Church News
Thursday, December 16, 2004
‘Sounds Like Christmas’
The Delmar Church of God of Prophecy will present the musical drama production “Sounds Like Christmas.” Directed and produced by three-time National Crystal Communicator Award winners Ron, Deb and Wendy Craig, the production will premier Dec. 17-19, at 7:30 p.m., with free admission. This is no ordinary “church skit,” complete with full set design, make up, costumes, lighting, singing and choreography. With a contemporary approach to the Christmas message, this group of new thespians reminds us all that “Big Things Do Come in Small packages.” The host pastor of the church is Bishop Michael Phillips. The church is located on U.S. 13, three miles north of the Maryland-Delaware state line. Refreshments will be served following the performance. A bicycle will be given away each night by members and business people in the local community. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. Seats are limited. For more information, call 875-7824 or 875-3242.

Union UMC Cantata
On Sunday, Dec. 19, Union United Methodist Church, Bridgeville, will have their “Christmas Cantata” at 7 p.m., “Heaven’s Child.” Desert fellowship after the Cantata in Fellowship Hall.

Union Christmas communion
On Friday Dec. 24, Union United Methodist Church, Bridgeville, will have a Christmas silent communion from 6-6:30 p.m., followed by a candlelight service at 7 p.m.

Christian musical drama
Greenwood and Todd’s Chapel United Methodist churches will have a special service featuring Jim Hughes as he performs a Christian musical drama, “Amos” on Sunday, Dec. 19, at 7 p.m. at Greenwood United Methodist Church in Greenwood. The reporter, Amos, is recording the facts surrounding the great census in a little town of Bethlehem. Amos encounters a touching story of a baby in a stable. Hear the report as Amos chronicles the events of the birth of Jesus and follows him to the cross. A love offering will be taken at this service. Hughes will also perform in a musical mini drama at the Sunday morning services of Todd’s Chapel and Greenwood United Methodist churches at 9:30 a.m. and 11 a.m., respectively. All are welcome.

Alliance Church Cantata
The choir of the Atlanta Road Alliance Church, under the direction of Richard Trice, will present the Christmas Cantata, “Festival of Lights,” on Friday, Dec. 17, at 7:30 p.m. and on Sunday, Dec. 19, at 7 p.m. The Atlanta Road Alliance Church Choir has earned the reputation as one of Southern Delaware’s outstanding choral groups. The Atlanta Road Alliance Church is located at 22625 Atlanta Road, 1-1/2 miles north of the Nylon Capital Shopping Plaza, next to seaford Animal Hospital. Morning worship services are at 8:30 a.m. and 11 a.m., Kids Church is at 11 a.m., and the evening service is at 7 p.m. For more information, call the church at 629-7693 or visit

Latin Mass December 19
A Latin mass according to the Missal of 1962 is celebrated on the third Sunday of every month at 3 p.m. at Holy Cross Church in Dover. The mass will be celebrated on Dec. 19. The mass is always a Missa Cantata using traditional Gregorian chant. For further information, call 302-674-5781.

Christmas Eve Service
Messiah’s Vineyard Church will have a Christmas Eve service, at 6 p.m., on Dec. 24, with the Christmas story and communion in the atmosphere of candlelight. The Vineyard worship team will lead in the singing of Christmas carols. The church is located at Tyndall’s Furniture Plaza on Discountland Road and U.S. 13 in Laurel. The senior minister is Dr. Carl G. Vincent and the music minister is Pastor Barry B. Dukes.

The Gospel of John
The Seaford Church of Christ, 20989 Sussex Highway, will have special sessions on the Gospel of John led by Joe Amato each Sunday night starting Jan. 2. For more information, contact 629-6206.

St. Nicholas visits St. Luke’s
On Sunday, Dec. 12, St. Nicholas visited during both services at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Seaford. His Feast Day is actually Dec. 6. He came to collect presents the parish members brought for Associated Charities and stockings filled with goodies for the Salvation Army to distribute. The parish also provided Christmas gifts and dinner for two families in Seaford.

Christmas Cantata
The First Baptist Church of Seaford will have its annual Christmas Cantata on Saturday, Dec. 18, at 7 p.m., and Sunday, Dec. 19, at 11 a.m. This year’s cantata, “Goodwill To Men” features the latest Christmas arrangements by Ron and Shelly Hamilton. The church is located at 543 N. Bradford St. in Seaford. For more information call 629-7161 or 629-7299.

Church of God Christmas
The Bridgeville Church of God, 7046 Seashore Highway, Bridgeville, will have its adult Christmas play on Sunday, Dec. 19, at 10:30 a.m. The Christmas Eve service will be Dec. 24 at 7 p.m. All are welcome.

St. Philip’s Christmas season
St. Philip’s Episcopal Church in Laurel will have the following services during the Christmas season.
  • Sunday, Dec. 19, fourth Sunday in Advent, Holy Eucharist and church school at 9:30 a.m., celebrant, Fr. Larry Miller.
  • Friday, Dec. 24, Christmas Eve service, 8:30 p.m. Holy Eucharist, celebrant, Fr. Jack Chamblin.
  • Sunday, Dec. 26, lessons and carols at 9:30 a.m.
  • Sunday, Jan. 2, Holy Eucharist at 9:30 a.m., celebrant, Fr. Larry Miller.

    Bridgeville Church of God
    On Friday, Dec. 24, there will be a community candlelight service with communion at the Bridgeville Church of God, at 7 p.m. (casual service). For information call 337-3044. The church is located on Rt. 404 near Bridgeville.

    Sounds of Joy
    The “Sounds of Joy” a southern gospel singing group will be in New Year’s Eve Concert at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church in Laurel. The Sounds of Joy, with their style of southern gospel harmony, delivers a message through song in a way both informative and enjoyable. They have been in concert in many of the area churches, convalescent homes, and other organizations. St. Paul’s concert will begin at 9 p.m. The church is located on Old Stage Road, in Laurel, just south of U.S. 13.

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