United Methodist Churches provide services for hope and healing during Christmas

While the holidays are meant to be a time of joyous celebration, for many, it’s a time of grief.

This is why United Methodist Churches across the state offer services for those dealing with the loss of a loved one, marital problems, financial insecurities, or any other issue to feel comfort and reassurance. These services, often referred to as “Blue Christmas” or “The Longest Night”, are provided in addition to the church’s traditional Christmas and Advent celebrations.

Arkansas United Methodist Churches that are hosting a Blue Christmas or Longest Night service can be found below, along with service times and locations.

Farmington UMC

355 Southwinds Rd, Farmington, AR

Friday, December 1, 6 p.m.

Pinnacle View UMC

20100 Cantrell Rd, Little Rock, AR

Sunday, December 3, 10 a.m.

Certified therapy dogs will be available after the service to provide comfort.

Sylvan Hills UMC

9921 Highway 107, Sherwood, AR

Monday, December 4, 11 a.m.

This is a “Surviving Grief and the Holidays” workshop that will includes lunch and guest speaker Simone Brock, bereavement specialist from Arkansas Hospice.

Pulaski Heights UMC

4823 Woodlawn Dr, Little Rock, AR

Sunday, December 10, 5 p.m. in the sanctuary

Lakeside UMC – Pine Bluff

1500 S Olive St, Pine Bluff, AR

Sunday, December 10, 3 p.m.

Beebe First UMC

302 N Main St, Beebe, AR

Thursday, December 14, 6 p.m.

First UMC Fort Smith

200 N. 15th Street, Fort Smith, AR

Sunday, December 17, 5 p.m.


300 Central Ave, Bay, AR

Sunday, December 17, 6 p.m.

Central UMC Fayetteville

6 W Dickson St, Fayetteville, AR

Sunday, December 17, 6 p.m. in the sanctuary

First UMC – North Little Rock

6701 John F Kennedy Blvd, North Little Rock, AR

Wednesday, December 20, 6-7 p.m.

Hazen First UMC

This Blue Christmas service will be available virtually on Facebook and YouTube

Thursday, December 21 at 6 a.m.

Conway First UMC

1610 Prince St, Conway, AR

Thursday, December 21, noon and 6:30 p.m. in the Chapel of the Trinity Building

Faith UMC – Little Rock

9820 W Markham St, Little Rock, AR

Thursday, December 21 at 4 p.m.

Lakewood UMC – North Little Rock

1922 Topf Road, North Little Rock, AR

Thursday, December 21, 6 p.m.

First UMC Hot Springs

1100 Central Ave, Hot Springs, AR

Thursday, December 21, 6 p.m. in the Christian Life Center

Jacksonville First UMC

308 W Main St, Jacksonville, AR

Thursday, December 21, 6:30 p.m.

Cornerstone UMC

1910 Disciple Drive, Jonesboro, AR

Thursday, December 21, 6:30 p.m.

Rogers First UMC

307 W Elm St, Rogers, AR

Thursday, December 21, 7 p.m. in the chapel

If your Arkansas United Methodist Church is holding a Christmas service for hope and healing, please email day.davis@arumc.org with the information.

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