Here’s the schedule of holiday services at Grace Episcopal Church: 111 Lee Court, Clayton: Advent lessons and carols, 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 13. Christmas pageant, 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 20; and Christmas Eve service, 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 24. For more information, call 919-553-2810 or go to graceclayton.org.
A “Service of Hope and Remembrance” is scheduled for 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 16, at Wilson’s Mills Christian Church, 179 Fire Department Road. This reflective worship service is a chance to slow down and to remember the hope of the season, the church said in a news release. Elements of the service will include scripture, reflections, singing, the sharing of Communion and the opportunity to say aloud names of loved ones who have died. For more information, call 919-934-2751 or visit wilsonsmillscc.org.
Faith Baptist Church, located at 204 Ricks Road in Selma, will hold its Christmas cantata and children’s program at 11 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 20, at the church. Admission is free.
The Sunday School of Bentonville Disciples of Christ Church will present its Christmas program at 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 14, at the church, 8566 Devil’s Racetrack Road, Four Oaks.
Breakfast with Santa Claus is scheduled from 7 to 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 12, at New Zealand Pentecostal Free Will Baptist Church, 5312 Meadowbrook Road in the Meadow community.
The adult choir of Stones Creek Advent Christian Church will present “Under a Starry Sky” at 11 a.m., 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 13, at the church, 343 Woods Crossroads Road, Benson. Refreshments will follow. Admission is free. The pastor’s annual Christmas story is scheduled for 11 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 20. The children of Stones Creek will present the play “A Tree Lot Christmas” at 6 p.m. Dec. 20. Refreshments will follow.
A “Journey to Bethlehem” is scheduled from 4 to 6 p.m. Dec. 12-13 in Wesley Hall at Centenary United Methodist Church, 140 E. Market St., Smithfield. The church will re-create Bethelem as it was during the birth of Christ. Visitors will meet the shepherd, then the centurion, who will lead them to the census taker. They will go to the Roman tax collector and Herod before entering the Town of Bethlehem, where a woodcarver, potter, fisherman and basket weaver will be at work. Buy some unleavened bread, hot drinks or fruit from vendors in the marketplace. Step into the synagogue and speak to the rabbi. Visit with Mary, Joseph and the Baby Jesus as angels sing “Away in the Manger.” Admission is free; however you might want to buy bread from a vendor or give to the Bethlehem town beggars. Proceeds will go to the Smithfield Rescue Mission.
Here is the schedule of Christmas services at Horne Memorial United Methodist Church, 121 E. Second St., Clayton: Moravian Love Feast, 9:45 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 13, in the fellowship hall; choir’s Christmas cantata, 8:30 and 11 a.m. in the sanctuary; and Christmas Eve services, 4 p.m. in the fellowship hall for children, 6 p.m. traditional service in the sanctuary and 8 p.m. traditional service with Communion, also in the sanctuary. At the “Hanging of the Greens” service, attendees will have the chance to make and Advent wreath, and the church will serve refreshments. The Moravian Love Feast will offer a simple meal of bread or cookies and juice or coffee. On Sunday, Dec. 27, the church will hold a contemporary worship service at 9:45 a.m. in the fellowship hall and a traditional worship service at 11 a.m. in the sanctuary. For more information, call the church office at 919-553-6464.
A drive-through live nativity is scheduled from 7 to 9 p.m. Dec. 9-11 at Hephzibah Baptist Church, 4633 U.S. 70- East, Princeton.
Wilson’s Mills Baptist Church will present the cantata “Light, Out of the Darkness” at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 6, at the church, 652 Swift Creek Road, Smithfield.
A performance of the play “Felix Finds Christmas” is scheduled for 6 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 20, at Burnell Baptist Church, 3720 Old School Road, Four Oaks. The church will present a Christmas cantata at 6 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 13.
This month, Prevailing Word Church International is offering prayers and gifts for teachers. The church, which worships at 11 a.m. Sundays, is at 108 Professional Court, Garner.
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