(Paris, TN) The Candlelight Advent Walk ushers in the Christmas season Wednesday evening, November 29th from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Worshipers will hear the message of Advent in beautifully decorated churches while proceeding by family friendly candlelight through the historic downtown area.
“This is a very unique way to usher in the Advent Season,” said First Baptist Church Minister, Dr. Trent Bullock, who chairs the 2017 Advent Walk Committee. “It’s a great opportunity to worship with other churches, enjoy their meaningful decorations of the season and stroll through our charming Victorian town square while visiting with our friends and neighbors.”
Participating downtown churches and the Downtown Paris Association sponsor the annual event. According to the DPA Executive Director, Kathy Ray, “This year we are focusing on The Gifts of Christmas…Hope, Peace, Joy, and Love.” Each of the stations will speak about a Gift of Christmas. With three stops during the walk, the Advent Walk program will conclude by 7:30 p.m.
The service begins at the Main Entrance of the Henry County Courthouse on Washington Street with family friendly candles provided by the Downtown Paris Association. Worshippers will be welcomed by Dr. Trent Bullock. Rev. Dorothy Hartzog of race Episcopal Church will speak about “The Gift of Hope”. Congregational music will be led by Rhonda Stanton. We will walk north on Poplar Street to the First Baptist Church to hear Rev. Joe Hansen of First United Methodist Church speak about “The Gift of Peace”. Congregational music will be led by Blair Chadwick. We will then proceed to the final destination of Quinn Chapel AME on Church Street and hear Rev. Carol Wade of First Presbyterian Church speak about “The Gift of Joy”. In conclusion, Dr. Trent Bullock of First Baptist Church will speak about “The Gift of Love”. Dr. John Dandridge will give the Benediction, Refreshments and fellowship will follow the service.
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The Downtown Paris Association promotes prosperous business activity and community involvement while encouraging preservation of the downtown area.