FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 12/4/15
Christmas Eve Eve Service at Christ United Methodist Church Offers a Fun Alternative for Those Who Travel for the Holidays
Following the success of its first Christmas Eve Eve service in 2014, Christ Church once again will hold the family-friendly service on December 23
Greensboro, NC—For many young couples and families, Christmas Eve is a day spent traveling to spend the holiday with their family. Still, the opportunity to celebrate Christmas at home is an important way to mark the holiday. To reach those who will not be in Greensboro on the night of Christmas Eve, Christ Church launched its Christmas Eve Eve service in 2014. Held on December 23, the family-friendly service was successful, with 325 people attending to celebrate the holiday.
This year, Christ United Methodist Church will once again hold a modern Christmas Eve Eve service on December 23 at 7:15pm. “We had a ton of fun last year, and are so excited about the second year of the service,” said Louis Timberlake, associate pastor at Christ United Methodist Church. “It’s informal, upbeat, and a great option for anyone—especially families with kids.”
The worship service will feature fun twists on aspects of a traditional Christmas Eve service, including festive carols and a short sermon, plus a children’s story time around the (digital) fireplace. Glowsticks will replace traditional candlelight, and the atmosphere will be relaxed and welcoming. Cookies, hot chocolate, and coffee will be served before and after the service. Children are invited to wear their comfiest pajamas, and adults are encouraged to wear their favorite Christmas sweaters. As with last year, a “Selfie Station”—complete with props—will be set up so that families can capture a fun photo with which to remember the night.
In addition to the Christmas Eve Eve service, CUMC offers four Christmas Eve services. A child-led worship service is held at 4pm in the Sanctuary, while a modern service with communion is held at 6pm in the Fellowship Center. Christ Church continues to offer traditional Christmas Eve services as well: Two cathedral-style services featuring candlelight and communion will be held in the Sanctuary at 7:30pm and 11pm.
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