Church News
Thursday, December 19, 2013
Christmas Eve in Bethel A traditional Christmas Eve Service will be held at 11 p.m. on Dec. 24, at Sailors Bethel United Methodist Church in Bethel. The singing of many carols will be led by the Choir, plus Oh Holy Night and Silent Night sung by candlelight, and in between there will be readings of the Birth of the Baby Jesus. Come join us. All are welcome. Come spend Christmas Eve with us.

Christmas at St. Johns UMC St. Johns United Methodist Church in Seaford is celebrating Advent. On Thursday, Dec. 19, there will be a Preschool Christmas Pageant. Come and be blessed by the children of St. Johns Preschool as they perform their annual Christmas Pageant. Performances are at 10 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. in the sanctuary. On Dec. 22, the Fourth Sunday of Advent, come and experience A Child is Born, a cantata by Mary McDonald. There will be one service at 10 a.m. in the sanctuary. A social hour will directly follow in the fellowship hall. Christmas Eve Services on Dec. 24 will feature a contemporary worship service with the Praise Team Band at 7:30 p.m. There will be familiar contemporary music favorites and a brief service with a touch of the traditional including the sacrament of Communion and candle lighting to Silent Night. The Traditional Christmas Eve Service will be held at 10 p.m. St. Johns Choir will lead in singing many cherished Christmas Carols of old. Communion will be served and Silent Night will be sung to candlelight. For more information, call the church at 629-9466 or visit

Gospel Cafe Christmas Show The Gospel Cafe Country Christmas Show, featuring a talented cross-section of local gospel singers and the ever-popular Gospel Cafe Band, will be held on Saturday, Dec. 21, at Seaford Wesleyan Church. Join us for our free music ministry as we celebrate the Christmas season and sing praises to our Savior. A full dinner is available for $8 including dessert and a beverage. Paid dinner is at 5 p.m., free music begins at 6. All are welcome. For more information, contact Bruce and Nancy Willey at 875-5539 or visit

Candlelight Service A Christmas Eve Candlelight Service will be held at Laurel Wesleyan Church, at 6 p.m. on Dec. 24. The church is located at 30186 Seaford Rd. (Alt. 13), Laurel. For more information, call 875-5380 or visit No Name Band at Grace UMC The No Name Band will be at Grace United Methodist Church Hall at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 20. For more information, contact Everett Warrington at 337-7198.

Christmas Eve Candlelight Service Good Samaritan Christian Fellowship Church will hold a Christmas Eve Candlelight Service at 6:30 p.m. All are welcome. The church is located at 26764 Seaford Rd., Seaford, one mile south of Blades. For more information, contact Pastor Ray Justice Jr. at 629-0256.

Lightning Strikes concerts The Lightning Strikes concert series, at The Lighthouse Church, located at 27225 Kaye Rd., just off Rt. 9, County Seat Highway at Dukes Lumber Road, Laurel, is held every second and fourth Saturday of the month. There is a $4 donation at the door and ages 12 and under are free. For details, go to or call 875-7814.

Celebrate Christmas at Centenary On the evening of Dec. 24, the Centenary United Methodist Church, in Laurel, will offer a Christmas Eve Candlelight Service at 7 p.m. and a second Candlelight Service with Holy Communion at 10. All are invited to worship with us as we celebrate the birth of our Lord and Savior.

Choir presents Christmas celebration The choir of Atlanta Road Alliance Church, under the direction of Richard Trice, will present Festival of Lights at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 20, and again at 11 a.m. on Sunday, Dec. 22.   The themes of hope, peace, love and joy flow through the familiar carols, newer musical compositions and narration.

The presentation is free.  Atlanta Road Alliance Church is located at 22625 Atlanta Rd., Seaford, approximately 1-1/2 miles north of the intersection of Stein Highway (Rt. 20) and Atlanta Road.

Christmas Mass schedule Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Seaford announces its 2013 mass schedule. Tuesday, Dec. 24 - Confessions - 9 - 11 a.m.; Family Mass - 5:30 p.m.; Spanish Mass - 7:30 p.m.; Midnight Mass - midnight. The Childrens Choir will perform for the 5:30 Family Mass and the Adult Choir will perform for the Midnight Mass. Wednesday, Dec. 25 - Christmas Day Mass - 8 a.m., 10 a.m.

Christmas at All Saints Church Everyone is welcome to join us at All Saints Episcopal Church, 10th and Grove streets, Delmar, for our celebrations this holy season: Christmas Eve, Dec. 24, 7 p.m. - Holy Eucharist with carols and candlelight Christmas Day, Dec. 25, 8 a.m. - Holy Eucharist Service of Lessons and Carols, Dec. 29, 10 a.m.

Christmas at Seaford Presbyterian Christmas Sunday Pageant and Worship will be held at 10 a.m. on Sunday, Dec. 22, at Seaford Presbyterian Church. A Christmas Eve Candlelight and Communion Service will be held at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 24. The church is located at 701 Bridgeville Hwy. (one block north of Dunkin Donuts), Seaford.

One Starry Night Take your family back in time to ancient Bethlehem on Sunday, Dec. 22, at Laurel Nazarene Church for One Starry Night. You will taste, see and smell what daily life was like when Jesus was born. There will be stations and activities for kids of all ages so bring your whole family. Doors open at 9 a.m. The city gates will be kept open until noon. To register before arrival or for more information, visit or call the church office at 875-7873.

Griefshare class offered Griefshare, a special seminar and group support for people grieving the loss of someone close, will be offered at Encounter Praize at Christ Lutheran Church, Seaford. Griefshare is a non-denominational group that features Biblical teaching on grief and recovery. One class will meet on Friday mornings from 9 to 11 and the second class will meet on Saturday evenings from 5 to 7 p.m. Call 629-9755 for details.

St. Lukes newsletter St. Lukes Episcopal Church offers its newsletter online and also via email. Lukes Letter is published quarterly and is available on: You can also join our email list by sending a request to St. Lukes service of Holy Eucharist is Sunday at 9 a.m. For more info, call St. Lukes office at 629-7979.

Gospel Cafe at The Ark Gospel Cafe at The Ark, Seaford Wesleyan Church, US 13, every  Saturday at 6 p.m. Dinner at 5:15 p.m. For more information contact Nancy at 875-5539.

Open Mic Christian Night Open Mic Christian Night is the first and third Friday of every month from 7 to 9 p.m. at The Lighthouse Church located at 27225 Kaye Rd., just off Rt. 9, County Seat Highway at Dukes Lumber Road. Bring your singing talents - CD or musical instrument. One person, group singers, young to seniors welcome. Free admission and free snacks. For details call Dean at 875-2115.

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The Good News of Christmas For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Isaiah 9:6 (NIV)