One of Christian music's most highly regarded and successful bands, NewSong, will bring its "A Very Merry Christmas Tour" to First Baptist Woodstock for a free concert at 6 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 6.
Headlined by the Grammy-nominated group known for its holiday classic, "The Christmas Shoes," the tour also will feature Fervent recording artist Big Daddy Weave and special guest Fervent and Reprise singer-songwriter Francesca Battistelli.
NewSong, which includes members who live in Cherokee, will present selections from its acclaimed Christmas recordings, "The Christmas Shoes" and "The Christmas Hope."
The band's new album is "Give Yourself Away" on their new label, His Honor Music. Marking the official return of vocalist Russ Lee to the group, the project also is NewSong's first collaboration with one of Christian music's most renowned producers, Charlie Peacock.
Big Daddy Weave, known for its hit "Audience of One," releases its first Christmas album, "Christ Is Come," this holiday season.
Ms. Battistelli released her debut, "My Paper Heart," last year, which includes the hit song, "Free to be Me."?She was nominated for five 2009 Gospel Music Association Dove Awards, including Female Vocalist and New Artist of the Year.
First Baptist Woodstock will also present "Christmas at Woodstock" at 6 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 13, featuring special music and a message by Senior Pastor Dr. Johnny Hunt.
The church is at 11905 Highway 92. For information, call (770) 926-4428 or see the Web site at www.fbcw.org.
Canton First United Methodist Church will begin the holiday season with a dinner concert, "A Celebration of Christmas," at 6 p.m. on Tuesday featuring the Atlanta Vocal Project directed by Clay Hine. Tickets are $12, and reservations are required.
The church is organizing Christmas carolers to visit area nursing homes from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 6, and church shut-ins from 2:30 p.m. to dark on Sunday, Dec. 20. Carolers, guitarists and drivers are needed. To sign up, call (678) 493-9554.
The church's children's Christmas pageant at 6 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 6. Admission is free.
The church is at 930 Lower Scott Mill Road. For information, call (770) 479-2502.
Hopewell Baptist Church will present its annual living Nativity village, "Back to Bethlehem," from 7 to 9 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 5, through Sunday, Dec. 13.
The massive outdoor event recreates Bethlehem on the night of Christ's birth. Admission is free, but donations are accepted.
The church is at 75 Ridge Road in Sixes. Free parking is at neighboring Sixes Elementary School. For information, call (770) 345-5723 or see the Web site at www.backtobethlehem.com.
Good Shepherd Lutheran Church will celebrate the season with a free Christmas concert at 4 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 6.
The concert features the Chancel Choir, Praise Team, Adult Handbell and Children's Handbell choirs of Good Shepherd along with a congregational hymn sing presenting music of the season.
The church is at 1208 Rose Creek Drive in Towne Lake. For information, call (770) 924-7286 or see the Web site at goodshepherdwood stock.org.
Woodstock Christian Church will present the children's Christmas program, "The Best Christmas Story Ever," at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 12. Its annual Christmas musical is at 10:30 a.m. on Sunday, Dec. 20. Admission is free to both events.
The church is at 7700 Highway 92. For information, call (770) 926-8238 or see the Web site at www.woodstockchristian.org.
St. Paul AME Church is organizing Christmas carolers to visit nursing homes, assisted living facilities and homes of the sick and shut-in beginning at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 13.
People who are visited will receive a Christmas card and small gift. Churches are invited to share their list of sick and shut-ins to be visited.
Carolers are needed as are drivers. Following the caroling, participants are invited back to the church for fellowship and light refreshments.
The church is at 390 Crisler St. in Canton. For information, call (770) 479-9691 or e-mail email@example.com.