Churches prepare for a Christmas that falls on Sunday

Guest speakers and lots of candies.

Mount Sinai Baptist Church, 1217 Murchison Road.

Divine Praise Ministries, 2895 N.C. 17 S., Chocowinity, will host "A Holy House" at 8 p.m.December 30.

A pulled pork sandwich platter is $5, and a pulled pork meal is $8. $25 for singles; $40 for couples.

This year marks the first time Our Savior's Lutheran Church has had a Blue Christmas-Longest Night service.

Christ Reformed United Church of Christ, Cavetown, will hold a Blue Christmas service at noon Sunday.

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The Christmas Eve service will be at 7:30 p.m. and include carols, Communion, a Christmas tale and a candlelighting ceremony. Worship is 11 a.m. Christmas Day.

JENERA - A special afternoon Christmas Eve service by the students of Trinity Lutheran Church and School, Jenera, called "From Heaven Above to Earth I come", will be held at 1 p.m. Friday at the church, 301 N. Main St., Jenera.

Peters said when he realized the last Wednesday before Christmas this year fell on the Winter Solstice, he thought it would be "a flawless chance" to try a Blue Christmas-Longest Night service.

Greater Shiloh Baptist Church, 2515 W. Shaw, will host An Evening of Praise, honoring the legacy of Willie Neal "The Country Boy" Johnson at at 5 p.m. January 8 The evening will also feature The New Gospel Keynotes, and Buddy & the Straightway Travelers. Child care will be provided for infants and toddlers.

The Christmas story will be told through scriptures, joining together in singing carols, the sounds of various instruments, choir selections, children singing, organ music, the lighting of candles and a live Nativity.

"It's a service that's really meant for people who might find themselves struggling at this time of year", Peters said earlier this week. The fellowship time following the service will include a cookie reception, with everyone bringing a dozen of their favorite cookies to share.

Clemmons First Baptist Church, 3530 Clemmons Road, Clemmons, will have Sunday school at 9:15 a.m. Sunday, followed by a worship service at 10:30 a.m.

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Kingdom Place, 2610 E. Fifth St., Lumberton.

Massey Hill Baptist Church, 1027 Southern Ave.

Aldersgate United Methodist Church, 1741 Sayles Blvd., 5:30 p.m. Candlelight Service. Admission is free; a love offering will be received. The New Destiny Food Pantry will distribute food today from 9 to 11 a.m. on a first come, first served basis. "Something else I like is since we're not having everything like the Sunday School and that stuff before the service, people aren't running around anxious about practicing the music and playing the hand bells and getting to Sunday School, so I'm anticipating it's going to be a more relaxed atmosphere where people can bare their hearts and be ready to worship and be connected".

The annual March to the Manger Christmas services will be held on Sunday. Free food, praise, games and recognition.

Life Line Baptist Church, 7601 Baseline Road, will have a worship service at 10 a.m. (501) 568-5433.

Grace United Methodist Church, 1112 Union St.: A service of light and prayer will be held from 5 to 6. For members and nonmembers; everyone is welcome. The Church is located at 975 Indian Creek Road. The circle meets at 5:30 p.m. each Thursday at the Overseas Students Mission, 3045 Ivy Road.

Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church, 5900 John F. Kennedy Blvd., North Little Rock, will have a midweek Advent service at 7 p.m. Wednesday.

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