Local groups spread holiday cheer
Residents of Woodhaven Nursing Home were filled with Christmas cheer this week after being visited by the Women of Faith group.
“We find no other joy greater than sharing Christmas carols and giving each resident a small bag of Christmas treats,” Patricia Braggs, president of the group said.
She said they also give them prayers and blessings for good health and a happy holiday season.
The Women of Faith group began earlier this year and is the .vision of Rosa Thompson to put a group of Christian women together.
The women first met May 8 of this year and since, the group has continued to grow.
Over the past few months, the group has continued to evolve seeking to make an impact on the community.
“After a spiritual open house with our speaker, Hattie Moore, who spoke on faith, I knew it was the Lord’s plan for this group to go further,” Braggs said.
Braggs said they had an event in October urging people to ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul and with all your mind.’
“It was a great success,” she said. “A Thanksgiving basket was given and a token of love was given to the sick in the month of November.”
During the Christmas season, the women will continue to meet and do work in the community.
The group is open to new members to join their ministry. The group meets every second Tuesday at 11:30 a.m. at the Theo Ratliff Center.
A list of upcoming Christmas events is as follows:
TRINITY EPISCOPAL CHURCH
Rector John David Barnes said the church will have two services of Holy Eucharist (Communion) on Christmas Eve.
The first service is at 6 p.m. and the other at 11 p.m., which in essence is a “midnight mass.”
Children of the church will perform a Nativity play during the first service and the service typically tends to be heavily attended, as far as Trinity is concerned, Barnes said. Becky Lee, organist, plays at both 6 p.m. and 11 p.m. services.
FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH
The Sanctuary choir will be joined by an orchestra from Tuscaloosa for the musical, “A Time For Joy,” on Sunday, Dec. 16 at 6:30 p.m.
The church will also hold a Christmas Eve Communion Service at 6 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 24.
FIRST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH
The Candlelight Communion service will be held on Sunday, Dec. 23rd at 6 p.m. The morning worship service is at 10:30 a.m.
CHRISTIAN CHAPEL BAPTIST CHURCH
The church will hold their annual Christmas program Sunday, Dec. 22 during the regular morning worship time at 10:30 a.m.
Church Aflame pastor Mickey Green will be presenting a series of sermons about different Christmas carols.
GALLION BAPTIST CHURCH
The adult choir will present “All Is Well,” a Christmas musical Sunday, Dec. 16 at 6 p.m. There will be Christmas music followed by a covered-dish meal and a special visit by Santa Claus.
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