Center First United Methodist Church Announces Christmas Eve Candlelight Gathering

December 13, 2021 - The First United Methodist Church (UMC) of Center invites the community to a Christmas Eve Candlelight Gathering on the downtown square in front of the historic Shelby County Courthouse from 6pm to 6:30pm. 

First UMC invites the entire community to come together for an evening of festive family time of singing familiar carols while celebrating the joy of Jesus’ birth. Everyone should bring their own candle. Hot cider will be provided before the event. The evening will conclude with everyone singing Silent Night by candlelight!

“First United Methodist Church Center is overjoyed to be able to provide this festive, community-wide, candlelight gathering for the second year in a row,” said Rev. Malcolm Monroe. Come early, enjoy the hot apple cider, and visit with friends from across the community as we unite on this special evening.

In case of inclement weather, the event will be cancelled with no alternative service. (Santa Claus will not be with us because he will be on the other side of the world delivering toys to the children there).

For more information about the Christmas Eve Candlelight Gathering or about First UMC, please contact Rev. Malcolm Monroe at the church office (936) 598-2707 or visit the church website at