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Bethel UMC announces holiday schedule Bethel United Methodist Church, 129 W. Fourth St., Lewes will hold Christmas Cantata ser- vices to be held at 8 and 11 a.m., Sunday, Dec. 17, and contempo- rary worship will be at 9:15 a.m. in Fellowship Hall. Worship will be at 10 a.m., Sunday, Dec. 24, in Fellowship Hall. Christmas Eve services Sunday, Dec. 24, at Bethel UMC will be candlelight communion at 3 p.m. in the sanctuary; can- dlelight Christmas pageant at 5 p.m. in Fellowship Hall; candle- light youth service at 7 p.m. in the sanctuary; and candlelight communion at 11 p.m. in the sanc- tuary. For more information, call 302-645-9426 or email office@ Advent organ recitals set at All Saints’ Dec. 21 All Saints’ Episcopal Church continues its Meditation in Mu- sic - Advent Organ Recital Series. Jackson Borges, organist and parish director of music for All Saints’ Church and St. George’s Chapel will play from 12:15 to 1 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 21, follow- ing the Healing Service at All Saints’ Church. Featured will be works of the great masters, as well as seasonal works based on Advent hymns and chants. All Saints’ Episcopal Church is at 18 Olive Ave. in Rehoboth Beach. There is no charge for admission, though a freewill offering will be collected to support the music ministry of the parish. For more information, call 302-227-7202. Christmas services set at Calvary Baptist Calvary Baptist Church will hold the AWANA Kids Christ- mas program at 10 a.m., Sunday, Dec. 24. The Christmas Eve can- dlelight service is set for 5 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 24. The church is at 22860 Dupont Blvd., George- town. For more information, call 302-856-3773. Longest Night Service of support set The Longest Night Service will be held at 6:30 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 21, at Long Neck United Methodist Church, 32051 Long Neck Road, Long Neck. The Christmas and Advent seasons are known for their expressions of joy, excitement and happiness. It is a time for family and friends to gather and for churches to worship, pointing to the hope that is found in the coming of the Christ child. But, this time of expectation can be overshad- owed by the pain many people experience during this season, when suffering and loss, hurt and absence bring a feeling of disconnect from the rest of the festive world. Congregants will gather on the longest night of the year to support one another through song, the lighting of the Ad- vent wreath, the word of God, communion and prayer. All are welcome to support each other and be supported this evening. Candlelight service set at Groome UMC Groome United Methodist Church, 701 Savannah Road, Lew- es, will hold its annual Christmas Eve candlelight service at 5 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 24. The story of the birth of Jesus will be shared in a beautiful service of lessons and carols. The community is invited to attend. St. John the Baptist announces schedule All are warmly invited to at- tend Christmas Eve, Dec. 24, services at The Episcopal Church of St. John the Baptist, 307 Fed- eral St., Milton. They are: Festive Christmas Mass at 7 and 11 p.m., Congregational carol-singing at 10:30 p.m. Christmas Eve being a Sunday this year, the regular morning Mass continues at 10 a.m. For information go to saint- Join us in celebrating the birth of our Savior and sharing in the joy of the season at our... Christmas Play by Gary Neal Hansen Performed in the sanctuary. Friday, Dec. 15 - 6:30pm • Saturday, Dec. 16 - 4pm Sunday, Dec. 17 - 3pm Cookies and beverages in the fellowship hall after each performance. Donations and canned goods collected to benefit our community. Handicapped accessible. Information: 302-945-1881 • 33106 Jolyn’s Way, Lewes, DE CONLEY’S UNITED METHODIST CHURCH Cape Gazette FAITH & SPIRITUALITY FRIDAY, DECEMBER 15 - MONDAY, DECEMBER 18, 2017 67 Advent and Christmas Briefs » SUBMITTED PHOTO ST. NICHOLAS MADE AN APPEARANCE Dec. 3 at St. Peter’s Episco- pal Church in Lewes during the family LIGHT (Learning In God’s House Together) service. He brought chocolate coins for the children, and he spread a message of love and giving to those less fortunate. St. Nicholas was portrayed by the Rev. Ray Michener. After the service, the children and parents stocked the newly con- structed Little Cupboard with canned goods and nonperishable foods. The cupboard, located along the fence on Second Street, is a church min- istry of Feed the Children Heart and Soul, and it houses food and other items for those in need. Visitors are encouraged to take items they can use and also put things in to give to those less fortunate. Families looking for a child-friendly service that offers messages for all ages can consider joining the family service at 10:30 a.m. Sundays in St. Peter's Parish Hall, 211 Mulberry St., Lewes. ST. NICHOLAS VISITS FAMILY SERVICE Children who attended the LIGHT service at St. Peter’s helped St. Nicho- las stock the Little Cupboard with nonperishable food items.