Discover a new way to pray in Birmingham this holiday season


A new way to worship. Photo via Asbury United Methodist Church

It is the season of giving, of conviviality. But what about those who are unable to pray in a typical Sunday service due to Alzheimer’s disease, dementia, Parkinson’s disease, or stroke? This December 16 at 1:30 p.m., Asbury United Methodist Church offers a new way to pray in Birmingham with a dedicated worship service for people with dementia. Here’s what this service is all about, along with other ways to celebrate the holiday season.

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A new way to worship. Photo via Asbury United Methodist Church

Have you heard of Asbury’s Anchor Community Respite Ministry? Their Anchor Program provides fellowship and stimulation to people living with memory loss due to Alzheimer’s disease, dementia, Parkinson’s disease and stroke. It also allows caregivers to break away from their daily demands and focus on themselves. Find out about someone’s experience with the program.

While the Christmas season can be full of joy, it can also pose challenges for those who suffer from memory loss, as well as their families and caregivers. This is why Anchor Community Respite Ministry of Asbury created this special program Worship service adapted to people with dementia on December 16 at 1:30 p.m..

During this special service, you can expect:

  • Christmas carols
  • A short sermon in a relaxed and relaxed atmosphere
  • Communion

The service also includes a unique sermon from Pastor Maggie Dunaway of Asbury—The heart with three large sizes. Based on the beloved book by Dr Seuss How the Grinch stole Christmas, the sermon is sure to capture your heart and remind you of what the holiday season is all about.

“This service is specially designed for people with memory loss, but it’s really for those who just can’t sit still. If they want to move, talk, applaud, sing, anything is allowed and encouraged. We want people to experience the joy of Christmas through worship and they are welcome. There is no dress code, there are no expectations.

Gina McIntyre, Director, Anchor Community Respit Ministry

Event details

What: Worship service adapted to people with dementia
When: December 16 | 1:30 p.m.
Or: Asbury United Methodist Church, 6690 Cahaba Valley Road, Birmingham, AL 35242

Who is Asbury?

I don’t know much about Asbury UMC? Here are a few things to know:

  • It is located in the county of North Shelby, approximately 20 minutes from Birmingham city center.
  • It offers both traditional and contemporary worship services.
  • It has been a place of worship of God and of creation of faithful disciples of Christ for 33 years.
  • He gives 10% of his annual donations to local / international missionary organizations.

One wonderful thing about Asbury is that everyone is welcome. No matter who you are, where you are or how you like to worship, there are ways to celebrate Christmas in Asbury.

More holiday events to attend this season in Asbury

1.27 days of Advent

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Asbury UMC offers daily Advent video devotions. Photo via Asbury United Methodist Church

Asbury kicked off the Advent season with something special: 27 days of Advent video devotions.

During the month of December, visit the Asbury website to watch a new video of prayers, reflections and more. Each video is truly unique and perfect for the whole family.

Log in now until Friday, December 24.

You can also visit Asbury for their Advent sermon The heart that grew in three sizes. Based on The Grinch That Stole Christmas, attend the sermon on December 5, 12, 19 and 28.

2. A Christmas cantata

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The Asbury Choir UMC. Photo via Asbury United Methodist

Do you like the sounds of the season? You will have all the sensations during the Asbury Christmas Cantata. To take place Sunday December 19 at 11 a.m., this annual concert is an unmissable holiday program!

Asbury has a truly amazing music ministry with a choir, band, and bell choir, so get ready for a joyous (and free!) Performance.

3. Christmas Eve worship

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Enjoy a candle light service on Christmas Eve. Photo via Asbury United Methodist Church

If you are looking for a place to celebrate Christmas Eve this year, Asbury is offering four communion services by candlelight on December 24th. So while you are busy preparing for the arrival of Old Saint Nick, family reunions and more, you will have several opportunities to participate.

Live their traditional worship service (Traditions) in the shrine at 4 p.m., 8 p.m. for 11 p.m. For a modern worship service, visit The Bridge in Williams Chapel at 6:00 p.m. Traveling on vacation or prefer to worship from a distance? You can still participate in Asbury’s Christmas Even service by logging into your 30-minute virtual service anytime on December 24th.

Want to celebrate the season with Asbury United Methodist Church? Everyone is welcome! Visit them at 6690 Cahaba Valley Road, Birmingham, AL 35242. To learn more, visit their website and follow them on Facedelivered and Instagram.

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