Church service tradition lasts
by Rebecca Johnston
December 22, 2012 12:09 AM | 1614 views | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Christmas Eve is traditionally a special time for Christian churches and Cherokee County congregations come together in a variety of ways to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ.

The United Methodist Church of Canton has a longtime tradition of three services on Christmas Eve, one for the family at 5 p.m. followed by traditional services at 8 and 11 p.m.

“We have been doing this for at least 15 years and it has become a tradition,” said Director of Music Don Stafford. “We normally have at least 300 to 400 people at each service.”

The early service is geared toward younger members of the congregation, he said, and is well attended by families with children.

The later services include well-known carols, and the church choir is singing at 8 p.m. Leslie Bowers will perform the solo “Birthday of the King.”

At the 11 p.m. service, Stafford said Christmas music will be presented by the brass ensemble. Dr. Dennis McIntire will sing “Sweet Little Jesus Boy,” he said.

Communion will be offered at each service. Pastor Jim McRae will give a homily.

First Methodist is located at 930 Lower Scott Mill Road and for information call (770) 479-2502.

Woodstock First Baptist Church will have a special time of worship for families on Monday, with services at 3 and 5 p.m.

The services will offer a time of dancing, singing, and celebration.

Country music artist Mark Wills will be musical guest and Pastor Johnny Hunt will offer a special Christmas message.

Woodstock First Baptist is located at 11905 Highway 92 in Woodstock. For information call (770) 926-4428.

Good Shepherd Lutheran Church is holding a number of services on Christmas Even beginning with a Carol Sing-a-long at 1:45 p.m. and 2 p.m. Service of Carols and Communion.

The family service at 5 p.m. is offered especially for families with young children. People can come early and enjoy special music at 4:30 p.m.

A Praise Service with holy communion is at 7 p.m. with special music at 6:30 p.m. Led by Good Shepherd’s Praise Team, it will celebrate the birth of Christ with a service of Holy Communion and the traditional lighting of candles.

Traditional candlelight services with communion are at 9 and 11 p.m. Those attending can come early and enjoy special music at 8:30 and 10:30 p.m.

This liturgical Christmas Eve Service of Holy Communion features favorite Christmas carols and the traditional lighting of candles.

Good Shepherd Lutheran Church is located at 1208 Rose Creek Drive, at the intersection of Eagle Drive, in the Towne Lake area of Woodstock. For information call (770) 924-7286.
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