Local churches have planned numerous events during December to celebrate the Christmas season.
Destin United Methodist Church
Haley Morgan Smith will sing and lead worship at the Xalt and Cafe Service at 9 and 10:45 a.m. Dec. 9. She will be in concert at 6:30 p.m. in the Dock Room at the Destin Life Center.
The Sanctuary Choir, Alleluia Orchestra and New River Quartet will present “And On Earth ... Peace,“ a contemporary musical celebrating the coming of the Christ child, at 9 and 11 a.m. services Dec. 16 in the Destin Life Center.
Rachael Hayes will share stories of India and her ministry with Rahab’s Rope on Dec. 23. This ministry has existed for the sake of preventing exploitation, rescuing those in bondage, and providing aftercare for those affected by the confines of the sex slave trade exclusively in India since 2004.
Immanuel Anglican Church
The Greatest Gift Camp will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 15 for ages third through fifth grades to celebrate Jesus’ birthday. Download registration form at iacdestin.org under ministries/children tab.
Noah’s Ark last day of school and Christmas party will be from 6-10 p.m. Dec. 18 and the YAIA (Youth) Christmas party will be held from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Dec. 19.
Destiny Worship Center
The campus at Destiny Worship Center is decorated in the children’s area like Whoville and the Fireside Café is now a winter wonderland.
Every Sunday in December has a special treat between services — Sinfonia, carolers, Grinch and Cindy Lou Who will be in the Whoville area.
Shoreline’s Misfit Christmas
Shoreline Church at the Rave presents a two-part sermon, “Misfit Christmas,” on Dec. 16 and 23.
The church is partnering with two organizations that help people who are sometimes considered misfits get back on their feet — Children in Crisis and Sober by the Sea.
Children in Crisis provides emergency shelter and foster homes for the abused, neglected and abandoned children of Northwest Florida.
Sober by the Sea is filling a need for a Christ-based recovery center in Northwest Florida, providing addiction recovery services for men and women, human trafficking recovery for women, and homeless outreach.
On Sunday, Dec. 16, bring Walmart or Target gift cards in any denomination (no toys or clothes) to Shoreline for Children in Crisis or give a special monetary gift to help Sober by the Sea purchase their facility in Walton County.
Safe Harbor Presbyterian Church
Safe Harbor will have a Christmas Cantata during its 10:30 a.m. worship on Dec. 16.