Church Calendar and Special Events

Every year Mt. Sylvan has a number of annual events that fill our calendar with family events

and fill our campus with christian fellowship. 

Click this link for Mt. Sylvan's online calendar

Keep scrolling down this page to read about just a few of our annual festivities.

  • Holy week at Mt sylvan

    • Maundy Thursday Service - Thursday before Easter
    • Good Friday Service - A Tenebrae Service of Darkness the Friday before Easter
    • Easter Sunrise Service - On Easter Sunday before Dawn we gather in Mt. Sylvan's cemetery to praise the resurrection of the risen Christ!
  • pUMPKIN pAtch - Every September - October

    During the entire month of October Mt. Sylvan becomes "The Pumpkin Church" (#pumpkinchurchdurham). We were given this name because of the South lawn of the Campus being littered with orange orbs of all sizes that are sold to local residents as a Northern Durham tradition that supports the Children and Youth Ministries of our church. For more information on volunteering in the patch or purchasing pumpkins contact Youth Coordinator, Libba McClusky at

  • Fall Festival - Every October

    Every October the United Methodist Women of Mt. Sylvan put on this family friendly festival to raise funds for missions and outreach and raise the spirits of the Northern Durham Community. The Festival Features:

    • Homemade Breakfast Biscuits
    • BBQ Lunch
    • Homemade Baked Goods
    • Crafts
    • Silent and Live Auctions
    • Free children's activities

  • aLTERNATIVE cHRISTMAS mARKET - November / December

    In late November or early December each year Mt. Sylvan puts on a shopping bizarre in its Fellowship Hall that provides you the chance to get the right gift for that person that has everything. It allows you to give a gift that not only shows the other person that you care about them but helps you to show concern for others, as well. The Alternative Gift Market allows you to shop for Christmas gifts that benefits the less fortunate. All of the proceeds support organizations that help others. A few of the organizations included are: Backpack Buddies, Habitat for Humanity, Families Moving Forward and more. For more information contact Katy MacDonald at

  • Christmas Cantata - Mid December

    Christmas Music Program featuring traditional and contemporary music by adult & children’s choirs, Praise Band, Mt. Sylvan Ringers, soloists, and instrumentalists.