Christmas

Hanging of the Greens

December 4, 2019

9:00 AM in the Sanctuary

“ALL Hands On Deck!” Help prepare our sanctuary for the coming holidays.

Donations are accepted each year for the beautiful and festive Christmas greenery and poinsettias that adorn our Sanctuary during this holiday season. Your donation may be given in honor and/or in memory of loved ones and friends. Please submit a completed donation form and your check or money order, payable to FPC Greenery, at either church office or mail to FPC, PO Box 70127, Myrtle Beach, SC 29572-0127. Names of those honored will appear in our newsletter.

Operation Christmas

December 7, 2019

10:00 AM – 2:00 PM in Wilkes  Hall

FPC Youth and Mission Ministry Teams sponsors our traditional and largest local mission project. Each holiday season, FPC adopts children from our local community whose families need assistance with gifts for Christmas. Please make checks payable to First Presbyterian Church; Memo Operation Christmas.

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The Lovefeast & Festival of Lights

December 8, 2019

6:00 PM in the Sanctuary

The Moravian Lovefeast and Festival of Lights is a worship service of scripture, prayer, carols, and candles signifying Christian fellowship and brotherly love. Beginning with a beautiful candlelight processional, special Christmas music will be provided by the First Presbyterian Church Chancel Choir and other instrumentalists. Congregation members, clothed in period dress, will serve biscuits and coffee while everyone joins in the singing of Christmas carols. This beautiful and joyous Christmas service concludes with candle lighting. We invite you and your family to attend and participate in this treasured tradition in celebration of the advent of our Savior.

Annual Presbyterian Women Christmas Brunch

December 3, 2019

10:30 AM in Wilkes Hall

Once a year, we gather and give thanks for all our blessings. Unwrapped gifts for the Presbyterian home in Florence will be collected. Items needed are found in the weekly bulletin. Payment of $7.00 for event is required. RSVP to church office at 843.448.4496.

Super Senior Luncheon

December 10, 2019

11:30 AM in Wilkes Hall

The Abundant Life Ministries hosts this luncheon for members age 80+ that provides a delicious meal, caroling, and fellowship during the holiday season. Communion will be served. This event is held in Wilkes Hall and is free of charge. Registration is required by Dec. 3. For additional information or to register a friend or loved one for this event, please contact LuAnne at 843.946.6038.

Christmas Cantata

December 15, 2019

9:00 & 11:00 AM in the Sanctuary

Every December, the FPC Chancel Choir, soloists, and instrumentalists present a beautiful Christmas Musical Selection at our Sunday worship services.

2019 Cantata: “God With Us” by Various Composers

The FPC Chancel Choir and instrumentalists celebrate God’s Hope, Peace, Joy and Love.

DIRECTOR: Tim Koch; Denise Cromer, Organist

The Live Nativity

December 15, 2019

5:30 – 7:30 PM | Back Parking Lot of Grissom

FPC youth will set the scene of the night Jesus was born with a Live Nativity scene. Come and see real live animals in our manger scene and enjoy hot chocolate and holiday cookies! Also, enjoy the children’s choir singing that night.

 

“Walk to Bethlehem” before our Live Nativity… Families with preschool aged children are invited to come early to Wilkes Hall to learn about the night of Jesus birth. We will have nativity crafts and special music with our littlest disciples and their families! Then make your way outside to see our Live Nativity.

The Longest Night Worship Service

December 18, 2019

6:00 PM in the Sanctuary

The Longest Night Service is a service that provides space for people to express feelings of hopelessness, fear, grief, and loneliness, as we look for the light of Christ in our time of darkness.  Worship will include liturgy, Scripture, Taize music, silent meditation, and communion.

Christmas Eve Services

December 24, 2019

2 Services in the Sanctuary – 5:00 PM & 7:30 PM

First Presbyterian offers two services to celebrate the eve of our Savior’s birth. We invite everyone to come and worship with us and celebrate the birth of our Lord with our church family and friends. Habitat for Humanity Offering is received at all Christmas Eve services. This offering will be used to build Habitat Houses for people in need of a helping hand to live in a decent house.

Children’s Worship Service @ 5:00 PM

This child-friendly service will appeal to God’s children of all ages! We will hear the wonderfully familiar story told from a fresh perspective, sing our favorite carols, enjoy hearing the children of The Way sing and the Ringerific Bell Choir ring. Music is led by the Gathering Band. Rev. Nathan See will deliver the Christmas message at the 5:00 PM service.

Traditional Worship Service @ 7:30 PM

This Christmas Eve Candlelight Communion service will be a service of lessons and carols with traditional Christmas selections. Music led by FPC Chancel Choir, Youth/Alumni Choirs and our Handbell choir.  Dr. John Brearley will deliver the Christmas message at the 7:30 PM service.

Children's Christmas Activities
Advent Family Festival

Advent Family Festival

Nov. 20 // 5:45 – 7:00 PM in Wilkes Hall

Come and prepare your family for the season of Advent! Join us for pizza dinner in Wilkes Hall at 5:45pm. Dinner will be followed by Advent themed activity stations. Stations include making an Advent chain devotional for your family to take home. We will also make Christmas cards and crafts to share with members of our community. Please RSVP online.

The WAY... To Bethlehem

The WAY... To Bethlehem

Dec. 4, 11 and 18  // 3:45 – 5:45 PM

K-5th grade children are invited to join us for these special Advent themed sessions of The Way. We will explore stories of Jesus birth and rehearse music for children’s choirs to sing at the 5:00pm Family Christmas Eve service. The Way runs from 3:45 to 5:45pm and includes recreation, Bible activity and choir sessions.

**If you are not currently participating in The Way and would like to join in these special Advent sessions email Macy Cottom at mcottom@mbfpc.com

Offerings

Thornwell Offering

Received the week before Thanksgivng at Early Sabbath and Sunday Morning Worship services.

This annual Thanksgiving Offering is taken to help support Thornwell Home for Children. For decades children from Georgia, South Carolina, and elsewhere have found a haven of hope at Thornwell. Please make checks payable to First Presbyterian Church; Memo Thornwell Offering.

Christmas Joy Offering

Collected in December at our Early Sabbath and Sunday morning worship services.

Received every December, this offering helps and supports retired servants of the church and those facing serious financial difficulty. Assistance is also extended to deserving racial ethnic students in their efforts to succeed and excel in Presbyterian ethnic schools. Please make checks payable to First Presbyterian Church; Memo Christmas Joy Offering.

Habitat for Humanity Offering

Collected at Christmas Eve Worship Services.

With your help, more deserving families will be “home” for Christmas by this time next year. Our annual Christmas Eve offering will be used to build Habitat Houses for people who need a helping hand to live in a decent house. Please make checks payable to First Presbyterian Church; Memo Habitat Offering. To learn more about this organization please visit Habitat For Humanity.org.

Merry Christmas from FPC!