Matters of faith

Throughout the holiday season, we'll highlight upcoming holiday events at area churches.


ANTIOCH BAPTIST CHURCH: Christmas Day service, noon Friday; Watch Night service, 11 p.m. Dec. 31, 5715 Koon Road, (803) 786-0119

CALVARY CHAPEL NORTHEAST COLUMBIA: Service of communion and worship, 6 p.m. Thursday, 1120 Sparkleberry Lane Extension.

CHRISTIAN LIFE CHURCH: Family Christmas Event service and communion, 4 p.m. Thursday, 2700 Bush River Road. (803) 798-4488;

EBENEZER LUTHERAN CHURCH: Festival Eucharist, 7 and 11 p.m. Thursday, 1301 Richland St. Celebratory music by choirs, organ, string quartet, brass and timpani begins 30 minutes before each service. (803) 765-9430

FAIR LAWN UNITED METHODIST CHURCH: Christmas Eve communion and candlelight service, 6 p.m. Thursday, 9203 Wilson Blvd. (803) 754-2070;

GRACE UNITED METHODIST CHURCH: Candlelight communion service, 6 p.m. Thursday. 410 Harbison Blvd. (803) 732-1899

LEXINGTON BAPTIST CHURCH: Candlelight Christmas services, 6:30 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, 308 E. Main St., Lexington. Family-friendly services last about 45 minutes. (803) 359-4146;

NEW WILLIAM STREET BAPTIST CHURCH: Church anniversary celebration, 3 p.m. Sunday, 5408 Middleton St. Guest speaker will be the Rev. Leander West of Mount Zion Baptist, Blythewood. (803) 735-0140

NORTHEAST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH: Christmas Eve candlelight services, 4 and 6 p.m. Thursday. Nursery available for the 4 p.m. service. 601 Polo Road. (803) 788-5298

ST. DAVID LUTHERAN CHURCH: Vespers service 7 p.m. Wednesday; candlelight worship, 7 p.m. Thursday; Christmas Vespers, 4 p.m. Friday: 132 St. David's Church Road, West Columbia. (803) 356-3035

ST. ELIZABETH THE NEW MARTYR ORTHODOX CHURCH: Visit from the Wonderworking Kursk Root Icon of the Theotokos, 8:30 a.m. Tuesday, 1344 F. Knox Abbott Drive, Cayce. Divine Liturgy and special presentation will follow after the icon is brought into the church. (803) 794-5971

SAXE GOTHA PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH: "The Ornament" - A Christmas Cantata, 8:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. Sunday; Christmas Eve Candlelight Communion Services: traditional children's music service, 4 p.m., contemporary service, 5:30 p.m., traditional family service, 7 p.m., and traditional Vespers service, 11 p.m. Thursday; 5503 Sunset Blvd., Lexington. (803) 359-7770;

SECOND CALVARY BAPTIST CHURCH: Christmas celebration, 11 a.m. Sunday and Dec. 27, 1110 Mason Road. Includes scripture, readings and celebratory music. (803) 714-9668

SHANDON PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH: Longest Night service, 7 p.m. Monday, 607 Woodrow St. (803) 771-4408;

SHANDON UNITED METHODIST CHURCH: LifeLine Longest Night service, 11:05 a.m. Sunday; Christmas Eve services: traditional communion service, 3 p.m., family service with live nativity and children's choirs, 5 p.m.; candlelight communion service with live nativity and Christmas choir, 9 p.m. Thursday; 3407 Devine St. (803) 256-8383; (803) 256-8383;

STATE STREET BAPTIST CHURCH: Christmas Eve service, 5:30 p.m. Thursday, 1420 State St., Cayce. (803) 796-6123;

TRENHOLM ROAD UNITED METHODIST CHURCH: Christmas comfort service (communion and healing prayer), 5 p.m. Sunday; Christmas Eve services: service with carols and communion, noon, family service with live nativity, 5:30 p.m., and carols, candles and communion, 11 p.m. Thursday; 3401 Trenholm Road. (803) 254-6695;

TRINITY PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH: Longest Night service, 6 p.m. Monday; Advent Bible study, 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. Wednesday; Christmas Eve candlelight communion service, 5:30 p.m. Thursday, 1000 Greenlawn Drive. (803) 776-2067

VEIGHLE CHAPEL BAPTIST CHURCH: Christmas communion service, 8 a.m. Friday, 2400 Leesburg Road. Guest speaker will be the Rev. Rickey J. Fruster of the Kingdom Reapers Ministry.

