Christmas at FPC

Hanging of the Greens

Tuesday, November 30, 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 our 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

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 4th.

The Lovefeast & Festival of Lights

Sunday, December 5 | 6:00 PM in the Sanctuary

The Moravian Lovefeast and Festival of Lights is a worship service of lessons and carols, beginning with a beautiful candlelight processional. Christmas music is provided by the FPC Chancel Choir, Bells Angels Handbells, soloists, and organ. Individually sealed cookies and sealed coffee will be served by members of the congregation in period dress, while everyone joins in the singing of Christmas carols. This beautiful service captures the joyful Christmas celebration. Battery candles will be passed out instead of wax candles.

Annual Presbyterian Women Christmas Brunch

Tuesday, December 7 | 10:30 AM in Wilkes Hall

Put the date on your calendar and join us for brunch, fellowship & love of the season. Call LuAnne Martini at 843.448.4496 for information and reserve your spot through your PW Circle.
Safe food service guidelines will be implemented.

Super Senior Luncheon

Super Senior baskets will be made and distributed the week of December 13. Please reach out to BJ Moore or Rev. Christa Brewer to help!

Christmas Cantata

Sunday, December 19

11:00 AM in the Sanctuary (No 8:30 AM Service this Sunday)

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 19

5:30 – 7:00 PM | 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

Wednesday, December 15 | 5:00 PM in the Sanctuary

The Longest Night Service is a service that provides space for people to express those feelings that we can have during the season that are not always “merry and bright.” In a service that includes meditations, prayers, and silence, we will look for the light of Christ even in our darkest and longest nights.

Christmas Eve Services

Friday, December 24 | 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 music led by our children choir, bells and Gathering Band. Worship led by Rev. Nathan See. Battery candles will be passed out instead of wax candles.

Traditional Worship Service @ 7:30 PM

The Christmas Eve Communion worship service will be a service of lessons and carols with traditional Christmas selections led by FPC Chancel Choir. Worship led by Rev. Dr. John C. Brearley. Battery candles will be passed out instead of wax candles.

Children's Christmas Activities
Advent Family Festival

Advent Family Festival

Wednesday, December 1 // 5:30 – 7:30 PM
Families are invited to come and make an Advent Wreath and Christmas crafts to take home to use during the season of Advent. We will enjoy pizza, salad and brownies for dinner. Cost for this event is $15.00 per family. REGISTER HERE

The WAY... To Bethlehem

The WAY... To Bethlehem

Dec. 1, 8 & 15 // 3:45 – 5:15 PM

Children ages K through 5th grades are invited to join these 3 special Advent Sessions of The Way. We will rehearse music for children to sing at our 5:00 PM Family Christmas Eve worship service. *If your children are not already participating in The Way, you can register your children HERE

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!