A traditional Christmas dinner will be served from noon to 2 p.m. on Christmas Day at the First United Methodist Church of Elkin. Everyone is invited to attend this free meal sponsored by the Mission Team and facilitated by members of the congregation who purchase turkeys and pies that will be cooked and brought to the church early in preparation for the meal the following day.
In addition to turkey and pumpkin pie, stuffing, green beans, mashed potatoes and “all the trimmings” will be served, stated Pastor Mark Barden.
“It’s open to anyone in the community who may not have a family gathering or anywhere to go for Christmas,” said Barden. “It’s an outreach ministry to bring some Christmas cheer into the lives of those who may not have it on that particular day. There are all kinds of circumstances which prevent families from getting together and there may be people who are alone and who would just like to be with other people and share a Christmas meal together.”
Last year was the first year the church held dinner on Christmas Day with about 40 people attending. “It was just a wonderful experience as we began to meet and talk with and get to know various people,” said Barden. “Those who were served the meal appreciated it. Our congregation members who took part in the project were just blessed to get to know some people they wouldn’t normally see in their run of the mill everyday life. It was a really great feel that day.”
Because Christmas falls on Sunday, more people are expected to attend this year. “There will be some people at church who won’t have a place to go,” speculated Barden. “We have a group that comes over from Chatham Woods on Wednesday night (for dinner) and we love having them and they love coming. They have become a part of our family.”
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