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1212 Bluff Park Baptist Lights on the Bluff
Area residents bundled up for a hayride as a part of last year's Lights on the Bluff event at Bluff Park Baptist Church.
Lights on the Bluff, Christmas services
Bluff Park Baptist Church
On Dec. 2 at 6 p.m., the church will celebrate the beginning of the Christmas season with a traditional "Hanging of the Green" service.
On Dec. 8 from 5-7:30 p.m., the fifth annual "Lights on the Bluff" with feature live nativity with interactive caroling kicks and a hayride tour of some of the best lights of Bluff Park. To fill your appetite, there will be an old-fashioned "Weenie and Marshmallow Roast,” along with hot chocolate, coffee and wassail. They’ll also have Christmas caroling and "Make and Take" Christmas ornaments for kids. There is no cost.
On Dec. 11 at 10:30 a.m., the Sunshiners senior adult group will hold a Christmas luncheon in the fellowship hall and pack Christmas bags for home-bound seniors.
On Dec. 16 at 11 a.m., the church will hold its Christmas Cantata Service.
On Christmas Eve, the church will hold its candlelight communion service at 5 p.m.
Bluff Park Baptist Church is located at 2211 Mcgwier Circle and can be reached at 822-3240.
Children’s, Chancel Choir and Youth music
Bluff Park United Methodist Church
For the young and young at heart, Bluff Park United Methodist Church offers several events this holiday season the whole family can enjoy.
On Dec. 2 at 5:30 p.m., the church will present its Children’s Christmas Pageant. It will be followed by a reception in the Fellowship Hall.
On Dec. 9 at 6 p.m. in the sanctuary, BPUMC will present Christmas on the Bluff, featuring the Chancel Choir’s third annual holiday music performance, under the direction of Lonnie Parsons
On Dec. 16 at 6 p.m., the church will hold its Blue Christmas Service and Youth Caroling in the sanctuary.
Bluff Park United Methodist Church is located at 733 Valley Street and can be reached at 822-09l0.
Annual Living Nativity, Christmas Cantata
Riverchase Baptist Church
Since 1988, RBC has presented the nativity story in a dramatic outdoor presentation complete with animals and a manger. Shows will take place Dec. 16 at 6 p.m. and 6:45 p.m.
Those who come to see the nativity can have family picture made with the animals and enjoy hot chocolate and warm Krispy Kreme doughnuts.
The church will also host its Christmas Cantata on Dec. 9. Titled “And On Earth, Peace,” this musical performance by Randy Vader, Jay Rouse and Rose Aspinall will bring together 40 singers and a 15-piece orchestra, under the direction of Riverchase Baptist Minister of Music Murphy Maddox, to present the story of the birth of the Prince of Peace.
Free tickets are available. Contact Becky Jones at email@example.com or call 985-4495. Riverchase Baptist Church is located at 2020 Crossvine Drive.
Hanging of the Greens and Handbells
Chapel in the Pines Church
On Dec. 2, the first Sunday of Advent, Chapel in the Pines Church will host its annual Hanging of the Greens Service. The ceremony begins at 10:30 a.m. and is open to the public.
On Dec. 16, Chapel in the Pines Church welcomes the Bell Choir of St. Peter’s Catholic Church. The performance will take place during the 10:30 a.m. worship service.
For more information, contact Janet Roberta 822-4210.
Shades Crest Baptist Church
On Dec. 2 at 5:30 p.m., the preschool and children’s choirs of Shades Crest Baptist Church will present their musical concert titled “Ring in Advent.” On Dec. 9 at 10:30 a.m., the church will host its “Agnus Dei” worship concert. Selections will include both traditional carols and arrangements from the Christmas music of well-known Christian artist Michael W. Smith and David Hamilton. Both events will take place in the church sanctuary.
On. Dec. 16, at 5:30 p.m., join friends and neighbors in an informal setting to sing and hear Christmas songs. The program, titled Sounds Like Christmas! A Friends and Family CarolFest, will include both traditional and popular holiday favorites.
On Dec. 24 at 5 p.m., the church will host its annual Christmas Eve service, featuring carols, candlelight and communion.
For more information, call 822-1360. Shades Crest Baptist Church is located at 452 Park Ave.