: Banquet Hall, lower level
About: This is our annual Christmas potluck lunch in celebration of the season. All are welcome to come and share a meal with the McDougall community.
What to bring: Please bring a hot or cold main course, or a salad, or a dessert. Food brought to the kitchen on Sunday, December 16 before the 10:30 a.m. service.



Bethlehem Nativity Café

Bethlehem Cafe

Date: Sunday, December 23, 2018
Time: 12:00 noon following the service
Location: Banquet Hall, lower level
About: Come and join us as we recreate a modern-day Bethlehem café with great coffee, tea, Christmas goodies and some Middle Eastern treats. This will be the finale to the choir’s Christmas Music Sunday presentation and a time to welcome our many guests.



Christmas Eve Candlelight Service

Xmas CandlesDate: Monday, December 24, 2018
Time: 7:30 p.m.
This is a magical evening of candlelight and carols for the entire family with special music and the McDougall Choir.


Christmas Mornign Service

Date: Tuesday, December 25, 2018
Time: 11:00 a.m.
About: Join us Christmas Morning for a quiet, reflective service of readings and carols as we welcome and contemplate Christmas Day.



New Year’s Eve Concertnew Year's Eve Concert

Date: Tuesday, December 31, 2018
Time: 7:30 – 10:30 p.m.
Location: McDougall Sanctuary
About: Ring in the New Year with a FREE concert of folk (family) music. This is an all generations event, with activities for kids downstairs, coffee and desserts for sale, and great music! Come in out of the cold and enjoy a great evening before you head out for the fireworks.
Admission: is by a non-perishable food donation in support of the Edmonton Food Bank. Cash donations are welcome.

See our Music page for details


Sunday School

Sunday school

We’ll be looking for you!

Kids are welcome to sit with their families when they arrive. They are invited to come forward early in the service to share a story with the minister, then go downstairs to a Sunday School session for children of all-ages.

McDougall Affirm (LGBTQ) Group

AffirmDate: Last Sunday of each month
Time: 12:30 p.m.
Location: State & Main, 101 Street and Jasper Avenue
About: An informal social gathering for conversation and community. All are welcome

Learn more about Affirm! in Programs


Haven (LGBTQ)

Date: Third Sunday of the month
Time: 7 p.m.
Location: McDougall Church, lower level (please use 10086 Macdonald Drive entrance)
About: Haven is a group of LGBTQ people of all ages who create a contemporary, evangelical style of Christian worship largely for this community, although all are welcome. Their purpose is to provide a safe place where LGBTQ and straight Christians can worship God; it is largely LGBTQ led.



McDougall is a Breastfeeding Friendly Church

McDougall United Church bBreastfeeding logoecame Edmonton’s first official Breastfeeding Friendly church in 2013. In keeping with being an inclusive and welcoming church, mothers will not be asked to move or cover while breastfeeding. They are welcome to breastfeed anytime, anywhere at McDougall.

Business and public places in Edmonton who have adopted the Edmonton Capital Region Breastfeeding Friendly Policy for Businesses and Public Places are eligible to become official Breastfeeding Friendly Community Partners. Community Partners train their staff and volunteers to display a welcoming attitude towards breastfeeding mothers and children, not ask them to cover up or relocate, and to offer appropriate private facilities for women who ask. Training also helps staff handle other patron complaints about breastfeeding.

Community Partners display the International Breastfeeding Symbol. This lets Edmonton’s breastfeeding families know the facility is a safe and friendly space.



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