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Christmas Worship, Christmas Pageant and Concert at Willow Grove Church

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In the season of Advent when Christians prepare their hearts and homes for Christmas, Willow Grove Presbyterian Church invites the community to worship and concerts during the month of December. On Sunday, December 15 at 10:00 am, all are welcome to enjoy Music Sunday and an intergenerational Christmas Pageant.  The choir, under the direction of Paul DiDario, will sing "Bethlehem Boy" and other special Christmas pieces.  Mr. DiDario, a graduate of the Julliard School of Music and Music Director of Willow Grove Church, will play an arrangement of "Carol of the Bells" by George Winston. 

All children, youth and adults of all ages are invited to help tell the story of Jesus' birth using music, props and costumes as the narrators read.   The ancient story will come to life as participants act out the story and sing Christmas carols.   The Children's Choir will sing "Go Tell It on the Mountain."  After worship, refreshments will be served.

Music Sunday continues in the afternoon with a special Celtic Harp Christmas Concert at 3:00 pm.  Preceding the concert, children and families are invited to a Meet the Instruments at 2:30 pm. Both events are free of charge.

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The Christmas Eve service of Lessons and Carols will be held on December 24 at 7:30 pm.  All are invited to this special service of readings, prayers and candlelight.

Willow Grove Presbyterian Church (PCUSA) is located in Scotch Plains at 1961 Raritan Road, across the street from the Scotch Plains Southside Firehouse and Southside Soccer Field, and near the corner of South Martine Avenue. All our facilities are handicap-accessible.  Check our website for other ministries.  www.willowgrovechurch.org or call the church (908)232-5678. 

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