Church choirs bring Christmas message to Eastbrook Mall

By Melanie Savage - Staff Writer
Region - posted Mon., Dec. 16, 2013
Members of the United Baptist Church and the Westford Congregational Church perform 'Bethlehem Morning' at the Eastbrook Mall on Dec. 14. Photos by Melanie Savage.
Members of the United Baptist Church and the Westford Congregational Church perform 'Bethlehem Morning' at the Eastbrook Mall on Dec. 14. Photos by Melanie Savage.

A group of onlookers gathered in front of the former J.C. Penney at the Eastbrook Mall, a storefront recently converted into a winter wonderland complete with poinsettias, Santa on his throne, and reindeer sentries. Drawing their attention on Dec. 14 was a group of people dressed in holiday garb - black skirts and slacks, red scarves, and festive red and green sweaters. At one end of the group was a small instrumental ensemble, consisting of a keyboard player, a flutist and a violinist.

The event was the annual Christmas concert, performed jointly by members of the United Baptist Church and Westford Congregational Church choirs. This year’s presentation was entitled “Bethlehem Morning.”

“We think the Christmas message of Jesus is worth celebrating,” said Patrick McCue, pastor of the United Baptist Church. Both churches are based in Ashford. “We try to work together as much as possible,” said McCue, noting that the congregations collaborate for vacation Bible school, concerts and other events. This was their fourth year presenting a Christmas program at the mall. “It’s a different show every year,” said McCue.

The choirs will be repeating their performance of “Bethlehem Morning” twice during the upcoming weekend. On Saturday, Dec. 21, at 7 p.m., the approximately 45-minute show will be performed at United Baptist Church at 38 Pompey Hollow Road in Ashford. The performance will be repeated at the church on Sunday, Dec. 22, at 6 p.m. Performances are free. For more information, go to www.ashfordchurch.org.


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