Old Savannah Baptist Church’s Live Nativity, titled “The Way In A Manger,” will be at 138 Sutton Branch Road, Sylva, across from Country Road Farms, on Friday and Saturday. Gates open at 7 p.m. and close at 8:30 p.m. There is no cost.
Sylva First Methodist will present the annual Christmas Cantata at 5:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 16, in the church sanctuary. The choir will present “Night of Miracles,” a Christmas Cantata by John W. Peterson. The story will be narrated by Jeff Goss, and Tommy Ginn is the director of the chancel choir. Actors from the church will portray the Nativity scene. The Sylva Bells, a community hand-bell choir, under the direction of Lorie Meservey, will play holiday selections prior to the concert. Following the cantata, heavy hors d’oeuvres will be served in the church’s Christian Life Center. Various instrumental groups will present Christmas music at this time. For more information, call the church office, at 586-2358.
Sugar Creek Baptist will hold a special singing at 6 p.m. Sunday, featuring Turning Home.
East Sylva Baptist will present two Christmas programs on Sunday, Dec. 16. The adult choir will present “Good News From Home” during the 11 a.m. worship service. The choir is directed by Jan McMahan. The children will present their musical and play “Crazy, Busy, Peaceful, Holy Night” at 6 p.m. Reed Benson serves as pastor of East Sylva Baptist Church, which is located in the Dillardtown community.
Sylva First Baptist will sing Christmas music during the 10:30 a.m. worship service Sunday. Selections will include accompaniment by Lorie Meservey, piano and organ; Sabrina Kumar, flute; Jamie Davis, guitar; and Dean Kool and Levi Marenda, percussionists. Diana Fisher will sing “I Wonder as I Wander” with dulcimer accompaniment, and Rebecca Mathis and Bob Holquist will sing “The Wondrous Story.” The choir will sing, “Awake, Shepherds, Awake!” and “What if the Manger Were Empty,” among others. The church is located at 669 W. Main St.