'Tis the Season: Johns Creek Churches Offer a Variety of Holiday Services
Childrens programs and candlelight services to take place all over the city.
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- Johns Creek Christian Church: According to Pastor Randy Barnhart, the church will hold a candlelight communion service at 6 Christmas Eve. "It's family friendly," he said, adding, "It will be a lot of fun." He said the church's regular Sunday service at 10:45 a.m. will focus on the New Year. "We're launching a series, 'You Were Born for This,' that is about finding your purpose in life and the role God wants you play," Barnhart said. "It's about making 2011 your best year ever."
- Johns Creek Presbyterian Church: The church will have a children's service at 3 Friday for children with the theme "Brand New Star." "It's a nativity interactive service where children will be invited," said Rev. Dr. Gary Norsworthy. Candlelight communition services will be at 5 and 7 p.m. Friday with the theme "greatness begins small."
- Johns Creek United Methodist Church: According to Rev. Beth Brown Shugart, Christmas Eve services will be at 3, 5, 7 and 11 p.m. "The 3 p.m. service features our childrens choirs," while the adult and youth choirs will perform at the later services, she said. "Candlelight is certainly a part of all the services and lots of Christmas carols." The 11 p.m. service will feature holy communion.
- Prince of Peace Lutheran Church: The church will hold services at 5, 7 and 9 p.m. Friday. "The 5 p.m. service is dedicated to children," Pastor Tom Kenny said. "It's the Christmas story narrated by Saint Nicholas. Children will kneel with him at the manger and pray. They will learn that it's not about Santa Claus but Jesus. It's been our most popular service over the years." He added that the 7 p.m. service is geared toward young adults and youth with modern music played by a band with guitars, keyboard and drums. The 9 p.m. service will be a traditional Christmas Eve service with candlelight communion. The church will have one service at 10 a.m. Sunday that will also feature carols and Christmas readings.
- Saint Brigid Catholic Church: The church's children mass at 4 p.m. Friday will feature a nativity scene played out complete with sheep and shepherds, according to Rev. Deacon Leo Gahafer. He said evening masses will be held at 6, 7:30, 9 and midnight Friday. "The midnight mass is our big mass of the night," Gahafer said. "It features a full choir and beautiful celebration. We'll worship God in the most beautiful sense." He said that on Christmas Day "we go right into our weekend lineup with services at 9 and 10:45 a.m. and 12:15 p.m. We're open all weekend - we're going to be busy and joyful in the reality of God's love."
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