First Christmas Play and Party Held in New Building

The first Children’s Christmas Play was presented in the new sanctuary the fourth Sunday of Advent, Dec. 20, followed by a party in the fellowship hall, the highlight of which was an appearance by Santa Claus.

The children put on an enjoyable performance, their innocence a perfect reminder of the innocence of the Christ child. Following, everyone had refreshments in the fellowship hall while merry ole Santa Claus passed out presents and spread cheer. It was a wonderful lead-up to our celebration of the birth of Christ.

This was the setting for the children’s play…

which had animals…

and angels.

Play photos by Emily Harper

Then everyone had punch and cookies and looked on…

As the jolly old elf passed out presents.

Party photos by Carol Horne

Please Help with our Outreach Projects

Bethany is helping two families this Christmas, and Outreach needs your monetary donations. We only have three weeks to finish the project in time for a few days to spare at Christmas to get the last-minute thing for our two families. Please help our outreach efforts any way you can! Pick up a tag at church Sunday, or send a donation to the church office, PO Box 156, Arapahoe, NC 28510.

As another part of our outreach program, Bethany church family members are helping the Salvation Army by ringing the bells for donations at the Grantsboro Piggly Wiggly on Saturday, Dec. 12, but we need volunteers for the following shifts:

3 pm to 4 pm
4 pm to 5 pm
5 pm to 6 pm

Please volunteer by calling Terry Cannan, 249-2422, or emailing her at