Catholic Christmas Mass Schedule
December 25, 2011 by staff
There will not be bells playing carols at Mt. Moriah Baptist Church on Sunday, but a bell will sound — as it does every Sunday just before 11 a.m. “We ring it every time before worship service,” said Todd McClain, the pastor of the church.
The congregation meets in a small white building on U.S. 29 just south of the Moreland / Newnan exit on Interstate 85. Church members decorated the farm bell, which stands just outside the church, with festive greenery and a bright red bow.
The ringing bell Sunday will not only signal time for worship and the birth of Jesus, but a new beginning for Mt. Moriah. “Sunday will be our last service at that little building,” McClain said.
The church has seen many changes since it began with services at Atkinson Elementary School and then moved to the U.S. 29 building.
“We had many spiritual services there, but God has blessed us with another church on 2325 Luther Bailey Road in Senoia,” McClain said.
The church members will be taking a number of things from the old location to the new one. “The bell will go with us — and will continue to be rung,” McClain said.
Some churches are not holding services today — having celebrated Christ’s birth on Christmas Eve. Many churches that normally have multiple services on Sunday will have only one today.
First United Methodist Church of Newnan is planning a single Sunday service at an atypical time — 4 p.m. The service will have special resonance for youngsters who want to bring that favorite toy from Santa to church with them.
The service will include a Blessing of the Toys. Dr. Med Roach, senior pastor of the church, wrote in the First Methodist newsletter that parents should “allow your child to bring a toy or two to this service” to have the toy blessed and to “hear an explanation of the meaning of gift giving and the meaning of God’s gift of ‘play.’”
According to Roach, the service at First Methodist “will be a meaningful time of worshiping God with our Christmas music, our ritual” and the toy blessing. He described Christmas as “a time for families to gather and to celebrate the birth of the Christ Child into the world.”
Members at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church will continue a longstanding tradition today — delivering meals after the 10 a.m. service.
Also on the calendar for today are:
* Christmas Mass, St. Mary Magdalene Catholic Church, 9 a.m.
* Student Day at Christmas, Central Baptist Church, 10:55 a.m.
* Christmas Program, Providence Baptist Church, Summers-McKoy Road, immediately following 11 a.m. service.
* Christmas Day Mass, St. Mary Magdalene Catholic Church, noon. American Sign Language offered.
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