12 churches join forces for Christmas performance

Nov. 18, 2013 @ 04:13 PM

A dozen High Point churches have collaborated on a ministry titled “Christmas for the City,” a unique performance arts program to be held Dec. 12-14 at First Wesleyan Church/Providence Place.
Tickets are on sale now.
The Christmas program will feature a 135-member choir, full orchestra, vocal ensembles, children’s chorus, the Arts Evangelica dance troupe, dramatic cast, handbell choirs, and video/multimedia elements.
Performances will be held at 7 p.m. Dec. 12-14, with an additional matinee performance at 2 p.m. on Dec. 14.
The idea for “Christmas for the City” was conceived by Jon Eric Woodward, pastor of worship and arts for Community Bible Church. For several years, Community Bible had developed Christmas programs of this type for its own congregation with an outreach focus, but this year Woodward decided to do something on a broader scale that would allow for a greater outreach to the community.
“We’re looking forward to presenting a program that takes advantage of the musical, dramatic and technical talents of many skilled individuals from around our city in a way that no one church can do on its own,”  said Mark Loy, worship and music pastor of Green Street Baptist Church, one of the participating churches. “But our primary mission is to proclaim the true meaning of Christmas for people in this city that might be searching for it this season.”
Members of the following churches will be involved in the program: Christ United Methodist Church, Community Bible Church, Emerywood Baptist Church, First Baptist Church, First Wesleyan Church, First United Methodist Church, Green Street Baptist Church, Hayworth Wesleyan Church, New Bethel Baptist Church, The Journey Church, Triad Baptist Church and Victorious Life Church.
Tickets are $5 and can be purchased at Bicycle Toy & Hobby Shop and Oak Hollow Thrift Shop in High Point, at Lifeway Christian Bookstore in Greensboro, and at the following churches: Community Bible, First Baptist, First Wesleyan, Green Street Baptist, Hayworth Wesleyan and New Bethel Baptist.
Audience members are requested to bring three cans of food apiece to be collected at the door and distributed to local food banks.