Churches to celebrate the season today, Tuesday

by W. Winston Skinner

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Nate Thomas, 10, and his 7-year-old sister, Daphne Thomas, contemplate a Nativity scene displayed earlier this month in the parish hall at First United Methodist Church of Newnan. 


Coweta County churches have full calendars this weekend, and many have special services set for Tuesday, which will be Christmas Eve.

Christians celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ on Christmas Day. Many religious celebrations of the season involve recollection of biblical stories about Jesus’ birth — including his birth in a stable, the singing of angels, the visit by shepherds and a later visit by wise men from the East.

Music is a big part of celebrating the season in most churches. Central Baptist Church will hold at Christmas communion service today at 6 p.m. Flutist Bethany Lukehart and oboist Russell Wilson will be guest instrumentalists for the service.

Wilson and Lukehart will play traditional Christmas carols and other reflective duet pieces.

Central is one of several local churches that will hold multiple services on Christmas Eve. At the 6 p.m. service, the Young Musicians — who are in grades 3-5 — will be singing.

Those attending the 6 p.m. service are asked to bring canned goods to place under the tree in the sanctuary.

Central’s traditional Festival of Lessons and Carols is set for 11 p.m. A string quartet will join the chancel choir for the service. There will be nine Scripture lessons accompanied by music.

The lessons service will begin with a procession and conclude with “Silent Night” sung in the light of flickering candles.

Providence Baptist Church on Providence Church Road will have a children’s music program today at 5 p.m. Afterward, everyone will go to the fellowship hall for finger foods — and a visit with Santa.

Cross Point Church in Hogansville will have a Community Christmas Musical Service today at 11 a.m., according to Jason Veitch. He said that service will be “followed by a community Christmas feast.”

Word of God Lutheran Church in Peachtree City will have Christmas Eve Candlelight services on Tuesday at 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. Both services will include Holy Communion, according to member Joan Secor.

Word of God is one of the few area churches with a service scheduled for Wednesday. A Christmas Family Style service will be held at 10:30 a.m. “It will be a time for sharing Christmas memories, singing carols and fellowship with one another,” Secor said.

Activities on the calendar for today include:


• Christmas Service, St. Christopher Hellenic Orthodox Church, Peachtree City.

Orthros, 7:45-9 a.m. Divine Liturgy, 9-10:15 a.m. Community Christmas Program/Lenten Luncheon, 10:15 a.m.-noon.

• Advent Mass, St. George Catholic Church, 8/10 a.m.

• Menlia Trammell/Greg Wright, soloists, Central Baptist Church, 8:45 a.m.

• Jim Qualls/Amy Headley, soloists, Central Baptist Church, 10:55 a.m. The chancel choir will also present “Benedictus.”

• Community Christmas Musical Service, Cross Point Church, Hogansville, 11 a.m. Christmas feast to follow.

• Spanish Advent Mass, St. George Catholic Church, noon.

• Christmas Candlelight Communion Service, Liberty Christian Church, 5 p.m. The Liberty Singers present a Christmas musical, ‘Night of the Father's Love.” Refreshments will follow.

• Children’s Music/Cookies With Santa, Providence Baptist Church, Providence Church Road, 5 p.m.

• Cantata, Sunnyside Baptist Church, 6 p.m. A finger food fellowship will follow.

• Christmas Communion, Central Baptist Church, 6 p.m.

• “Miracle on Main Street,” children’s play, Sargent Baptist Church, 6 p.m.


Services schedules on Christmas Eve include:


• Candlelight Communion, First United Methodist Church, Newnan, 4 p.m.

• Candlelight Service/Communion, Word of God Lutheran Church, Peachtree City, 4 p.m.

• Great Hours of the Nativity of our Lord, St. Christopher Hellenic Orthodox Church, Peachtree City, 4-5:15 p.m.

• Candlelight Service, Cornerstone United Methodist Church, 4:30 p.m. This will be a child/family oriented service.

• Children’s Christmas Eve Service, Newnan Presbyterian Church, 5 p.m.

• “East Newnan Baptist Church will have it's Christmas Eve service at 5 p.m.,” according to June Harris.

• Christmas Eve Mass, St. George Catholic Church, 5/7 p.m.

