Swainsboro First United Methodist to host several programs for the month of December
by Whitley Clifton | December 13, 2018 4:11 pm
December will be a month of joy and celebration at Swainsboro First United Methodist Church, according to Reverend David Unkles, pastor.
On December 16, the Chancel Choir will present a Christmas cantata during the 11 a.m. worship hour. Under the direction of Dr. Ennis Bragg and companies by church organist and music director, Connie Terwilliger, this year’s cantata is a musical telling the Christmas story from the pen of Pepper Choplin.
“Christmas Presence, A Gathering of Hope, Peace, and Love uses both word and music to tell the Christmas story and its impact on our lives and the lives around us. From the energetic opener, The World Awaits Your Coming, to the reflexive Still They Are Here, this work inspires us to dwell on the important and profound way the Christmas brings people together throughout the joy of Christ’s birth,” states the publisher.
“Beautiful original melodies and thoughtful text are paired with and inspired by favorite carols of old in a unique and creative way. The finale feathers an inspiring call to action: Go into the world and be a Christmas Presence, bringing hope, peace, and love to a world in need.”
During the evening service on December 16, at 6 p.m., the church will celebrate the “Birthday of the King,” featuring a Christmas play as told from a shepherd’s perspective. Leading the children’s actives are Melanie Frye, Paulette Terwilliger, and Melinda Hall. A special offering will be taken during the service for the Church’s world-wide mission program.
On December 18 at 6:30 p.m., the First United Methodist Church pre-school classes will present “Telling the Christmas Story.”
On December 23, during the Sunday morning worship service, the children’s Christmas musical will be presented to the congregation.
Then, on Christmas Eve, December 24, a communion service will begin at 6 p.m.
The community is invited to attend all services.