Sunday December 21 is the Fourth Sunday in Advent and one of great celebration at Guilford Community Church, UCC. The church will start Christmas week at 10am worship with the Annual Christmas Pageant, directed and choreographed by Kathy Gatto Gurney. Prophets, angels, wise men and shepherds of all ages will prance and dance and bring in the Peace of Christmas . Peter Amidon will lead the choir in the anthems "For Unto Us a Child Is Born" (Handel) and "Watt's Cradle Hymn". Favorite Hymns will frame the readings from Luke 1 and 2. After the service a huge bonfire will be lit outside in honor of the Solstice and as a way to celebrate the purchase of new property next to the church and welcome good things to come.
On Wednesday, December 24, there will be two candlelit services. The 4pm Family Candlelight Service includes lessons and carols and anthems "Do You Hear What I Hear and Oh Holy Night under the direction of Patty Meyer. At 11 pm brass instruments join with folk instruments and the choir for a similar more jubilant celebration ending at midnight with the lighting of the Christ Candle. Peter Amidon will lead the choir. Everyone wanting to sing is encouraged to come by 9:30pm and those with brass instruments please come by 10:30pm.
Guilford Community Church is an Open and Affirming Congregation of the United Church of Christ. The building is fully handicapped accessible and hearing assistance and an ASL interpreter will be present at the 4pm service. To find the church, drive one mile south of exit 1 on route 5 and turn left just beyond the Guilford Country Store. For information call 257-0994 or 257-2776. Everyone is welcome.