WASHINGTON STREET UNITED METHODIST CHURCH: Communion, candlelight and carols, 5 p.m. Thursday, 1401 Washington St. (803) 256-2417

ZION CHAPEL BAPTIST CHURCH: Candle-lighting service and Christmas concert, 4 p.m. Sunday, 11 Reeder Point Drive. (803) 776-4450


CENTRAL BAPTIST CHURCH: Christmas musical, 5 p.m. Sunday, 3625 Clement Road. (803) 252-3742

EASTMINSTER PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH: Living Nativity, 6:30 and 7 p.m. Sunday and Monday; "Christmastime in Caroline," concert featuring the Ross Holmes Band, 7:30 p.m. Monday; 3200 Trenholm Road. (803) 256-1654;

FAIR LAWN UNITED METHODISTCHURCH: "A Song is Born," Christmas cantata performed by the Chancel Choir, 9 a.m. Sunday, 9203 Wilson Blvd. (803) 754-2070;

J&M SINGING CENTER: The J&M Players, 6:30 p.m. Dec. 26, 1704 Pond Branch Road, Gilbert. Love offerings accepted. (803) 260-3639

LAKE MURRAY BAPTIST CHURCH: "This Man Called Jesus," 2:30 and 6:30 p.m. today and Sunday, 1001 U.S. Highway 378 West, Lexington. (803) 359-1556;

LEXINGTON BAPTIST CHURCH: "The Christmas Story in Carols & Poetry," performance by the Marathon Singers Senior Adult Choir, 6 p.m. Sunday; holiday concert featuring the Columbia Community Orchestra and Southern Bronze hand-bell choir, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday; 308 E. Main St., Lexington. (803) 359-4146;

NEW HEIGHTS CHURCH: New Heights Community Players presents "The Forgotten Carols," 7 tonight, 5501 Broad River Road. Tickets: $5 ages 6 and older; younger than 6 not admitted. (803) 454-9287

PARK STREET BAPTIST CHURCH: "There is Peace in the World Tonight," performance by the Worship Choir, 6 p.m. Sunday, 2204 Park St. (803) 252-6434

POND BRANCH UNITED METHODIST CHURCH: "The Greatest Story Ever Told," Christmas cantata performed by the Chancel Choir, 9:30 a.m. Sunday, 1913 Pond Branch Road, Gilbert. (803) 657-5481

ST. PETER'S CATHOLIC CHURCH: Advent IV, 5:30 p.m. today and 8:30, 10 a.m., noon and 5:30 p.m. Sunday; Choral Masses with strings and organ, 4 p.m. and midnight Thursday, 10 a.m. and noon Friday; Festival of Carols, 6:30 p.m. Thursday, followed by contemporary Christmas service at 7 p.m.; Handel's "Messiah, Part I," 11 p.m. Thursday; 1529 Assembly St. (803) 779-0036;

STATE STREET BAPTIST CHURCH: "The Name ... Jesus," presented by the Sanctuary Choir, 6 p.m. Sunday, 1420 State St., Cayce. (803) 796-6123

TRINITY PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH: Christmas choral program featuring the adult and junior choirs, 11 a.m. Sunday, 1000 Greenlawn Drive. (803) 776-2067

WASHINGTON STREET UNITED METHODIST CHURCH: Sing-along "Messiah," featuring the Columbia Choral Society and guest choirs from Eastminster and Shandon Presbyterian churches, 7 p.m. Monday, 1401 Washington St. (803) 256-2417;

WESTSIDE FIRST CHURCH OF GOD: Fourth annual drive-through of the First Christmas, 6:30-8:30 tonight and Sunday, 3508 Delree St., West Columbia. Includes live music, scenes of Caesar's decree, wise men visiting Jesus and more. (803) 796-6475;


FIRST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH: Lunch and speaker series; lunch, 11:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m.; lecture, 12:15-12:50 p.m. Wednesdays in Jackson Hall, 1324 Marion St. Soup and salad, $5; hot meal, $6. Free parking available. (803) 799-9062

PALMETTO CHURCH OF CHRIST: Divorce recovery group, 7 p.m. Tuesdays, 7000 Nursery Road. (803) 781-0909

SHANDON UNITED METHODIST CHURCH: "Growing Through Divorce," 7-9 p.m. Tuesdays, Jan. 19-March 3, 3407 Devine St. Advance registration; deadline is Jan. 13; $14 fee due at first session. (803) 245-8383, ext. 115; e-mail

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