Belief Briefs

Dec. 11, 2013 @ 10:28 AM

Living Nativity at Rose of Sharon Baptist
DURHAM -- Rose of Sharon Baptist Church will present “A Rose of Sharon Christmas” from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday at 4109 Guess Road in Durham. The church will have a live Nativity in the front of our church and activities and refreshments inside the church.
Admission is free. Bring your family and friends. For information, call the church office at 919-477-3993.

‘Journey Back to Bethlehem’ at Durham Memorial Baptist
DURHAM – Durham Memorial Baptist Church, 133 Robbins Road, will host “Journey Back to Bethlehem,” a 30-minute walk-through presentation of the living Nativity story Friday through Sunday. Interact with the shopkeepers as they tell the story. The event is free. “Bethlehem” will be open 6:30-9 p.m. Friday, 4-7 p.m. Saturday and 4-7 p.m. Sunday.
For information or to register groups of eight or more, visit or call 919-596-7350.

Moravian Love Feast Sunday at University UMC
CHAPEL HILL -- University United Methodist Church, 150 E. Franklin St., will hold its 40th annual Love Feast in the Moravian tradition at 7 p.m. Sunday. The UUMC Chancel Choir, Covenant Handbells and UUMC Concert Band will lead the music for the celebration featuring traditional Christmas carols and Moravian hymns, candles and sweet Moravian coffee and buns. Child care will be provided for children up to age 5.
University UMC held its first Love Feast in 1973, with about 75 people in attendance. It has grown to one of the largest services of the year, attended by about 800 people annually. For information, visit or call 919-929-7191.

Christmas services at North East Baptist
DURHAM -- North East Baptist Church, 3204 NC Highway 55, invites the community to its Christmas Program at 7 p.m. Dec. 18, and Christmas Day service at noon Dec. 25. North East Baptist will also hold a Watch Night Service at 10 p.m. Dec. 31. The Rev. Wesley Elam is pastor. For information, call 919-544-2142.

Braggtown Baptist collecting toys for Rescue Mission
DURHAM – Braggtown Baptist Church is collecting unwrapped toys for boys and girls up to age 12. Bring donations to the church at 3218 N. Roxboro Road, and place them under the tree in the church sanctuary. All toys will go the Durham Rescue Mission. For information, call 919-220-1166 or visit

Christmas program at Cameron Grove on Sunday
DURHAM -- Cameron Grove Baptist Church, 816 Berwyn Ave., will hold its annual Christmas Program at 4 p.m. Sunday.

Bahama Baptist in Christmas parade
BAHAMA -- Bahama Baptist Church, 7917 Willardville Station Road, will sponsor a float and distribute bags for children to collect candy at the Bahama Community Christmas Parade at 10 a.m. Saturday. The church will also host a Christmas breakfast served by the deacons at 8:30 a.m. Dec. 22, prior to Sunday school at 9:15 a.m. The Christmas Eve service will be held at 5:30 p.m. Dec. 24. The Rev. Wes McMurray is pastor of Bahama Baptist Church.

Christmas program Sunday at Mt. Zoar Missionary Baptist
DURHAM – Mount Zoar Missionary Baptist Church’s Annual Christmas Program will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday at the church, 2400 Cheek Road. Christmas play, recitals, fellowship and food.  For information, call Sister K.R. Cozart at 919-475-2977. The Rev. Norman T. Davis is the interim pastor.

Candlelight service Sunday at Mt. Vernon Baptist
DURHAM -- Mount Vernon Baptist Church, 1007 S. Roxboro St., Durham, invites the public to its Annual Candlelight Service at 5 p.m. Sunday in the sanctuary.  All choirs of Mount Vernon will participate.  For information, call the church at 919-688-1823. The Rev. Jerome J. Washington is pastor.

Children’s Christmas program Dec. 22 at White Rock Baptist
DURHAM -- White Rock Baptist Church, 3400 Fayetteville St., will present its annual Children’s Christmas Program at 8:30 a.m. Dec. 22 in the fellowship hall.

Advent services at First Presbyterian
DURHAM – First Presbyterian Church, 305 E. Main St., will hold a Service of Lessons and Carols at 11 a.m. Sunday. Led by the choir, the service is patterned after the Lessons and Carols service at King’s College Chapel in Cambridge, England.
Also on Sunday, at 5:30 p.m., the Annual Christmas Potluck and Sing-Along will be held in Watts-Hill Hall and in the foyer at First Presbyterian Church. Each family is asked to bring a family-sized dish (salad, pasta, vegetable or dessert).
The Advent Communion Services continue at 6 p.m. Wednesday, with the service followed by a light supper at 6:30 p.m., with donations for the meal. On Dec. 18, I Sil Yoon, a student at Duke Divinity School and intern at FPC, will preach.
Also, the church will present a program of Music and Poetry of the Season at 4 p.m. Dec. 22 featuring soprano Lesley Curtis, pianist Deborah Coclanis and associate pastor, the Rev. Marilyn Hedgpeth, reading poems.
For information, call 919-682-5511 or visit The public is invited to attend.

Bach Society concert at New Hope Presbyterian
CHAPEL HILL -- New Hope Presbyterian Church at 4701 NC 86 in Chapel Hill, will host the Pittsboro Bach Society for a concert at 4 p.m. Dec. 22. The concert will be followed by a Christmas carol sing. The public is invited. For information, call 919-942-4710 or visit

Christmas Eve at University Presbyterian
CHAPEL HILL -- University Presbyterian Church, 209 E. Franklin St., Chapel Hill, will hold special worship services on Christmas Eve. Services begin Dec. 24 at 4 p.m. with a worship service for children and families that features the ringing of bells. There will be a more traditional 7 p.m. service with music led by the Youth Choir and a Candlelight and Communion Service at 11 p.m. with music led by the Chancel Choir. For information, visit

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