Mount Olive College Presents A Candlelight Christmas Celebration

MOUNT OLIVE – On Tuesday, November 29, University of Mount Olive will celebrate the beginning of the Christmas season starting with a tree lighting ceremony on Kemp Commons at 5:30 PM.  Other activities will include carriage rides, ice skating, hot chocolate, crafts for the kids, a picture snow globe, and luminaries honoring or memorializing loved ones.

A Christ-centered service, patterned after the Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols, a traditional English evening service which began in Cambridge in 1918, will be held in the Lois K. Murphy Center at 7:00 PM.  It will include nine Scripture lessons that trace the history of salvation.  Each reading will be followed by a carol.  Music will be provided by the University of Mount Olive Music Department; The Mount Olive First Baptist Church Choir under the direction of  Beveryly Blackwelder; LaGrange Free Will Baptist Church Choir under the direction of Marian Kennedy; and the Sanctuary Choir and Sanctuary Bells from St. Paul united Methodist Church in Goldsboro under the direction of Alice Campbell.

The family-friendly event is free and open to the public.  For more information, contact Carla Williamson at 919-658-2502.

University of Mount Olive is a private institution rooted in the liberal arts tradition with defining Christian values. The College, sponsored by the Convention of Original Free Will Baptists, has locations in Mount Olive, New Bern, Wilmington, Goldsboro, Research Triangle Park, Washington and Jacksonville.  For more information, visit