The Newnan Times-Herald


Religion Briefs

  • By Winston Skinner
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  • Dec. 20, 2018 - 11:44 PM

Smith Chapel United Methodist Church will celebrate Family and Friends Day on Sunday.

The service will start at 11 a.m. Church member Louise Moore said members, former members, former pastors and friends are being invited.

“This is a time for all of us to come together and have a pre-Christmas celebration,” Moore said. “Jesus is the reason for the season.”

Lunch will be served after the service.

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Heatherwood Baptist Church, 721 Shenandoah Blvd., is having its Christmas Eve service early.

The service will be Sunday at 6 p.m. The Heatherwood church staff wanted to gather the community for a time of celebration, but knew the holiday schedule for families can be overwhelming.

“We’re offering a time for families to join with others and celebrate Christmas without conflicting with their own traditions and togetherness,” said worship leader Neil Stephens.

The Christmas Eve Eve service will features a lot of cute kids and some heartwarming music, including “A Baby Changes Everything” and the classic  Michael W. Smith song, “All Is Well,” performed by the Heatherwood Worship Ministry. The congregation will join in on some favorite Christmas carols.

Tony Chester will share some suggestions on how to reflect the spirit of Christmas throughout the entire year. “It’s a way to honor Jesus’ birth – and make some memories” said Stephens.

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“Two Nights Before Christmas,” a play, will be presented at 6 p.m. Sunday at Rehoboth Baptist Church in Luthersville.

Children will receive gifts after the play. There will also be a cookies and milk/hot chocolate fellowship afterward the service.

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“Ein Weihnachtsgottesdienst,” a Christmas service in German, will be held Sunday at 7 p.m. in the historic sanctuary of First Baptist Church in downtown Newnan.

Dr. J. Wayne Jenkins, associational missionary for Western Baptist Association, will lead the service, which will feature several well-known German Christmas carols and end with the traditional singing of “Stille Nacht” (Silent Night).

Jenkins pastored a German congregation and lived in Germany for 25 years.