FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 12/4/15
Christ United Methodist Church Carries on Christmas Traditions with Candlelight Service of Lessons and Carols
Modeled after the King’s College Chapel’s Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols, CUMC’s annual service is an important Christmas tradition in the community
Greensboro, NC—The sanctuary at Christ United Methodist Church, a popular venue for classical music because of its Fisk organ and immaculate acoustics, has hosted events such as Music For a Great Space and the Bel Canto Company, the Piedmont’s premier choral ensemble. Also taking advantage of the sanctuary’s many offerings is the Candlelight Service of Lessons and Carols, a Christ Church tradition.
Patterned after the Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols held on Christmas Eve in King’s College Chapel in Cambridge, the service has been held annually at Christ Church since the 1970s. Featuring selections from a number of Christ Church choral groups as well as harp, flute, organ, and handbells, the service tells the Christmas story through scripture and song. Familiar congregational carols such as “O Come All Ye Faithful” and “The First Nowell” are punctuated by readings and choral anthems.
After the final hymn, the choirs lead the recession out of the sanctuary by candlelight, creating an atmosphere of reflection and awe for the coming of the Christ.
For many in the congregation and throughout the community, the service has become an important part of their Christmas celebrations. “A lot of people here say that their Christmas begins with this service,” says Cathy West.
This year, the Candlelight Service of Lessons and Carols will be held on December 20 at 5pm, in the Christ United Methodist Church sanctuary. Forty-five minutes of prelude music will precede the service and begin at 4:15pm.
For a full listing of Christmas events and services at Christ Church, visit www.christgreensboro.org/advent.
About Christ United Methodist Church: Founded in 1956, Christ United Methodist Church has become Greensboro’s largest Methodist congregation, with more than 2,000 members. The church is located at 410 N. Holden Road in Greensboro, NC.
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Christ United Methodist Church
410 N. Holden Rd.
Greensboro, NC 27410