Local church set to hold Christmas Eve service
One holiday tradition COVID-19 has really shaken up is Christmas Eve church services.
While in-person church services have never been shut down by Mississippi’s governor, dozens of churches opted to hold services virtually as a precaution.
Gulfport’s First United Methodist Church, located on 15th Street, is one of those churches.
However, Senior Pastor Claire Dobbs says it felt important to share the reason for the season in church.
The decision was made for the congregation to reconvene for two Christmas Eve services at a reduced capacity. “The birth story reminds us that even in the worst of times, the light of Christ comes. We just felt like as important as people’s health is, spiritual health, mental health is important. Our COVID recovery team felt like coming together because our protocols are safe. We felt like it is important on Christmas Eve to meet the need of the community.”
Visit your church’s website for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day mass times this week.