Churches announce special Christmas services
Special services and other activities in churches this week include the following:
Abingdon Episcopal Church, White Marsh, will run the Angel Tree again this year. Each family member chooses a tag with sizes and wish list ideas.
At Christmas, poinsettias and wreaths will fill the church in thanksgiving, celebration and in memory of loved ones and of special events. To dedicate a poinsettia or a wreath, call the church office at 693-3035.
The Panther Pack program which provides meals to children at Abingdon Elementary School will return to a shop and pack system starting this month. Food will be purchased and donated each month for distribution the following month. Designated shoppers will buy milk, canned entrees, cereal and fruit cups and the congregation is being asked to donate the other items.
ABUNDANT HARVEST WORSHIP CENTER
The sermon title of Pastors Wil Early and Gloria Savage-Early of Abundant Harvest Worship Center, Gloucester, at 10:30 a.m. Sunday will be “Christmas 2014: I Desire Christ.”
ALL SAINTS ANGLICAN
All Saints Anglican Church, Saluda, will have the Old English tradition of Lessons and Carols during the 11 a.m. Sunday worship service.
A Christmas Eve service will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday.
The Youth Ministry of Antioch Baptist Church, Susan, will present a Christmas program at noon Saturday at the church.
BEECH GROVE BAPTIST
The adult choir and the children’s choir of Beech Grove Baptist Church, Coke, will present special Christmas music at the 11 a.m. Sunday service.
The church will sponsor the canteen for the blood drive for the American Red Cross at the Moose Lodge from 1-6 p.m. today.
On Friday, the church will go caroling at 7 p.m. in the Coke area and then return to the church for snacks and singing around the piano.
BELLAMY UNITED METHODIST
The Handbell Choir of Bellamy United Methodist Church, Gloucester, will present its annual Christmas selections at both the 8:30 and 11 a.m. Sunday services.
BETHANY UNITED METHODIST
The United Methodist Men of Bethany United Methodist Church, Gloucester Point, will host a church-wide breakfast at 9 a.m. Sunday before the worship service at 10 o’clock. The Chancel Choir will present its Christmas cantata, “I Hear the Prophet Callin.” The sermon title of Pastor Debbie Marion will be “Advent Love.” There will only be one worship service.
The Naomi Circle will meet at 10:30 a.m. today.
A hot dog supper will be held at 5:30 p.m. Monday in the Warren Belvin Fellowship Hall, followed by Christmas caroling.
Two Christmas Eve services will be held on Wednesday. Lessons and Carols will be presented at 7 p.m. and a candlelight communion service will be held at 11 o’clock.
BETHEL UNITED METHODIST
Bethel United Methodist Church, Onemo, will hold a men’s prayer breakfast at 7:45 a.m. Sunday.
A Christmas Eve communion service will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday at St. Matthew UMC, Peary.
CENTRAL UNITED METHODIST
The sermon title of the Rev. Suzanne Gibson, pastor of Central United Methodist Church, Mathews, at both the 8:30 and 11 a.m. Sunday services will be “God and Two Pregnant Women.”
A Christmas Eve candlelight and communion service will be held at 5 p.m. Wednesday. Children and adults will enjoy the service of music and story, a release said.
CHRISTIAN FELLOWSHIP MINISTRIES
Christian Fellowship Ministries, King William, will have its annual “Holiday Extravaganza!” at 7:30 p.m. Friday. Minister Dontay Tillman of Richmond, will be the musical guest.
Pastor Brian Nicholson of Jerusalem Baptist Church of Charles City, will be the guest speaker for the Sunday service. For more information, call or text 804-263-2405.
CHURCH OF ABRAHAM
The sermon title of Pastor Sheron P. Green of Church of Abraham, Ordinary, at 8 a.m. Sunday will be “The Greatest Gift.” The Heirs of Promise will lead the praise and worship.
CHURCH OF THE LIVING WORD
The sermon title of Bishop Gregory Woodard of Church of the Living Word, Hayes, at the 10 a.m. Sunday service will be “Making Room for Jesus.”
“H.O.P.E.” service will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday.
The sermon title of Mr. Woodard at the 10 a.m. Christmas Day service will be “It is all about Jesus’ Birthday.”
