The Chrismon Tree (seen at left) is located at the front of our sanctuary and has been a tradition at UMCG since 1975.
Betty Chamberlain, wife of then Pastor Bert Chamberlain, brought the idea of the tree to UMCG in 1974 after being inspired by a similar tree at Wesley Church in Aurora. On December 7, 1975, the 75 original ornaments were dedicated at a special service complete with appropriate music, explanations of the symbols and spotlighting.
Last year, Women's Ministry volunteers repaired old ornaments and created new ones to add to the wonder and beauty of the tree.
The word "Chrismon" is a combination of the Greek letters, Chi (X) and Rho (P), the monogram for Christ. Early church members would use these symbols to identify themselves to one another and to indicate places of worship. All Chrismon symbols refer primarily to our Lord and God.
The evergreen on which they are hung symbolizes the eternal life which Christ has won for us. The white lights represent Christ, the Light of the World. The gold in the ornaments represents the glory and majesty of God, and the white represents the purity, innocence and perfection of Christ.