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Greenville churches prepare for Christmas

Greenville’s houses of worship are preparing to celebrate “the reason for the season” throughout the month of December.

At First Baptist Church at 212 Fort Dale Rd., the younger set will be in the spotlight on Sunday night, Dec. 15 with the FBC Children’s Christmas Program.

Preschoolers and first graders, second through sixth graders, a children’s hand bell choir and soloists are all slated to perform.

Dana Bolen, FBC’s Minister of Music, will direct the hand bells and the older children’s choir, with Joni Thomas directing the younger choir members.

On Dec. 22, FBC will present their annual Christmas Cantata at the 11 a.m worship service.

On Christmas Eve, a candlelight service is planned at 5:30 p.m.

At St. Thomas Episcopal Church at 210 Church St., each Wednesday during Advent (Dec. 4, 11 and 18), there will be Advent Devotions with fellowship and soup supper at 5:30 p.m. in the church’s parish hall.

St. Thomas will celebrate the Holy Eucharist at 5:30 p.m. on Christmas Eve, and again on Christmas Day at 11 a.m.

Southside Baptist Church’s Cantata is slated for Sunday, Dec. 22 at 11 a.m. SBC will observe the Lord’s Supper on Christmas Eve, followed by a candlelight service at 5:30 p.m.

First United Methodist Church at 112 Adams St. will present its cantata, “Noel: Night of Everlasting Love” on Sunday, Dec. 15 during the 10:30 a.m. worship service.

On Christmas Eve at FUMC, a special “Come and Go” Communion is slated from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m., with Coffee and Cookie fellowship to follow from 5:30 to 6 p.m.

The church’s candlelight service will follow.

St. Elizabeth Catholic Church, located at 407 E. Walnut St. in Greenville, will celebrate Christmas Eve Mass at 10:30 p.m. on Dec. 24 and Christmas Day Mass at 8 a.m. the next morning.