Saturday December 22, 2012

BRATTLEBORO -- Agape Christian Fellowship invites everyone to join them for their annual "White Gift Service" on Sunday, Dec. 23, beginning at 7 p.m. This is a public service celebrating the gift of Jesus, the Son of God as our Savior.

The simple service will feature the telling of the traditional Christmas story accompanied by a living Nativity, made up children and adults, and the singing of the songs of Christmas. The church’s worship band has assembled a marvelous arrangement of traditional Christmas songs which they will lead the congregation in singing as the story is told and the nativity takes form.

This year, the story will be narrated by Yosef, an old shepherd who was in the fields that night so long ago, as he recounts the wonder of that night to the younger shepherds who have only heard the stories about the birth of the baby Jesus. Keeping close to the Biblical narrative the accounts will be presented as an "oral story," a method being utilized by many modern missionaries are using among primitive people who communicate by oral stories. The church supports workers among the BAKA people in Cameroon, West Africa and the team has been working for years to present the biblical accounts as stories which can be easily understood and shared by oral cultures.

The White Gift Service is a 25-year tradition at Agape as each year the church gathers to present their own gifts to the Savior. Each person will be given a small card upon which they write out their "Gift" to God and lay it before the manger at the conclusion of the service. All are welcome to join the Agape Fellowship.