Centenary joins local churches to present “UMC Christmas in the SBC”

SHREVEPORT, LA — Centenary College is joining four Shreveport-Bossier City United Methodist churches to produce a safe and festive Christmas gift for the community in December 2020. “UMC Christmas in the SBC,” a collaborative virtual Christmas concert, will be streamed online on Tuesday, December 15, at 7:00 p.m. from gracehappens.org, the website of Grace Community United Methodist Church in Shreveport.

Participants include singers and bands from Asbury United Methodist, Broadmoor United Methodist, Centenary College, First United Methodist of Shreveport, and Grace Community.

“The idea was to find a safe way to offer a Christmas concert to the Shreveport-Bossier City community in lieu of traditional in-person Christmas events,” explained Dr. Cory Wikan, acting dean of Centenary’s Hurley School of Music and director of Centenary’s Camerata choral ensemble. “It is our hope that folks throughout the area, not just members of these churches, will put on their favorite Christmas jammies, light a fire (real or virtual), brew a cup of hot chocolate, gather with their loved ones, and enjoy some joyous Christmas music for safe, stress-free musical connection and worship as we near the celebration of Christ's birth.”

The concert program features both traditional and contemporary selections, including Joy to the World, Silent Night, I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day, A Merry Carol of the Bells, and Born a Mighty King.

Rev. Cynthia Fierro Harvey, bishop of the Louisiana Conference of the United Methodist Church, will offer an opening message and Rev. Dr. Wybra J. Price, II, district superintendent of the Monroe and Shreveport Districts, will deliver the benediction.

Visit the UMC Christmas in the SBC Facebook event for more details.


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