Churches from all across Cherokee County are preparing for their Christmas Eve services and celebrations Tuesday.
There are numerous choices throughout the county, and guests are welcome and encouraged to attend.
First Baptist Church of Woodstock is presenting two services, with 7,500 expected at each of the worship times. Times are 3 and 5 p.m. and each will last one hour. Doors open an hour before the service begins, said Robin Gerardi of First Baptist.
“It is a very special event, everyone who experiences it says that it is very, very special. There is a candlelight moment, skits, a surprise visit by Santa. It is fun for the whole family and brings everyone together,” Gerardi said.
Gerardi said that it will include fun portions for the family, music, and will celebrate the gift of salvation and the birth of Christ.
“And there will be snow. The event is traditional as well as fun, and Pastor Johnny Hunt will bring a brief message and he will also offer a special musical offering. We do have fun,” Gerardi said.
First Baptist Church Woodstock is at 11905 Highway 92. For more information, call (770) 926-4428 or visit www.christmasatwoodstock.org.
The Canton First Methodist Church will have four services this Christmas Eve.
The family service will take place at 4:30 p.m. with a visit from special guests and close of the worship with singing of “Silent Night.” Adults will get a short Christmas homily. The family service will last 45 minutes.
At 6:30 p.m. there will be a candlelight community and contemporary Christmas service. This service will feature music, visuals, Holy Communion, and a candlelight finale.
The 8:30 p.m. traditional service will include choir, prayers, sermon, Holy Communion and the traditional lighting of the candles with singing of “Silent Night.”
The later 11 p.m. traditional service will be similar, but feature different singers and musicians. Singers and musicians from Reinhardt University will be included.
Canton First United Methodist Church is at 930 Lower Scott Mill Road in Canton.
Christmas services in Cherokee:
CANTON COMMUNITY CHURCH: Christmas Eve Service is planned Dec. 24 at Canton Community Church with a candle lighting service at 5 p.m. The church is located on Highway 5 in south Canton near the intersection of Univeter Road.
BALL GROUND: Ball Ground United Methodist is having both a 7 p.m. and 11 p.m. service on Christmas Eve. Pastor is Kaylen Short. For more information visit www.ballgroundchurch.org or call (770) 735-6247.
NEW LIGHT: New Light Baptist Church in Canton will be having their annual Candle Light Service on Christmas Eve Night at 11 p.m. The church is located at 154 Lakeside Drive Canton. For more information, call (770) 345-2660.
CHRISTMAS AT BASCOMB:
Bascomb United Methodist Church will have Christmas Eve Services on Dec. 24 with a family service at 5 p.m. in the main sanctuary and a candlelight service at 11 p.m. in the chapel at the church.
St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Church will have its Christmas Eve Service Dec. 24 with children’s mass at 4 p.m.; mass at 6 and 8 p.m.; the Choral Concert at 11 p.m.; and midnight mass. On Christmas Day mass is at 9 a.m. and Spanish speaking mass is at 11 a.m. The church is at 490 Arnold Mill Road, Woodstock.
GOOD SHEPHERD: Good Shepherd Lutheran is having Christmas Eve services Dec. 24 with a Service of Carols and Communion at 2 p.m., a Carol Sing-a-long at 1:45 p.m., Family Service at 5 p.m. with special music at 4:30 p.m. This service is offered especially for families with young children. Praise Service with Holy Communion is at 7 p.m. and traditional Candlelight Service with Holy Communion at 9 and 11 p.m. Christmas Day there will be Holy Communion at 11 a.m. Good Shepherd Lutheran Church is located at 1208 Rose Creek Drive in Woodstock. Call (770) 924-7286 for more information.
A special Christmas Eve Candlelight Service is planned at Grace Lutheran Church on Dec. 24 at 7:30 p.m. Pastor Harry Tedrow will conduct the service and the church is located at 411 Scott Mill Road in Canton. Contact the church office at (770) 503-5050 for directions, or visit www.celebrationofgrace.org.
TIMOTHY LUTHERAN: Timothy Lutheran Church December is hosting Christmas Eve services on Dec. 24 which include Candlelight Services with Holy Communion at 5 and 7:30 p.m.; Dec. 29 there are services with Holy Communion at 8:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. and New Year’s Eve service is Dec. 31 at 7:30 p.m. with Holy Communion. The church is at 556 Arnold Mill Road in Woodstock. For more information, call (770) 928-2812.
Woodstock Christian Church choir will present its Christmas Eve Candlelight Service Dec. 24 at 6:30 p.m., an evening of Christ-centered music. Woodstock Christian Church is located at 7700 Highway 92, Woodstock. For information visit www.woodstock
christian.org or call the church office at (770) 926-8238.
CHRISTMAS EVE: Cherokee Presbyterian Church is having its Candlelight Christmas Eve service Dec. 24 at 6 p.m. Cherokee Presbyterian Church is located at 1498 Johnson Brady Road in Canton.
NEW LIFE: New Life Baptist Church Christmas Eve service is at 5 p.m. The church is located at 4010 Canton Road in Marietta.