Christmas at FPC

Hanging of the Greens

Wednesday, December 2, 2020

9:00 AM in the Sanctuary

No volunteers needed this year.

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

Saturday, December 5, 2020

Family Pick Up Only This Year

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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Our Operation Christmas will be slightly different this year due to the pandemic. Instead of a “Christmas Store”, we will have presents sorted and ready to give out to parents who come pick them up on the 5th.

The Lovefeast & Festival of Lights

We are no longer having the Moravian Lovefeast this year.

We thought it might be fun for your family to make your own Moravian cookies to enjoy at home, or to enjoy later during the Christmas season. Here is a recipe to do so: CLICK HERE

Annual Presbyterian Women Christmas Brunch

Cancelled for 2020

Super Senior Luncheon

Please speak with Denise Ellis on her plan for Super Seniors this year.

Christmas Cantata

Sunday, December 20, 2020

11:00 AM in the Sanctuary – Streamed Online Only

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

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

DIRECTOR: Tim Koch; Denise Cromer, Organist

Our 9:00 AM Services will be our Lessons & Carols Service

The Live Nativity

Sunday, December 20, 2020

5:00 – 7:00 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.

The Longest Night Worship Service

Live Streamed Online on Monday, December 21, 2020 at 6:00 PM

Our Longest Night Service will take place this year on Monday, December 21st at 6:00pm and can be seen on our church website and our Facebook page, where they will remain archived for future viewing.  A Longest Night Service recognizes and honors all of our emotions that go into the season and is particularly mindful of those experiencing times of hopelessness, fear, grief, or loneliness.  In 2020, all of us have experienced one or more of these emotions at some time or another.  The service is one of hope, reminding us that the light of Christ still enters our world no mater what that world may look like.  As is tradition at FPC, our Stephen Ministry program is providing for this service, with short devotions and prayers provided by our Stephen Ministers and music provided by Skip Yingling and Denise Cromer.  At the conclusion of our service, we will share about Stephen Ministry and how it could be a blessing in your life.

Christmas Eve Services

December 24, 2020

Both Services are ONLINE ONLY. We invite you to worship with us from the comfort of your home!

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 and enjoy a video of the children of The Way singing. 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, the “virtual” 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 At Home

Advent At Home

Nov. 22 // 9:45 AM – 12:45  PM Outside Under the Portico
Families are invited to bring their children to the church on Nov 22nd to assemble a box they will fill with crafts and activities to complete at home during the Advent season (November 29th- December 24th). Register for the time your family will attend. You can wear fun holiday attire in addition to your cloth mask! All family members over the age of 8 must wear a cloth mask. Wearing masks will make this a safer fellowship event for everyone when we cannot maintain perfect social distance. REGISTER HERE

The WAY... To Bethlehem

The WAY... To Bethlehem

Dec. 2, 9, and 16  // 3:45 – 5:45 PM
Our remaining sessions will be virtual only.

**If your children are not currently participating in The Way, and want to join these special Advent sessions register online through the church website.

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 record a music video that will be shown during our 5:00pm Family Christmas Eve Service.

At this time we are offering two one hour sessions of The Way. You choose the session you would like your children to attend.

Session one is 3:45 to 4:45 and Session 2 is 5:15 to 6:15. Each session includes recreation, Bible activity and choir rehearsal.

Advent Devotionals

Advent Devotionals

AVAILABLE NOW!

If you’d like a free Advent Devotional, please stop by the church office during business hours to pick one up!

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!