Advent & Christmas at First Church

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December 24th: Christmas Eve

3:00 PM – Family Christmas Eve Service

7:00 PM – Christmas Eve Candlelight Service featuring the Chancel Choir

9:00 PM – Jazz Christmas Eve Candlelight Service featuring Pete Lewis, saxophone; Clare Church, drums; Victor Mestas, piano; Robert Johnson, vocals; and Jason Malmberg, bass


December 25th: Christmas Day

10:30 AM – Christmas Worship Service


Prefer to Join Us from Home for Christmas Services?

ALL Christmas Eve and Christmas Day services will be LIVE-STREAMED.
CLICK HERE to join the live-stream.

You can also view/download the Order of Service for all of our Christmas services.
Click each link below:

3:00 pm Christmas Eve

7:00 pm Christmas Eve

9:00 pm Christmas Eve

10:30 am Christmas Day


Parking Suggestions: Parking is available in the underground garage below the TGTHR (formerly Attention Homes) Apartments, next door to First Church. To access this garage, turn into the alley from either 14th or 15th Street (between Spruce and Pine Streets), and enter the garage opposite the church building. Look for spaces marked “FUMC Parking;” many spaces open up to FUMC use after 6:00 pm on weekdays, and are also available for the church community on weekends. Paid street parking in the neighborhood around First Church must be paid until 7:00 pm on weekdays and Saturdays; paid street parking is free on Sundays. There is some free-of-charge street parking; please read signage carefully. There are also two paid parking lots on 15th Street, both within two blocks of the church. One is between Walnut and Pearl, and one is between Pearl and Spruce. Please leave parking spaces in the church’s circle drive available for folks who need closer access to the building.

Public Transit: First Church is located two blocks from the downtown Boulder Walnut Street bus station (corner of 14th and Walnut). Both local and regional busses serve this station.


Other Events in December

Sunday, December 11

Join the fun after church in the parlor! Decorate cookies, make ornaments, assemble care packages. CLICK HERE to learn more.


Boxes of one dozen cookies are $5, two dozen are $10. Pre-order by EMAILING Connie Takamine, or buy after church on December 11. Pastor Mike Mather will be making his famous chocolate chip cookies!


Sunday, December 18

Gather on the Labyrinth (basement level at First Church) at 5:00 pm. For some people, it can be challenging to find joy in this season. Come for a peaceful service of remembrance to honor our losses and grief of all kinds, and to embrace the hope that Jesus brought to the world. There will be candle lighting, music, and reflection. The service will be led by Katie Warren and Lisa Carr. CLICK HERE to learn more.


Thursday, December 22

CANCELED DUE TO EXTREME COLD AND UNSAFE WINDCHILL. Join us on our beautiful, candlelit Labyrinth from 6:00-7:30 pm to welcome winter, celebrate the longest night of the year, and joyfully anticipate the return of the light. Come, walk, and leave as your Spirit directs you during this time. The Labyrinth is an accessible space; elevator access is available. There is no admission charge; ALL are welcome at this free community event. CLICK HERE to learn more about the Winter Solstice Celebration.
QUESTIONS? Email Barbara Middleton, Labyrinth Docent.


Music Throughout the Season: Symphony of Sound

There are treats for your ears throughout the seasons of Advent and Christmas at First Church. CLICK HERE to learn more about the Advent (and Christmas) Symphony of Sound!


ALL are welcome! First Church Boulder is a Reconciling Congregation, fully welcoming of LGBTQIA+ people and their loved ones. Black Lives Matter.
(Inclusive rainbow flag designed by Daniel Quasar)