Cornerstone Fellowship, Cobbs Creek, will have a Christmas service with Christmas music and communion at 10 a.m. Sunday.
There will be no Healing Center or mid-week service on Wednesday.
FIRST BAPTIST, ORDINARY
The Rev. Eric Elam of Richmond, will preach at the 11 a.m. Sunday service in First Baptist Church, Ordinary. Music will be rendered by the Youth Choir and Howard Moore III. Devotions will be given at the Walter Reed Convalescent Center at 2 p.m.
FIRST MORNING STAR BAPTIST
First Morning Star Baptist Church, Bena, will hold a church business meeting at 9 a.m. Saturday.
Floyd Fleshman will teach Sunday school, “Give Glory to God,” at 9:45 a.m.
The Senior Choir will sing under the direction of Linda B. Burrell at the 11 a.m. communion worship service. The annual Christmas dinner and Christmas program, starring church youth, will follow the service.
The sermon title at the 8:15, 9:30 and 11 a.m. Sunday services in First Presbyterian Church, Gloucester, will be “Promises, Promises: The Promise of a Thirst Satisfied.”
On Wednesday, the children’s Christmas pageant will be presented at the 5:30 p.m. family Christmas Eve service. The sermon title of the 9 o’clock service will be “Promises, Promises: The Promise Made Flesh.”
GLOUCESTER DEACONS UNION AND LADIES AUXILIARY, INC.
The Gloucester Deacons Union and Ladies Auxiliary will meet on Monday, at St. Paul Baptist Church, Gloucester. The Executive Board will meet at 7 p.m. and the regular session will begin at 7:30. Junius Davenport of the host church will be the guest speaker.
GLOUCESTER POINT BAPTIST
The sermon title of Pastor Bud Goude of Gloucester Point Baptist Church at the 11 a.m. Sunday service will be “The Character of the Savior.” Children will present their Christmas musical at 6 p.m.
On Saturday, One Harvest delivery will be held at 7:30 a.m. and the youth will have a Christmas party at 6 p.m.
The church will go Christmas caroling around the neighborhood at 6:30 p.m. Monday. A Christmas Eve service will be held at 5 p.m. Wednesday.
GROVES MEMORIAL PRESBYTERIAN
A Christmas program, “Behold that Star!” will be presented during the 10 a.m. Sunday worship service in Groves Memorial Presbyterian Church, Glass. This will be followed by a congregational reception.
The sermon title of Pastor Bill McCullough at the 9 p.m. Christmas Eve service on Wednesday will be “A Christmas Eve Story.”
GWYNN'S ISLAND BAPTIST
The children and youth of Gwynn’s Island Baptist Church will present their annual Christmas program at 11 a.m. Sunday. The devotional topic of Dr. Ed Jordan, pastor, will be “The Greatest Gift.” The cantata, “The First Noel,” will be presented at 7 p.m. Soloists will be Donna Alexander and Gary Hudgins. Tyrone Hudgins will be the narrator. Immediately preceding the cantata will be a hand bell performance by the Celebration Ringers from Goochland Baptist Church, directed by Denise Huff. A reception will follow in the Moore Memorial Hall.
A Christmas Eve candlelight service will begin at 5 p.m. Wednesday featuring carols, special music, scripture reading, and a devotional by Dr. Jordan, “Glory in the Hills Becomes Glory in Our Hearts.”
KINGSTON EPISCOPAL PARISH
Kingston Episcopal Parish, Mathews, announces for the fourth Sunday in Advent, Holy Eucharist I and the Hanging of the Greens at 8 a.m. at Christ Church and Holy Eucharist II and the Hanging of the Greens at 10:30 at Kingston Chapel at the Parish House.
Monday Book Study will continue at 7 p.m. at the Parish House; Wednesday, Christmas pageant and Holy Eucharist II will be held at 5 p.m. at Kingston Chapel and Gift of Carols concert by the choir at 10:30 at Christ Church, followed by Holy Eucharist I.
LIGHTHOUSE WORSHIP CENTER
The sermon title of the Pastor Ken Cramer of Lighthouse Worship Center, Ordinary, at the 8 and 10 a.m. Sunday services will be “Around the Table.”
A Christmas Eve candlelight service will be held from 6-7 p.m. Wednesday.
