Candlelight, carols and canned goods will fill the Lenox Village town center on Sunday, Dec. 18 at 5 p.m., as The Village Church invites the community to celebrate the holiday season at its Coffee, Candles and Carols event.
A service of Christmas carols will be sung by candlelight, and free coffee, hot chocolate and an opportunity to connect with neighbors will provide a memorable family experience. The gathering will take place at the pavilion located at the corner of Lenox Village Drive and Althrop Way in south Nashville.
During the event, prepackaged snacks, cereals, canned veggies and canned soups will be collected to support the Shayne Elementary Backpack Food Program. The donations will be sent home with children each weekend throughout the spring semester to ensure they will not go hungry.
“Coffee, Candles and Carols is our way to celebrate the joy of this season with our neighbors and to come together to love and serve the people who live around us,” said Travis Garner, lead pastor at The Village.
“We want to be a church that makes a noticeable difference in the lives of the people around us, and so we try to do everything we can to serve the needs of kids and families in our community. We’re excited to have a night to come together during this busy holiday season to sing some familiar songs with our neighbors while addressing the needs of kids and families in our area.”
The morning of Dec. 18, the church will meet at Sunset Middle School, located at 200 Sunset Trail in Nolensville, at 9:30 a.m. for a brief time of worship followed by an all-ages service activity: packing food boxes for 100 families who will be experiencing a food gap over the winter break. This effort is the second in a series of SENT Sunday ministries, which bring together regular church attendees and the community to complete acts of love and compassion in lieu of typical weekly worship.
The Village Church is also planning three Christmas Eve worship services on Saturday, Dec. 24, at 2 p.m., 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. at Sunset Middle School. All are welcome to participate in these celebrations of communion and community.
In addition, this Sunday morning, Dec. 11, the church will gather for its regular worship activities at 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. at Sunset Middle School. The focus is on the Advent theme “Regifted,” in preparation for Christmas and the birth of Jesus.