Traditionally, there is an 11 PM candlelight service that ends around midnight as Christmas day begins. We will be having such a service, but also have something else planned.
This is the time of year we celebrate the birth of a new-born child who is also our savior. So nothing seems more appropriate than creating a beautiful, fun, and welcoming service for all. Parents at First Baptist Church have been considering such a service and are planning a celebration of music, light, and story.
Just as shepherds waited in anticipation for something wonderful so many years ago, at 5:35 PM on December 24 we are looking forward to a fun, beautiful, child-welcoming gathering. As you can see in these pictures from last year, children will play the parts of Mary, Joseph, shepherds, animals, angels, and magi. There are costumes available for all who want to join, and no rehearsal is needed! Even if you have never been to church before, children are encouraged to attend the service wearing either a fitting costume or an excited smile anticipating changing into character among available costumes. Show up, dress up, and participate in the joy of Christmas.
Amid this pageantry, all will hear the Christmas story, listen to a reflection by Senior Minister Sean Witty, sing Christmas carols, and light candles.
So come and take a pair of wings, don some lambs' ears, and gather around the manger. Or simply take in the wonder that can only come from child-like excitement over our child savior.