Christmas tradition lives on

First Posted: 12/24/2009

In its 17th year, the Childrens Christmas Eve service at First Presbyterian Church still draws the faithful who have made the service part of their holiday tradition.
The Night of the Nativity was the creation of Shasta Brown, the director of Christian education at the church.
Her daughter, Kate Brown, was the narrator of The Christmas Story which is told as part of the service every year. The Joyful Noise Trio, made up of angels and shepherds, which were played by some of the children in the church, sang The Little Drummer Boy.
The Joyful Noise Trio, made up of Malcolm Malone, who played Joseph, Olivia Malone, who played Gabriel, and Maggie Beal, who played, Mary, sang The Friendly Beasts.
Former Mount Airy Commissioner David Beal was in attendance. He said he enjoys going to the service every year.
The children of the church have been doing this service and setting the tone for our Christmas for many years. Some of them have grown up and gone off to college, some of them are now members of our church. All of them know the spirit of Christmas and they give it to us every year, said Beal.
Pastor Steve Lindsley played the guitar for some of the songs the children sang.
It is a part of the tradition of this church. They do this service and most people that are here are related to these children, but some of the people come just because it is part of their Christmas tradition. This is just part of what we do here, Lindsley said.
Contact Mondee Tilley at [email protected] or at 719-1930.

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