December Special Events

Welcome Newark family!


We are excited to announce five special events planned for December 2020. Although COVID-19 has forced us to look at church in a very different way this year, let's make the most of this Christmas season together in some creative and different ways.



Mickey's Christmas Carol ONLINE WATCH PARTY

Friday 12/04 @ 8 pm ET (After Friday Night w/ Friends)

Join us for some online community fun as we collectively watch the Disney classic Mickey’s Christmas Carol. For those of you unfamiliar with the term “watch party”, it’s a way for people to watch a video together from separate computers, in separate locations, and interact with one another about the video in real time. There are multiple ways to participate in a watch party and we are going to use a combination of Disney+ and Teleparty. Please carefully read the directions at the bottom of this page and follow the installation instructions before Friday December 4th.


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Herr’s Christmas Lights Outing

Saturday 12/05 @ 5 pm ET – Leave NUPC parking lot

Join us on Saturday evening December 5th as we caravan to the Herr’s Snack Factory to view their Christmas light display.

20 Herr Drive

Nottingham, PA 19362


There is no cost for this event, and it is a great opportunity for the church family to enjoy a collective activity while maintaining safe and appropriate distancing practices during the COVID-19 pandemic. We will leave the church parking lot at 5 pm sharp to start the 35-minute drive to the factory. Please arrive at the church shortly before 5 pm and DO NOT get out of your vehicles. To help keep everyone safe, the church is not organizing or endorsing any “carpools” or ride sharing. Please use the bathroom before leaving home since the church facilities will NOT be open. Due to this activity, there will not be an evening broadcast at 7 pm ET on Saturday, December 5th.


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Friday Night w/ Friends - Gingerbread Decorating Contest

Friday 12/11 @ 7 pm ET

You want drama? Check

You want action? Check

You want ridiculous commentary for a silly competition? Check

You want to see Steven attempt to decorate? Check

You want to decide who decorates the best gingerbread house? Check

The Great British Baking Show this ain’t…


Join us from the comfort of your living room for a special (and silly) Friday Night w/ Friends as members of the leadership team compete to decorate the best gingerbread house possible in 60 minutes. This live event will pit seven teams against each other in a frenetic attempt to create the most impressive gingerbread house they can within the allotted time limit. After the broadcast, pictures of each house will be posted on this website for one week during the voting phase of the competition. Be sure to vote for your favorite!


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It's A Wonderful Life ONLINE WATCH PARTY

Saturday 12/12 @ 6 pm ET

Join us for a second dose of online watch party fun as we collectively view the Christmas classic It’s A Wonderful Life. For this second selection we will utilize the watch party feature in Amazon Prime. To participate please carefully read the directions at the bottom of this page and sign up for any necessary streaming services before December 12th. Due to this activity, there will not be an evening broadcast at 7 pm ET on Saturday, December 12th.



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Drive-Thru Christmas Giving Service

Sunday 12/13 @ 11 am – 1 pm ET

Join us at the church for our annual Christmas Giving Service. Let’s come together for something bigger than our current situation as we put Jesus at the center of our Christmas activities. He is the reason for the season and just as he came to serve us, we now can serve others through our giving. 100% of the offering gathered in this service will be given away to various ministries and missionary efforts around the globe.


Due to COVID-19 and our efforts to keep everyone safe, this special service will be conducted OUTSIDE in the church parking lot. Please remain in your vehicles and DO NOT open your doors or step out of them. Facilities will not be open, so please use the bathroom before coming. We will have communion available and three “giving stations” set up in the parking lot. Pastoral team members will be wearing masks and moving about the parking lot to facilitate the service. To accommodate the “flow” of traffic and allow each vehicle time for communion and prayer at the giving stations, we are asking families to come within their allotted time slot:


11:00 - 11:30 am Families with last names starting A-C

11:31 - 12:00 pm Families with last names starting D-K

12:01 - 12:30 pm Families with last names starting L-P

12:31 - 1:00 pm Families with last names starting R-Z


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Mickey's Christmas Carol - Watch Party Instructions

  1. You must have a subscription to Disney+ (sorry they do not have a free trial)
  2. You must use a computer (the watch party will not work on any other type of device)
  3. You must install an extension for Teleparty (formerly Netflix Party) and authorize it before the watch party. You can read about how it works and install the extension at https://www.netflixparty.com/
  4. We will post the watch party link at the top of this page 10 minutes before the watch party
  5. Click the link and sign in to your Disney+ account
  6. Once the video has loaded, click the Teleparty extension (see "05. Join a Teleparty" on https://www.netflixparty.com/). You must click the extension as described in order for your video to sync with the rest of the watch party and the chat feature to load
  7. Enjoy the video with everyone else



It's A Wonderful Life - Watch Party Instructions

  1. You must have a subscription to Amazon Prime (you can obtain a 30-day free trial at https://www.amazon.com/gp/prime/pipeline/signup)
  2. You must use a computer (the watch party will not work on any other type of device)
  3. We will post the watch party link at the top of this page 10 minutes before the watch party
  4. Click the link and sign in to your Amazon Prime account
  5. Type your name and join the watch party
  6. Enjoy the video with everyone else