Portland News

December 17, 2017

Beginner Christmas Program

The Sunday morning service on December 17 began with a very special presentation from the youngest members of the Sunday school departments. This program was highly anticipated, since last year’s had to be cancelled due to ongoing poor weather conditions. The Beginners were arrayed on risers in lovely Christmas outfits at the front of the sanctuary, and many of their parents lined up in the first few rows of pews with their cameras and cell phones ready.

Evie Oilar opened the program by reciting, “Christmas is a giving time, that’s how it’s meant to be. For Christmas time is when God gave His Son to you and me!” Following this, several students spoke about different Christmas symbols and what they represent. Oliver Tonning brought a bell and announced, “I bring a bell for Christmas, to ring it loud and clear; Spreading happy tidings, that Christmas Day is here.” Ava Calhoun brought a star, like the star of Bethlehem; Miles Lesher had a wrapped gift, like the Wise Men brought to Jesus; Grace Hinkle brought a candle that “shines in darkness” like Jesus; Abel Temneanu brought a tree branch as a symbol of life divine; and Nadaline Mixer brought a song, saying “I bring a song of Christmas, as the Heavenly angels sang. When over Bethlehem’s manger, the song of triumph rang.”

Intermixed with these offerings, the whole group sang songs related to each item, such as “Jesus Loves Me,” “Go! Tell It on the Mountain,” “Away in a Manger,” and “This Little Light of Mine.” The songs all included fun hand motions, and the energetic performers added other types of commotion as they were inspired. They ended the program with a big “Merry Christmas!” and a well-deserved round of applause from the audience.

Watch the full service in the Media Center.

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Portland Beginners Christmas Program 2017