Compiled by Natalie Simms
Trinity United Methodist Church of Rome brings back two Christmas traditions this year.
- Dec. 20-24: The Live Nativity, a community favorite since 1957, will be visible on the front lawn of the church, at 606 Turner McCall Blvd., from 6:30 until 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 20, through Christmas Eve, says Senior Pastor Kenny Ott. Rain, shine or cold, church members rotate on half-hour shifts re-enacting the night Christ was born.
- In addition to the Live Nativity, Trinity has added another element to this year’s scene. A group of church members have crafted and hand-painted life-size Nativity figures that will be in place during times when the Live Nativity reenactment is not occurring. This will enable everyone passing TUMC, no matter the time, to enjoy the long-running Christmas tradition.
- A dedication ceremony is set for 10 a.m. Dec. 20.
On Wednesday, Dec. 21, the winter solstice — the longest night of the year in terms of darkness — the church will observe “The Longest Night” beginning at 7 p.m. This service, now a decade old, is for those who perhaps have suffered a loss of a loved one or a relationship, and perhaps are alone or just not in the mood to celebrate Christmas. Clergy will stay after the service for any one-on-one needs.
Trinity United Methodist Church will celebrate Christmas with Three Communion and Candlelight Services on Christmas Eve at 4, 6 and 11 p.m. The 4 p.m. service will be held in the Martha King Building sanctuary, while the 6 p.m. and 11 p.m. service will be held in the main sanctuary. On Christmas Day, Trinity will host a Christmas Hymn Sing at 10 a.m. in the main sanctuary.
Saint Mary’s Catholic Church, 911 Broad St., Rome, will celebrate Christmas as follows:
- Dec. 24: 4 p.m. Mass with children’s pageant; 6 p.m. with the bell choir; 8 p.m. in Spanish; 10 p.m. choir program; 11 p.m., Midnight Mass.
- Dec. 25: 8 a.m., 9:30 a.m., 11 a.m. (all English) and 1 p.m. Spanish.
St. Andrew’s Anglican Church, 546 S. Broad St., Rome will have a Christmas Eve Eucharist at 5:30 p.m. and Christmas Day at 9:30 a.m. For more information call 706-506-1241.
Pleasant Valley South Baptist Church, 702 Pleasant Valley Rd. in Silver Creek, will have Christmas Day Worship service at 10:30 a.m. in Worship Center. There will also be a special Christmas Eve, Eve, Eve, Eve service on Wednesday, Dec. 21 at 6:30 p.m.
First Presbyterian Church will gather in the Sanctuary at 101 E. 3rd Avenue on December 24 for two Christmas Eve Candlelight Services at 4:30 pm and 6:00 pm. On Christmas Day, there will be a family-oriented service in the Sanctuary at 10:30 am. Visitors and friends from our community are warmly welcomed to join in this celebration of the gift of Jesus. The schedule for New Year’s Day will be the same as for Christmas Day. Childcare for children 8 wks – 5 years old is provided at all services.
First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Rome will host a Christmas Eve Service at 6 p.m. and Christmas Day Service at 11 a.m.
Now-Dec. 30: Christmas Light Show at Pettit Creek Farms in Cartersville. Gates are open Monday-Thursday from 6-9 p.m. and Friday-Sunday from 6-10 p.m. You can drive thru for $15 for entire car load or $10 per person for a hayride. Both options include the petting zoo and visit with live reindeer. Santa Claus will be there every Thursday-Sunday and there will be a Live Nativity on the weekends. No reservations are required. Details
Now-Jan. 8: Visit Barnsley Resort throughout the holiday season to enjoy the extensive lights at the historic Manor House Ruins, gardens and throughout the Village. Garden hours are extended from 5-8 p.m. to take advantage of the seasonal display. Garden fees apply for the self-guided walking tours and are $15 for adults; $10 for senior citizens and students; free for children 12 and under. Details
Dec. 18: All Aboard for The Summerville Santa Special. Trains will depart from the historic Summerville Depot for a one hour, 15 minute ride to Trion and return. Along the way riders will be treated to light refreshments, storytelling and Christmas carols. As the train pulls into Trion, Santa Claus will climb aboard and walk through the train greeting children during the return ride to Summerville. Tickets are $18 for everyone age 3 & up. Details
Dec. 18: Silent Night, a drive-through nativity experience, from 6-8:30 p.m. at Spring Creek Baptist Church, 2636 Chulio Road. Experience the sights and sounds of Bethlehem. Presented by Spring Creek and Reynolds Chapel baptist churches.
Dec. 19: City of Summerville Christmas Parade at 7 p.m. The parade theme is “Winter Wonderland.”
CONCERTS & PERFORMANCES
Dec. 18: Lessons and Carols Service, Trinity United Methodist Church, Rome. Join us for the Lessons and Carols Services presented by our Adult Choir at three Sunday services 8:30, 9:45 and 11:00 am. This service includes scripture readings alongside the Christmas Choral classics, “O Come, O Come Emmanuel” and “Do You Hear What I Hear”. The service will also include some more traditional Christmas Carols – “Ding Dong Merrily on High” and “O Holy Night”.