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Faith in Focus: The Summit Church hosts Christmas services at DPAC

The Summit Church, which has campuses throughout the Triangle, will host Christmas services Dec. 23-24 at the Durham Performing Arts Center. Here, performers take the stage during last year’s event.
The Summit Church, which has campuses throughout the Triangle, will host Christmas services Dec. 23-24 at the Durham Performing Arts Center. Here, performers take the stage during last year’s event. COURTESY OF THE SUMMIT CHURCH

Christmas is so big at The Summit Church it takes a performance venue to hold all the worshippers.

For the fourth year in a row, Summit will host services at the Durham Performing Arts Center on Wednesday, Dec. 23, and Thursday, Dec. 24.

“We believe that the church is not limited to a church building. Rather, it’s a body that is gathered for celebration,” said Danny Franks, Summit’s pastor of connections. “That’s why from time to time we look for other venues that are both outside the walls and outside the norm of our typical weekend service. The convenience, familiarity and atmosphere of the Durham Performing Arts Center is a great fit for taking the celebration of Christmas to the city.”

The five services are high-energy events with the music ranging from traditional carols to rap, along with multimedia and spoken-word elements.

For Summit, the annual services at the DPAC have become more than just a community outreach.

“We have come to view this event as a gift to the Triangle area,” Franks said. “We recognize that for many people Christmas Eve services are a part of their childhood memories, a nod to traditions that may no longer exist in their lives. We wanted to provide an environment where our church could invite friends, neighbors and co-workers to celebrate the message of the season in a fresh way.”

Summit’s services at the DPAC are free, but a ticket is required for admission. Ticket information and availability is online at christmasatdpac.com. Children are welcome to attend, but they must also secure a ticket in advance.

Child care will be available on a limited basis.

The Summit Church has multiple campuses in Wake, Durham, Orange and Alamance counties. To learn more about the church, go to summitrdu.com.

Live nativity

Christ’s Sanctified Holy Church in Raleigh will present a live nativity scene from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 18. The nativity includes a live camel as well as donkeys, goats, llama and sheep.

Visitors can drive through or park and walk into the manger scene. Hot cocoa and cider will be served.

Christ’s Sanctified Holy Church is located at 9050 Strickland Road, Raleigh.

Carols of Christmas

The Raleigh Boychoir will present the Carols of Christmas 2015 concert at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 18, at Edenton Street United Methodist Church.

The performance is an annual tradition and will feature all the different choirs that make up the celebrated Raleigh Boychoir.

Tickets are not available at the door. They must be purchased in advance online at brownpapertickets.com or raleighboychoir.org. Tickets are $8 for students, $15 for adults, $12 for senior citizens and free for children 5 and younger.

Edenton Street United Methodist Church is located at 223 W. Edenton St., Raleigh.

SHiNE

Good Shepherd Lutheran Church will host its final SHiNE service of 2015 from 12:30 to 1 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 20.

SHiNE is an inclusive service for worshippers of all abilities and their families.

The service takes place in the sanctuary at Good Shepherd Lutheran, 7000 Creedmoor Road, Raleigh.

Carla Turchetti compiles Faith in Focus each week. Email her with details of upcoming events at carla.turchetti.writer@gmail.com.

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