Christmas concert planned for December 7 at 6 p.m.

SOUTHBRIDGE — First United Methodist Church (FUMC) is celebrating the spirit of the season with open doors and open arms.

Coming off the heels of a collaborative Thanksgiving celebration, FUMC will soon be hosting a Christmas concert.

FUMC will host a free community concert at 6 p.m. on December 7 in the church sanctuary at 449 Main Street in Southbridge. In a press release, Pastor Sabina Terrades said the church “is pleased to invite young and old to celebrate the rich and joyous sounds of the season.” The Christmas concert will be led by a praise band known as “Hunt for Christ.” The program will feature sing-along favorites including classics like “Silent Night,” “Joy to the World,” and “Mary Did You Know,” as well as more secular favorites like “Jingle Bells,” “Feliz Navidad,” and more.

“The concert is free and open to all as a wonderful way to celebrate the magic of Christmas as a community. Refreshments will be served after the concert,” Pastor Sabina said. “There will be a love offering taken during the event, which will go to the church’s homeless/needy ministry.”

The homeless/needy ministry began in the spring by hosting free meals on Mondays and Fridays at 5 p.m., giving away clothing, blankets, and hygiene products to help those in need.

“We are all incredibly grateful for the ability to help individuals and families in need,” said Pastor Sabina. “Bringing smiles on the faces of people who go through difficulties such as homelessness, unemployment, addictions, loneliness and limited income is a gift like none other.”

FUMC was among the numerous area churches that came together to celebrate Thanksgiving with an ecumenical service at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church on November 26. The service featured Pastor Sabina, Rev. Richard Signore from Holy Trinity Episcopal Church in Southbridge, Rev. Kathryn Light and Rev. John Shaw from Elm Street Congregational UCC in Southbridge, Rev. Janet Peck from New Hope Church of Christ in Sturbridge, Rev. Dan Purtell of Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Sturbridge, and Friar John Frank from St. Anne’s St. Patrick’s Parish in Fiskdale. The ecumenical service included music and prayer, followed by refreshments. A collection for St. Luke’s Guesthouse in Southbridge was taken during the service.

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