Traditions unique and beloved by our community, a few of our favorite things...
CHRISTMAS EVE CANDLELIGHT COMMUNION: Scripture, carols, candles, communion… This simple yet beautiful service is the highlight of Christmas for many.
HANGING OF THE GREENS: The West Main Sanctuary is transformed during worship on the 1st or 2nd Sunday of Advent. Children, youth and adults hang wreaths, place poinsettias in windows and light candles as readings and carols are shared. Our poinsettia tree was the vision of Gary Ferguson, our former Minister of Music who passed away in December 2017 from ALS. The tree is made up of over 100 poinsettias given in honor, memory and gratitude for people who have blessed our lives.
THANKSGATHERING: On the Sunday before Thanksgiving, we give thanks to God by gathering as a church family for a huge pot-luck supper. This is a special time to honor new members who’ve joined us in the past year and to sing, create and offer words of thanksgiving together.
BLOCK PARTY/CHURCH PICNIC AT THE MILLS’ FARM: Around West Main’s birthday each fall, we gather for a church-wide celebration. For many years, this was a block party out in our parking lot with bouncy castles, a rock-climbing wall, music, dancing and more. For the past several years, we’ve switched gears and enjoyed a picnic on the farm of one of our West Main families, with goats, pony rides and s’mores by the fire.
VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL: For four nights every summer, we enter into the stories of our faith through the wonder of childhood. This church-wide event brings West Mainers of all generations together with folks from our community as we eat, learn, laugh, dance, play, create and grow together. “I know of no better way to explain to children who God is, to open them up to faith in Jesus Christ, than to give them an experience of awe and wonder; to blow their minds with something awesome. That’s what we try to do during VBS.”