The sermon title of Pastor Jay Butcher of Macedonia Baptist Church, Foster, at the 11 a.m. Sunday service will be “From Fear to Confidence.”
A Christmas Eve service will be held at 6 p.m. Wednesday.
Children (pre-school through fifth grade) of Mathews Baptist Church, Hudgins, will go caroling at the Riverside Convalescent Home-Mathews and have a birthday party for Jesus at 2 p.m. Friday.
On Sunday, the contemporary service at 8:30 a.m. will include special Christmas music featuring the youth and children of the church.
The church will hold a living nativity from 6:30-8 p.m. Monday.
MATHEWS CHAPEL UNITED METHODIST
The sermon title of Pastor Les Goode of Mathews Chapel United Methodist Church, Cobbs Creek, at the 11 a.m. Sunday service will be “How Do You Decide Which Way to Go?” It will also be “Pennies from Heaven” Sunday.
A Christmas Eve candlelight service will be held at 11 p.m. Wednesday.
NEW CREATION MINISTRIES
“The Joys of Christmas Celebration,” a Christmas program with the Soul Consolers, music, drama, dance and a host of anointed adult and children singers, will be presented at 4 p.m. Sunday in New Creation Ministries, Cobbs Creek.
NEW HOPE INDEPENDENT BAPTIST
New Hope Independent Baptist Church, Ark, will have a Christmas social for church teens at 5:30 p.m. Friday.
There will be coffee and fellowship from 8:30-9 a.m. Saturday, prior to an open food pantry from 9-11 o’clock at the church. The food pantry is open to the public. Members will conduct visitation after the food pantry and are asked to meet at the church at 11.
A covered-dish Christmas luncheon at noon will follow the 11 a.m. Sunday service. The 2 p.m. worship service will include a singspiration by members, after which there will be Christmas caroling at Daffodil Gardens in Gloucester. There will be no evening service.
NEW MT. ZION BAPTIST
The Food Ministry of Mt. Zion Baptist Church, Woods Cross Roads, will distribute food from 9-11 a.m. Saturday.
NEW POINT FRIENDS
The sermon title of Pastor Bill Lawson of New Point Friends Church at the 11 a.m. Sunday service will be “The Preposterous Exchange: God With Us.”
Petsworth Baptist Church, Gloucester, will hold the children’s choir musical, “A Brand New Star,” directed by Beth Stevens, at 7 p.m. Saturday.
There will be no Sunday evening services.
A Christmas Eve service will be held at 6 p.m. Wednesday with candlelight and the Lord’s Supper.
Providence Baptist Church, Hayes, will hold a youth Christmas party at 7:30 p.m. Saturday.
A candlelight Christmas Eve service will be held at 5 p.m. Wednesday.
The Adult Choir of Reedswood Christian Church, Gloucester, will present its Christmas program, at 11 a.m. Sunday, followed by a Christmas dinner.
A Christmas Eve service will be held at 6 p.m. Wednesday.
SALEM UNITED METHODIST, DIGGS
The sermon title of Pastor Brian Johnson of Salem United Methodist Church, Diggs, at the 10:50 a.m. Sunday service will be “Singing with Mary.”
A Christmas Eve candlelight communion service will be held at 10:30 p.m. Wednesday in the sanctuary. Prior to the service, children and parents are invited to attend the Christmas story reading by Mr. Johnson in the fellowship hall.
SAMUEL WORD OF FELLOWSHIP MINISTRY
The message title of Pastor Lady Denson of Samuel Word of Fellowship Ministry, Guinea, during the noon Tuesday “Burning Bush Miracle Bible Study” will be “Not Later, Do It Now, Said the Lord.” The Morning Glory prayer meeting will be held at 5 o’clock.
A “free clothes and food jamboree” will be held from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, at 2692 Carmines Island Road, Hayes. A release noted that they are accepting clothing donations for men, women, boys, girls and infants. Call 642-0222 or 642-5132 for more information.
Severn Church, Naxera, has recently purchased a new piano in the sanctuary in memory of Lydia Hall.
A Christmas Eve service will be held at 5 p.m. Wednesday.
