Reason for the Season: Methodists go back to school for party at Haralson Head Start

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Haralson United Methodist Church member Dawn Atkins visits with youngsters at the Haralson Head Start party.

By W. WINSTON SKINNER winston@newnan.com To celebrate Christmas, some members of Haralson United Methodist Church went back to school. The church sponsored the annual Christmas party held at Community Action for Improvement's Head Start Center in Haralson earlier this month. The preschool program holds classes in a historic brick building that was the community's school for many years.
"Three former students of the Haralson Elementary School -- Eleanor Estes Wilkinson, Ann Roberts Garner and Al Crawford -- participate each year," church member Kay Sutton said. The three "always take time to reminisce about years past," Sutton added. The Haralson outreach connects the church with the preschool program -- and a previous generation of students with young scholars today. Sutton said the church members and John Evans, the pastor at Haralson Methodist, "enjoy the Christmas party as much as the Head Start students." The Haralson church members prepared popcorn, cookies and punch to serve at the Christmas party. During the holiday season, churches have mounted a wide range of projects and events. Groups have enjoyed caroling, held holiday dinners, delivered meals and toys to people who needed them, sung in cantatas, acted in Christmas dramas and recreated the Bethlehem of 2,000 years ago. Music is a big part of the holiday season, and several churches have services planned for today and Sunday that will include familiar carols. Many services -- particularly those held later today -- will include candlelight and communion. Central Baptist Church has had Christmas music throughout Advent. On Dec. 11, the chancel choir sang "Arise, Shine!" with Tim Whitehead as soloist. On Dec. 18, a trio at Central sang "I Wonder as I Wander," and Jim Qualls sang "Christmas Bringeth Jesus."


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