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First United Methodist Church announces Christmas Eve Candlelight Gathering



The First United Methodist Church of Center invites the community to a Christmas Eve Candlelight Service on Thursday, December 24 from 6:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. on the downtown square in front of the historic Shelby County Courthouse.


The entire community is invited to come together for this festive family time of singing carols and celebrating the joy of Jesus’ birth. Everyone should bring their own candle. Hot cider will be provided before the event. The evening will conclude with everyone singing Silent Night by candlelight!


“First United Methodist Church Center is overjoyed to be able to provide this festive community candlelight gathering, especially during this time of social isolation,” said Pastor Malcolm Monroe. “Hopefully, many people will feel comfortable singing the old familiar Christmas carols while outside and respecting the social distancing suggestions to keep everyone healthy.”

In case of inclement weather, the event will be cancelled with no alternative service. (Santa Claus will not be with us because he will be on the other side of the world delivering toys to the children there).


For more information about the Christmas Eve Candlelight Gathering or First UMC, please contact Pastor Malcolm Monroe at the church office (936) 598-2707, visit the church website at or follow on Facebook at


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