Please join us as we celebrate the winter solstice. A pagan tradition that is thousands of years old, the solstice marks the start of the solar year, the return of the light and the rebirth of the sun. Join us at 5:45 p.m. for dinner and a brief worship service featuring a parade of light, great music and celebration.
Meredith Plummer, DFP The Worst Twelve Days of Christmas
“It was Joy’s sixth Christmas, but it would be Sam’s first. Joy knew this year would surely be the worst.” Join us for an intergenerational service which pokes fun at a First Church tradition and honors the joys and sorrows that come with family.
Our Christmas Eve celebration will begin at 6 p.m. with a community sing of our favorite Christmas carols (including, of course, the Twelve Days of Christmas!) and transition into a contemplative service featuring even more music and stories that will conclude with us singing “Silent Night” by candlelight.
During the time of enslavement, Dec. 31 held significant meaning for those who were enslaved. This was particularly true in 1862, when they awaited their freedom as the Emancipation Proclamation became law. Watch Night services continue to this day in African American churches across the country. What can we learn from this rich tradition? What do we await in the new year?
With the larger crowds on Sundays, we have secured additional parking. Our neighbors, Children’s for Children, at 520 Linton Street, have graciously agreed to allow us to park in their lot on Sundays 9:30 - 1 pm.