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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 3 – Advent 1 HOPE

Sunday, December 10 – Advent 2 – PEACE

Sunday, December 17 – Advent 3 – JOY

Sunday, December 24 – Advent 4 – LOVE

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

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



Come Home to Christmas


Christmas Music at Noon Concerts

Christmas at Noon

Dates:  Wednesday, December 6 and 13, 2017
Time:  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 Touch of Opera – December 6: We will welcome and enjoy the Christmas music of McDougall musical artists as they help us welcome the season with traditional songs of the season.
A Touch of Jazz – December 13: Featuring A/B Trio with special guests Ryan Davidson and Caleb Nelson.

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.



Deck the Halls

Deck the HallsDate:  Saturday, December 2, 2017
Time:  2:00 - 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.



Advent Market

Xmas Market

Date: Sunday, December 3, 2017
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, 2018 church calendars, and handmade crafts from the Sunday School.



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 10


A Child’s Christmas

Xmas Story
Sunday, December 10, 2017
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.



Special Music for Christmas

Amahl and the Night Visitors - An Excerpt

Amahl and the Night Visitors

Date: Sunday, December 17, 2017 at McDougall United
Time: 10:30 a.m.
Venue: McDougall United Church
Guest Artists: Graham Fast, baritone | Martin Galba, tenor
Kimberley McMann, Soprano | Bertrand Malo, bass-baritone
About: The special music during Sunday worship on Dec 17 will be an excerpt from the Epiphany based story performed as an opera, Amahl and the Night Visitors.

Performance of the Full Opera
Dates: December 27 and 28
Time: 7 p.m.
Venue: Holy Trinity Anglican Church
About: The full one hour length opera will be performed in English
Tickets: Eventbrite and at the door.

Congregational Christmas Potluck Lunch

Xmas potluckDate: Sunday, December 17, 2017
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 17 before the 10:30 a.m. service.



Bethlehem Café

Bethlehem CafeDate: Sunday, December 17, 2017
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: Sunday, December 24, 2017
Time: 7:30 p.m.
About: This is a magical evening of candlelight and carols for the entire family with special music and the McDougall Choir.




Christmas Mornign Service

Date: Monday, December 25, 2017
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: Sunday, December 31, 2017
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 to Churchill Square 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 | Click here for poster


Sunday School

Sunday school

We'll be looking for you!

Kids meet at the back of the church at 10:30 a.m. during the Sunday service, then go to their session following the all “ages and kid’s time” story. Their guide is Jodine Chase, who has a program of interesting topics, ideas, and fun things to do for all ages. Please plan to join us.



Children & Youth Ministry

Cosmic Adventures

Click here to find more information on the Children and Youth Ministry program online.

For inquires about CYM or any of the upcoming events, email Jodine Chase.

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 became 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 logobreastfeeding 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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