Christmas 

singing

Mayflower United Methodist Church will be holding a Christmas singing at 1 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 4, at Southridge Village.

Christmas Cantata

Mayflower United Methodist Church would like to invite the community to join them for its Christmas Cantata at 7 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 9. For more information, call 501-470-0983.

Advent at First Christian Church

Advent at First Christian Church, 550 Watkins St., Conway, 329-6142, Donna Rountree, minister.

• Nov. 27 - Advent will begin with our Hanging of the Greens service on Sunday morning at 10:45 a.m. During this inspiring service, readings that explain the meanings behind the symbols of Christmas are interspersed with an abundance of beautiful Christmas music. During the readings and music, the Christmon tree is decorated, poinsettias are placed, candles are lit, wreaths are hung, and evergreens are added to adorn the sanctuary – all in anticipation of the birth of Jesus.

• Dec. 11 – The third Sunday of Advent is "Joy," a most fitting time for our Christmas Music Sunday. At this 10:45 a.m. Service of Lessons and Carols you will be blessed by the musical offerings of our vocal choir, our handbell choir, and solos by members of our congregation.    

• Dec. 14 – Our church recognizes that the Advent and Christmas season isn’t so joyful for some, and so we offer a Blue Christmas Service. Loss is real, whether through death, a lost job or a lost relationship. People who are not having a very merry Christmas and friends who support them are invited to come and sit with one another in a liturgy that speaks of the love of God for the grieving, at 7 p.m.

• Dec. 24 – Our annual Christmas Eve Service this year will be offered at the earlier hour of 5 p.m. This very traditional service will be filled with scripture and carols and will include offerings by our choir and handbell choir. As usual, the service will conclude with a circle of candlelight and the singing of Silent Night.

• Dec. 25 – Our Christmas Day Sunday Worship will begin at 11. Join us in worship and communion as we are reminded once again, through scripture and carol, of the true meaning of this glorious day.

Taizé Services

First Presbyterian Church, 2400 Prince St., will again offer Taizé services each Sunday evening during Advent, the period of preparation for Christmas.

The services of meditation are based on the worship of the Taizé Community in Taizé, Saône-et-Loire, Burgundy, France. The community is an ecumenical monastic order composed of about 100 brothers from Protestant, Orthodox and Catholic traditions.

These candlelit services of prayer, meditation and song will begin on Sunday, Nov. 27, the first Sunday in Advent, and will continue each Sunday evening at 6 p.m. through Dec. 18 in the music suite on the west side of the FPC building.

The music of the Taizé service emphasizes simple phrases, usually lines from Psalms or other pieces of Scripture, repeated and sometimes also sung in canon, accompanied by keyboard, flute, violin, clarinet, French horn, and guitar.

Past participants have said these services leave them feeling closer to God, refreshed and renewed.