• Children’s Christmas Eve Pageant, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 5 p.m. A musical prelude will start at 4:30 p.m.

• Candlelight Service, First Baptist Church, Moreland, 5 p.m.

• Christmas Eve Service, Allen-Lee Memorial United Methodist Church, Lone Oak, 5 p.m. Communion and a candle-lighting service are planned.

• Family Candlelight Communion, Hopewell United Methodist Church, Tyrone, 5 p.m.

• Vespers for the Nativity of our Lord, St. Christopher Hellenic Orthodox Church, Peachtree City, 5:15-6 p.m.

• Christmas Eve Service, WellSpring Church, Senoia, 5:30 p.m.

• Christmas Communion, Providence Baptist Church, Providence Church Road, 6 p.m.

• Family Christmas Service, Central Baptist Church, 6 p.m.

• Visit by Bishop St. Nicholas of Myra, Cathedral of Christ the King, Sharpsburg, 6 p.m. This will be a child friendly service with a gift for children, songs of the season, Christmas scriptures and Holy Eucharist.

• Divine Liturgy of St. Basil for the Nativity of our Lord, , St. Christopher Hellenic Orthodox Church, Peachtree City, 6-7:30 p.m.

• Christmas Eve Service, First Presbyterian Church, Peachtree City, 6 p.m. Nationally recognized organist Bill Pasch will be playing. At 6:30, the First Presbyterian Kindergarten children’s choir will present “Away in a Manger,” accompanied by David Stivers on guitar.

The First Presbyterian Chancel Choir will also perform “Christmas Lullaby” by John Rutter. Morgan Hay will read the Christmas Story with congregation participation, and the service will conclude with “Silent Night,” accompanied by a candlelight service. This will be a family-friendly event.

• Candlelight Communion, First United Methodist Church, Newnan, 6:30 11 p.m.

• Candlelight Service, Cornerstone United Methodist Church, 6:30 p.m. A formal service with communion is planned.

• Candlelight Communion, Newnan Presbyterian Church, 7 p.m.

• Candlelight Service, Resurrection Lutheran Church, 7 p.m.

• Candlelight Service, Sunnyside Baptist Church, 7 p.m.

• Contemporary Christmas Eve, Cokes Chapel United Methodist Church, Sharpsburg, 7 p.m. Candle-lighting and Holy Communion will be part of the service.

• Candlelight Service/Communion, Word of God Lutheran Church, Peachtree City, 7 p.m.

• Traditional Candlelight Communion, Hopewell United Methodist Church, Tyrone, 7 p.m.

• Traditional Christmas Eve, Cokes Chapel United Methodist Church, Sharpsburg, 9 p.m. Candlelight and communion will be included.

• Candlelight Service, Cathedral of Christ the King, Sharpsburg, 9 p.m. Christmas music, Scripture and Holy Eucharist will be facets of the service.

• Candlelight Service, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 11 p.m. A musical prelude will start at 10:30 p.m.

• Candlelight Service, Resurrection Lutheran Church, 11 p.m.

• Festival of Lessons and Carols, Central Baptist Church, 11 p.m. The chancel choir and a string quartet will perform.

• Candlelight Communion, First United Methodist Church, Newnan, 11 p.m.

• Candlelight Service, Turin United Methodist Church, 11:30 p.m.

• Midnight Mass, St. George Catholic Church, midnight.

Services scheduled on Christmas Day include:


• Christmas Orthros, St. Christopher Hellenic Orthodox Church, Peachtree City, 9-10:15 a.m.

• Christmas Day Service, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 10 a.m.

• Christmas Mass, St. George Catholic Church, 10 a.m.

• Spanish Christmas Mass, St. George Catholic Church, 10 a.m.

• Christmas Family Style, Word of God Lutheran Church, Peachtree City, 10:30 a.m.


Several churches will continue to have a bit of Christmas next Sunday, Dec. 29. Student Day at Christmas will be observed at 10:55 a.m. that day at Central Baptist Church, and Holy Family Sunday Mass is set at St. George Catholic Church — at both 8 and 10 a.m.

Allen-Lee Memorial United Methodist Church will feature Christmas music in its Fabulous Fifth Sunday service, set for 11 a.m. on Dec. 29.



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