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Yule, the winter solstice, is a reflection of duality, cycles, and seasons, and a belief that as the Holly King is overcome by the Oak King, we all partake in the miracle of renewal.  

Hanukkah, the festival of lights, commemorates a time of miracles when the faith of the Jewish people sustained them to reclaim their holy temple and keep the light of the menorah burning for eight days. 

Christmas, the celebration of Jesus' humble birth in a manger, offers a reminder of the miracle of birth and the desire for saviors to heal the scars of humanity. 

Here, at First Universalist, we see the love you give to others, the space you create to hold one another's joys and sorrows, and the generosity and spirit you entrust to this community. You are the holiday miracle.

If you would like to connect more deeply with our community of miracle-makers, please join us in membership.
December 18, 4:00pm
Soulful Solstice Service
In recognition of the imminent arrival of the longest night, we'll gather in the dark of the evening for this earth-centered, multi-generational service and candle lit labyrinth walk. Please note there will be no morning services.
Read more:  Soulful Solstice

Saturday, December 24
Christmas Eve Services
This Christmas Eve we offer two joyous holiday celebrations: an early service at 6:30pm for children, families, and those who enjoy more active worship, along with a quieter, meditative, and musical service at 10:30pm. 
Read more:  UU Holidays
Saturday, December 31, 7pm
New Years Eve Clam Drop
Move over NYC ball drop - the Yarmouth clam drop is the New Years Eve tradition to come out for. Look out for Steamer, Yarmouth's famous clam mascot, to be lowered from First Universalist's steeple at 7pm. Come ahead of time for cookies and hot chocolate - it's free and family-friendly!
Read more: Clam Drop

December 25 & January 1
Virtual Christmas and New Years Day Services
Unwrap the virtual services delivered to your inbox on Christmas Day and New Years Day. A message, story, and music will all come to you on these two Sunday mornings.
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This Sunday is our earth-centered, multi-generational, participatory service on the cycles of darkness and light. Please join us at 4:00pm for the service and candlelit labyrinth walk.
First Universalist services and event cancellations are announced by 7am on our website and on WCSH Channel 6 (television station). 
If you are experiencing a crisis, including needing a hospital visit, you may call Rev. Jennifer on her cellphone: 207.356.1467 any time. Please note that Friday and Saturdays are typically her days off - Rev. Jennifer does not check email on these days, but will answer any crisis or emergency calls.

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