KINGSPORT — Most of the “Church Circle churches” opened their doors for “Advent Tours” earlier this month, offering anyone who wanted a chance to view Christmas decorations already in place while also learning a bit of each church’s history. All the participating congregations, like the city of Kingsport itself, have recently celebrated their 100th anniversaries. If you missed the tours, you’ll have a chance to visit any of the churches — more than one if you plan accordingly — for Christmas Eve services. Below is a list of scheduled services at the various churches on or near Church Circle.
First Broad Street United Methodist Church, Christmas Eve Services
8:30 a.m. - Traditional (Sanctuary) and Encounter (Fellowship Hall) services.
9:40 a.m. - Carol Singing led by David & Kathryn Bowden in the Sanctuary.
(Sunday School classes may participate.)
10:45 a.m. - Traditional (Sanctuary) and Encounter (Fellowship Hall) services.
3:00 p.m. - Family service with Blessing of the Babies (Sanctuary).
5:30 p.m. - Traditional (Sanctuary) and Encounter (Fellowship Hall) services.
7:00 p.m. - Service at Baysmont.
10:30 p.m. - Traditional Service (Sanctuary).
In addition, First Broad Street UMC will livestream (on its Facebook page): the 8:30 a.m. Encounter Service; the 10:45 a.m. Traditional Service; the 3 p.m. Family and Blessing of the Babies Service; the 5:30 p.m. services; and the 10:30 p.m. Traditional Service.
First Presbyterian Church, Christmas Eve Services
9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m - Combined Service.
4 p.m. - 5 p.m. - Family Service - Old Fellowship Hall.
5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. - Annual Lessons & Carols - Sanctuary.
11 p.m. - midnight - Candlelight Communion Service - Chapel.
First Baptist Church, Christmas Eve Services
In addition to regular morning services, others scheduled at First Baptist are:
4 p.m. - Contemporary Service (Sanctuary).
5:30 p.m. - Traditional Service (Sanctuary).
3:30 to 4 p.m., and 4:45 p.m. to 5:15 p.m. - Communion (Chapel).
Holy Trinity Lutheran Church (800 Broad Street), Christmas Eve Services
10 a.m. - A single morning service.
7:30 p.m. - Christmas Eve Service.
First Christian Church (106 East Charlemont Avenue), Christmas Eve Services
10:40 a.m. - Regular Service.
9 p.m. - Christmas Eve Service.
St. Paul’s Episcopal Church (161 East Ravine Road), Christmas Eve Services
9:30 a.m. - Holy Eucharist (one morning service only for the fourth Sunday of Advent).
4:30 p.m. - Festive Eucharist (with special music & choir).
10 p.m. - Holy Eucharist (traditional service with hymns only).
These are but a few of the many churches throughout the city and surrounding area. For a large listing of many others, check the Friday edition of the Kingsport Times News, which each week includes a two-page “Area Worship Directory.”