KINGSPORT, Tenn. (Dec. 19, 2015) -- A Kingsport church spread a little Christmas spirit to its community. The Shades of Grace United Methodist congregation held its first annual Christmas party.
Santa showed up in a fire engine to visit everyone. There was face painting, live music, and gifts for all the kids.
The congregation opened about a year ago. Pastor Will Shewey wants kids to know this is a safe place for them to be in downtown Kingsport.
"There's a lot of addiction, a lot of homelessness in the downtown area so we're trying to be a bright spot on this corner and this part of Sullivan Street to bring more life into the downtown," Shewey said.
"Shades of Grace to host children's Christmas party in downtown Kingsport" (Times News, 12/17/15)