The sermon title of Pastor Frederick Carter, pastor of Shepherdsville Baptist Church, Gloucester, at 11 a.m. Sunday will be “Birth of the Child.” Clarence Holmes will teach the 10 o’clock Sunday school, “Giving Glory to God.”
A Christmas play, “The Christmas Caravan,” will be presented at 1 p.m. Saturday.
The Women of Change Ministry of Shiloh Baptist Church, Yorktown, will meet from 10 a.m.-noon Saturday. The theme will be “How Are We Spreading Joy to Someone Else’s World this Holiday?” There will also be an ornament exchange.
SINGLETON UNITED METHODIST
The sermon title of Pastor Calvin Griffin of Singleton United Methodist Church, Ware Neck, at the 11 a.m. Sunday service will be “The Benediction.”
A Christmas Eve service will begin at 7 p.m. Wednesday.
The church has a new blog, http://singletonumcblog.wordpress.com.
The Unity Choir of Smithfield Baptist Church, Gloucester, will sing at the 9 a.m. Sunday service.
Soul Food Wednesday will resume in January with study of the book of Matthew.
SPRING HILL BAPTIST
The sermon title of the Rev. Dr. Chuck McDaniel, pastor of Spring Hill Baptist Church, Cobbs Creek, at the 11 a.m. Sunday service will be “The Center of My Life, Jesus.” The cantata, “The First Noel,” will be presented by the choir at 7 p.m. There will also be a program by the youth and children.
The church will go Christmas caroling in the community at 6 p.m. Friday.
ST. JAMES ANGLICAN
St. James Anglican Church, Gloucester, will hold a Christmas Eve Holy Communion service at 3 p.m. Wednesday.
A Christmas Day Holy Communion service will be held at 10 a.m.
ST. MATTHEW UNITED METHODIST
St. Matthew United Methodist Church, Peary, will hold a Christmas Eve communion service at 7 p.m. Wednesday.
ST. PAUL BAPTIST
The sermon title of Pastor Bradley A. Holmes of St. Paul Baptist Church, Gloucester, at the 11 a.m. Sunday service will be “All He Wants for Christmas.”
SUSANNA WESLEY UNITED METHODIST
The Iron Men’s group of Susanna Wesley United Methodist Church, Ordinary, will meet at 7 o’clock tonight.
The Kidz Kwire will present a musical program at the 10:30 a.m. Sunday service. Sunday is the deadline to submit entries for the upcoming newsletter.
A Christmas Eve service will be held at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday.
THE FIRST UNITED BAPTIST
The sermon title of Pastor Randolph Graham of the First United Baptist Church, White Marsh, at the 11 a.m. Sunday service will be “The Essence of Peace.” The Sanctuary Choir will sing. A Christmas luncheon and play by the Youth Ministry will follow the service.
The Senior Adult Ministry of Union Baptist Church, Achilles, will hold a Bible study Christmas dinner at 4 p.m. today at the Duke of York Restaurant, Yorktown.
A Christmas Eve service with communion will be held at 5 p.m. Wednesday.
UNION ZION BAPTIST
Union Zion Baptist Church, Gloucester, will hold a special Christmas service at 11 a.m. Sunday. Music and readings will be presented by the Gospel Chorus and Youth Choir. A fellowship dinner will follow the service. A release noted that each person attending is asked to bring a Christmas ornament to exchange.
UNITARIAN UNIVERSALIST FELLOWSHIP OF THE RAPPAHANNOCK
The Fellowship Singers will present “Life is a Song. Love is the Music” at 10:30 a.m. Sunday in the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of the Rappahannock, White Stone. A holiday party will follow the service.
The Christian Education Ministry of Zion Baptist Church, Cardinal, will present “Christmas Is” during the 11 a.m. Sunday service. There will also be a “Soups and Dips” fellowship after the service.
ZION HILL BAPTIST
Zion Hill Baptist Church, Gloucester, will hold its annual Christmas program at 3:30 p.m. Sunday. Youth and adults will present the play, “The Greatest Gift” starring Grandma Mill-Lay, Grandma Dayzee, and Ms. Snowflake written by Jessica Ward. Dinner will be served at 2 o’clock.
ZION POPLARS BAPTIST
The Male Chorus of Zion Poplars Baptist Church, Gloucester, will sing at the 11 a.m. Sunday service.