Baptist church to perform elaborate holiday program

By Messenger Staff | Published Saturday, December 1, 2018
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First Baptist Church of Decatur is performing the first-ever and one-of-a-kind presentation – “The Gift of Christmas” – next weekend. The production includes 50 singers, a children’s choir, costumes, pageantry, a living Christmas tree, popular traditional Christmas music, and several sacred songs.

The show is at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 8 and Dec. 9. Free tickets can be picked up at the church office, 1200 Preskitt Road. Groups are encouraged to call the church at 940-627-3235 to reserve seats.

“We’ve sent a few hundred invitations to area churches and groups,” said Tom Smith, FBC’s pastor of music and worship. “We’re hoping groups from all over the North Central Texas area will come. We would love to see this become a new regional Christmas tradition.”

Smith joined the church staff several months ago, and he and wife Tiffany and their three children have quickly become features in Decatur’s music scene.

Smith’s broad musical background includes a variety of music styles including bluegrass. He has played and sung with Copper Canyon Bluegrass Gospel Band, a popular Lewisville-based group for the past several years, and he and his wife have hosted an acoustic music jam on the Decatur Square in which all musicians are invited to sit down and make music.

Smith said many FBC members have been involved in planning, promoting and perfecting “The Gift of Christmas.”

“The living Christmas tree will be a very important part of our music,” he said. “For several hundred years, people have been singing around Christmas trees. Our choir members will actually be standing inside this 30-foot structure. It’s a steel structure shaped like a Christmas tree and is outfitted with multicolored lights that are synchronized with the music.

“When you put the lights, the tree, the singers, and the pageantry together, the real Christmas message comes through in a big way,” Smith said. “It is truly a churchwide project, uniting all ages and backgrounds in a very special experience of worship, celebration, fellowship and ministry. We’re hoping everyone feels welcome and accepts our gift of Christmas!”

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