Christmas Roundup: Big Stone Gap District

Christmas Roundup: Big Stone Gap District

EVERY YEAR FOR THE PAST 31 years Norton UMC has hosted a seasonal musical program known as The Festival of Lessons and Carols. This program is based on an event at Kings College in Cambridge, England, first planned in 1918 by Eric Milner-White who, at the age of 34, had just been appointed dean. Experience as an army chaplain had convinced him the Church of England needed more imaginative worship.

The program combines nine traditional scripture readings with a variety of Christmas music and carols. Held on the second Sunday of January, the festival comes at a time when many people are ready just to forget Christmas. Yet, the Christmas story is timeless and so vital to our Christian mission, we at Norton UMC like to celebrate it as long as possible.

Everyone is welcome to attend. The church is located at 8th Street and Virginia Avenue near the historic Norton Hotel.

-- Pastor Ken Taylor, Norton UMC


DERBY UMC PROVIDED, assembled, and delivered 118 shoe boxes and $885 shipping for Operation Christmas Child, a Samaritan’s Purse project. The world may see Appalachian coal camps as rundown, impoverished, drug-infested pits, but this surely is an example of how those with so little are doing so much to show the love of Jesus.

-- Rev. Carl Mehaffy, Derby UMC

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