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The great ends of the church are the proclamation of the gospel for the salvation of humankind; the shelter, nurture, and spiritual fellowship of the children of God; the maintenance of divine worship; the preservation of the truth; the promotion of social righteousness; and the exhibition of the Kingdom of Heaven to the world.


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Christmas Eve Service at First Presbyterian Church

First Presbyterian Church in Covington will hold its traditional Christmas Eve Service of Lessons and Carols with Candle Lighting at 4:45 p.m. on Sunday, December 24.

Participating will be the Rev. Jim Slate, lay readers, the Chancel Choir, Hand Bell Choir, soloists and instrumentalists.

Soloists will be Susan Wood, alto; Miquel Petrosky, baritone; Joe Wilson, flute and Ronnie Linkenhoker, baritone and bassoon.  Sandra Minter, the church’s director of music, will be organist and pianist.

The Service of Lessons and Carols is adapted from the Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols that has been celebrated annually at King’s College, Cambridge, England, since 1918.  The birth of Jesus is told in short scripture readings from Genesis, the prophetic books and the Gospels, interspersed with the singing of Christmas carols and anthems.

The community is invited to attend.  First Presbyterian Church is located at 185 N. Maple Ave. in Covington.  The accessible entrance is on Locust St.  A nursery will be provided.