Annual Events

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Although these special services and events occur annually at Calvary, there's always something new to see!

Easter Sunday Worship Service 11:00am

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Easter is celebrated with 11:00am worship led by Rev. Larry Homitsky and featuring music by the Renewal Choir, organist Brian Burns, and the South Hills Brass. Children's sermon and music are also highlights. A light luncheon for all follows the service.

Worshipers are surrounded by Calvary's restored Tiffany windows, including the 30-foot Resurrection Window, depicting the women at the tomb, disciples, the Roman guards, and Christ stepping from the burial place.

About Easter

The season of Easter, or Eastertide, begins at sunset on the eve of Easter and ends on Pentecost, the day we celebrate the gift of the Holy Spirit and the birth of the Church (see Acts 2). Easter is also more than just an extended celebration of the resurrection of Jesus. In the early church, Lent was a season for new converts to learn about the faith and prepare for baptism on Easter Sunday. The initial purpose of the 50-day Easter season was to continue the faith formation of new Christians.

Today, this extended season gives us time to rejoice and experience what it means when we say Christ is risen. It's the season when we remember our baptisms and how through this sacrament we are, according to the liturgy, "incorporated into Christ's mighty acts of salvation." As "Easter people," we also celebrate and ponder the birth of the Church and gifts of the Spirit (Pentecost), and how we are to live as faithful disciples of Christ.

This special service has a need for additional greeters and ushers.

Easter Sunday 2014 Photo Album Easter Sunday 2015 Photo Album Easter Sunday 2016 Photo Album

Vacation Bible School

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Every summer, we host our annual Vacation Bible School for all the children in our community from ages 3 thru 11. For one week, our church is transformed into a different world to tell the story of Jesus through music, games, art, storytelling, and snacks. The church is alive and bursting forth with enthusiasm like no other week in the entire year! We involve many, many adult and youth volunteers who have as much fun as the children.

Serve as a guide, leader, or helper in art, games, stories, outdoor activities, or meal preparation to lead children ages 3-11 on their faith journey in a summer program. There is also a need for people to help with decorating, set up, and tear down.

VBS 2014 Photo Album VBS 2015 Photo Album

Handel's Messiah Sing-Along Concert

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Bask in Handel's inspiring Messiah, surrounded by candlelight and Calvary's magnificent Tiffany stained-glass masterpieces!The performance is a community "sing-along," with professional soloists, an orchestra, and an amateur chorus. The annual concert started six years ago out of a desire to provide the Northside community with a sing-along rendition of Handel's most beloved work, "Messiah". The sing-along was founded on a principle of openness - everyone is welcome in the choir, and everyone is welcome in the performance. No audition is required to sing, just join the rehearsals. As an audience member you are not required to sing, but you are certainly invited to sing.

This holiday tradition now brings over 400 people to Calvary UMC to sing selected choruses including the famous "Hallelujah Chorus". Audience members are asked to bring 1-pound non-perishable food items for the pantry at Northside Common Ministries. Cookie reception with the artists follows in the Victorian Chapel. It's a fantastic way to kick off the holiday season, and we invite everyone to join us and sing for the joy of it!

Volunteers are need for publicity, poster distribution, ushering, box office, refreshments, parking, set up, and tear down.

Messiah 2011 Photo Album Messiah 2012 Photo Album Messiah 2013 Photo Album Messiah 2014 Photo Album Messiah 2015 Photo Album
Photo Credit: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Old Allegheny Victorian Christmas House Tour

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Experience a By-Gone Era

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Our tour features six (6) restored Victorian homes plus the historic Calvary United Methodist Church, famous for its beautiful Louse Tiffany stained glass windows, all decorated to celebrate a Nineteenth Century Christmas.

These personally guided tours afford a rare opportunity to glimpse a by-gone era and experience to warmth of the season in a truly old fashioned style. Most homes in Allegheny West are over 100 years old and Victorian in architectural style. Lavishly decorated for the holidays, they recall the late 19th Century birth of the traditional American Christmas: elaborately decorated mantels, towering Christmas trees and pine, holy and mistletoe on stairs and chandeliers.

Volunteers are needed for help with the Calvary Cafe (food preparation, handling food, cleaning eating area, cashiers), set up, and tear down. Volunteers typically work a 2-hour shift the day of the event.

Children's Christmas Party

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The children of Calvary and our community enjoy a Sunday afternoon full of fun activities that celebrate Christmas. Also, even though he's very busy, each year we always manage to book Santa as a special visitor for the children.

There is always a need for plenty of help for decorating, setup of stations for crafts, help with the crafts, and cleanup once the party is over.

Children's Christmas Party 2014 Photo Album Children's Christmas Party 2015 Photo Album

Candlelight Christmas Eve Service

Christmas Eve - Special Music Starts at 7:00pm & Service Begins at 7:30pm
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You are invited to discover a more meaningful holiday season by celebrating Advent and Christmas at Calvary. Let the words of beloved carols and scriptures set the foundation. Stirring choral, organ, and handbell music will set the scene. The peaceful illumination of Advent builds to an unforgettable Christmas Eve Service as both young and old remember the birth of Jesus, our Savior.

This special service has a need for additional greeters and ushers.

Candlelight Christmas Eve 2012 Photo Album Candlelight Christmas Eve 2014 Photo Album