‘Churchless,’ Rolling Hills plans outdoor Community Christmas service Dec. 24

Rolling Hills Baptist Church will celebrate Christmas with a special “Christmas by Candlelight” event on Friday, Dec. 24 , from 6 - 6:30 p.m. at the Fayetteville Town Square.

The event will include singing Christmas carols at the Gazebo, reading the Christmas story, and singing Silent Night by candlelight. The event is open to the public.

“Our real motive here is to offer something to a community of people who sense there is something more to the holiday than what they’ve experienced previously” says Frank Mercer, senior pastor at Rolling Hills. “There are many who might feel cynical about attending a church service or hypocritical about attending only on Christmas Eve. This is a simple gathering for friends and neighbors who are looking for the hope, joy and love that Christmas promises.”

In March of this year Rolling Hills sold its building and property to devote more resources to missions.

“We tried for years to persuade people to come to us, with limited success” said Mercer. “So we decided to abandon that strategy, sell the church property and go to the people instead. After all, that’s what Jesus did.”

Rolling Hills now worships on Sunday mornings at 9:45 am at the Cinemark Tinseltown 17 Movie Theater in the Fayetteville Pavilion.

For more information on Rolling Hills, visit the website at http://WheresTheSteeple.org.

For information on more Christmas Eve events at local churches, see page C1.