Christmas cantatas, programs and services

Published 12:00 am Friday, December 14, 2018

Saturday Dec. 15

St. John’s Lutheran, downtown Salisbury
9 a.m.: Live Broadcast of Advent Prayer Service simulcast with Christmas Lutheran Church in Bethlehem, The Holy Land and National Cathedral in Washington, D.C., in the Faith Center. A panel discussion will follow.

West Corinth Baptist
MOORESVILLE — 120 Corinth Church Road. Two days: “The Reason” theatre in the round on what Christmas is really all about.
• Dec 15, 7 p.m.
• Dec. 16, 11 a.m. and 6 p.m.

Sunday, Dec. 16

Henderson Grove
11 a.m.: Henderson Grove Missionary Baptist Church’s annual Christmas program will feature poetry, praise dances, Christmas music plus original play titled “Christmas In A Box” written by Brenda Rice-McNeely. Rev. Perry Dye is host pastor.

Rescheduled: Immanuel Lutheran
ROCKWELL — 2070 Emanuel Church Road. 11 a.m.: The Chancel Choir presents “Three Kings.” Written by Stan Pethel and Marty Cabaniss; narration by Nathan Wyatt.

St. John’s Lutheran, downtown Salisbury
11 a.m.: A Service of Lessons and Carols by the Chancel Choir, Men’s Chorus, Women’s Ensemble, soloists and Instrumental Ensemble. No 8:30 Chapel service on this day. 9:27 Worship will meet.

Christiana Lutheran Church
12:30 p.m: ‘Carol and the Belles’ Christmas dinner and show set in the ’50s, presented by CLC children, youth, adults. Tickets $15. RSVP to 704-213-1894 or 6190 US Hwy 52.

World of Faith Outreach Ministries
5370 Stokes Ferry Road: 1:30 p.m.: Christmas Dinner, all are invited.

Soldiers Memorial Jubilee Community Choir
4 p.m.: The Jubilee Community Choir 33rd Christmas concert, “Shout for Joy, the Savior is Born,” Soldiers Memorial AME Zion Church, 306 N Church St. with Dr. Tika Douthit, flute; Galvin Crisp, saxophone; Natalia House, dancer; Rebecca Stinson, soloist; Phyllis Partee, accompanist. Also Doris Goodman, Monica Green, Phyllis Partee. Free and open to the public; a love offering will be collected. Refreshments follow. Kay Wright Norman is music director and musician.

North Kannapolis Baptist
KANNAPOLIS — 312 Locust St. 5:30 p.m.: The Adult Choir presents “Come, Let Us Adore,” directed by Patrick Hunter. Luminaries will be on display throughout the evening. 704-933-2125.

Rescheduled: Live Nativity at Mt. Moriah
6-8 p.m.: Drive by or get out and enjoy the sights and sounds of the Holy Scene played out on the front lawn of the church with costumed characters and real animals. 750 Mt. Moriah Church Road. Info at 704-857-5034.

Poplar Tent Presbyterian
CONCORD — 6841 Poplar Tent Road: 7 p.m. Lessons and Carols for Christmas includes members of the Charlotte Orchestra. Refreshments follow. 704-783-1603 or

New London UMC
NEW LONDON — 206 S. Main St. 7 p.m.: Children’s Christmas play based on ‘A Christmas Carol.’ Directed by Karen and Rebekah Morris, with Jackie Almond and Julie Wittman.

Tuesday, Dec. 18

New London UMC
NEW LONDON — 206 S. Main St. 7 p.m.: Fundraising Christmas Concert: “A Joyous Noel” by Daniel Dickens and Kelly Newsome. Free; offering received to support Stanly Community Christian Ministries.

Wednesday, Dec. 19

Gloria Dei Lutheran
1908 Statesville Blvd., 7 p.m. Wednesdays until Christmas: evening candlelight Advent worship service with prayer time.

Friday, Dec. 21

New London UMC
NEW LONDON — 206 South Main St. at 7 p.m.: Longest Night Service, co-sponsored by North Stanly Missional Network and Crossroads Connection. December 21 is the longest night of the year. The service provides the opportunity to be still, to provide hope in the midst of brokenness. The public is invited.

Saturday, Dec. 22

Luther’s Lutheran
RICHFIELD — At the corner of Stokes Ferry and Richfield Roads: 5-7:30 p.m.: Live Nativity Scene.

Sunday, Dec. 23

Christiana Lutheran
10:30 a.m.: Joseph Martin’s ‘The Song Heard Round the World’ with Becky Morris on piano, Jon Kirk on percussion. Christiana Lutheran Church, 6190 US Hwy 52, Salisbury.

Gloria Dei Lutheran
1908 Statesville Blvd., fourth Sunday of Advent, with special organ and trumpet music during the service at 11 a.m.

New London UMC
NEW LONDON — 206 S. Main St. 11 a.m.: Christmas Cantataby the Chancel Choir directed by Suzie Martin, accompanied by Daniel Dickens and Danny Harris.

Rescheduled: Salisbury-Rowan Choral Society concert
4 p.m. Dec. 23: An old fashioned Christmas concert “The Sleigh Ride Home” at Milford Hills United Methodist Church, 1630 Statesville Blvd. 704-796-9683 or

South River UMC
WOODLEAF — Live Nativity Scene 6:30-8 p.m. Bentwood Lane, Cleveland.

Christmas Eve

The Arbor UMC/ Central United Methodist of Spencer
5545 Woodleaf Road, 5 p.m. Joint Christmas Eve service at The Arbor. Craig Sefa is pastor at The Arbor and McKenzie Sefa is pastor at Central.

Luther’s Lutheran
RICHFIELD — At the corner of Stokes Ferry and Richfield Roads: 7 p.m. See the Christmas Play titled “The Year Without a Christmas Play.”
New London UMC
NEW LONDON — 206 S. Main St. 7 p.m.: Christmas Eve Service. Prelude by Daniel Dickens and Adelina Cato. Concludes with lighting of candles.

Center Grove Lutheran LCMS
KANNAPOLIS — 1601 S. Cannon Blvd.: 9 p.m. Candlelight service with violinist, drummer, organist/pianist, soloist.

Gloria Dei Lutheran
1908 Statesville Blvd. — Candlelight Service at 7 p.m., with caroling, prayer, and candle lighting by the congregation.

St. John’s Lutheran, downtown Salisbury
• 5 p.m. : Christmas Eve Family Service with the 9:27 worship team, choir, handbells. Prelude at 4:30 p.m. .
• 8 p.m.: Candlelight Service “The story of Christmas” as presented by brass, choirs, handbells, festival liturgy, candlelight. Prelude at 7:30 p.m.

Sunday, Dec. 30

New London UMC
NEW LONDON — 206 S. Main St. 11 a.m.: Daniel Dickens presents a dramatization of Joseph, the earthly father of Jesus.

First Baptist Church Salisbury
The Parables Of Christ in concert 6 p.m., First Baptist Church of Salisbury. Free; love offering accepted. Family Ministry Center, across the street from the church 223 N. Fulton St.

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