Christmas at Sterling


A Special Advent Season Bible Study

Beginning on Sunday, November 28th at 10:00 a.m. Pastor Linda will begin a four week Advent study entitled:

The Heart that Grew Three Sizes: Finding Faith in the Story of the Grinch”

This study reminds us of the power of grace that initiates transformation. Please contact the office, if you plan to attend. The cost for the book is $11.50

Sunday, November 28 until Sunday, December 19
10:00 a.m.  


Living Nativity

Join us on December 18 for a Living Nativity experience at Sterling United Methodist Church! Bring the family and visit the various stations that tell the story of Christmas.  You will experience the Nativity Scene with live actors, a chance to see Santa and his elves, and receive a Christmas goodie bag!

Saturday, December 18
5:00 p.m. to  7:00 p.m.

The church building will not be open to the public during this event.

Volunteers are needed for this event!  If you are able to help, in any way, please email Heather Toth at .


Spanish Language Christmas Service

The In-Person Bilingual Christmas Eve service will be a celebration in both English and Spanish. Join us for a morning of joy, celebration and communion!

To register for this event, click here.

Sunday, December 19
10:00 a.m.

Child care is available at this time


Blue Christmas

The Christmas season is often associated with joy and love; but for many, this time of the year magnifies loneliness, anxiety and grief. As others are celebrating it can make those who are hurting feel even more lost and alone. If you are in need of support this Christmas, please join us for the In-Person Blue Christmas service here at Sterling UMC.

To register for this event, click here.

Monday, December 20
7:00 p.m.

 Child care is available at this time

Christmas Eve Candlelight and Communion Services

Sterling UMC will return to having three Christmas Eve Candlelight and Communion Services this year.  These  services are  filled with traditional Christmas music, a Christmas message, an opportunity for Communion, and closing with Silent Night and the lighting of the candles.   We hope you and your family will spend Christmas Eve with Sterling!

Friday, December 24 at 7:00 p.m.     ( To register for this event, click here.)

Friday, December 24 at 9:00 p.m.      ( To register for this event, click here.)

Friday, December 24 at 11:00 p.m.     ( To register for this event, click here.)

Child care will be available for the 7 p.m. service only
Available on both YouTube and Facebook Live

Shepherd’s Run

On Christmas Day we honor those in our community who serve tirelessly to keep our community safe.  This year due to Covid restrictions related to food, we will be delivering gift cards to local fire stations. police stations and hospitals.  Volunteers are needed to coordinate the event, and to make the deliveries.  Donations of gift cards in small denominations ($5 to $20) for restaurants, fast food establishments, or grocery stores can be dropped off to the church office.

To participate, contact Jim Jochems, email , or call the church office at 703-430-6455.

Saturday, December 25  (time to be determined)