PHOTO GALLERY: Church Circle Christmas decorations and Christmas Eve services schedule

J. H. Osborne • Updated Dec 20, 2017 at 10:06 PM
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.”