UMO Prepares Christmas Service As A Gift To The Community

UMO Prepares Christmas Service as a Gift to the Community

MOUNT OLIVE – The University of Mount Olive will host the sixth annual Christmas by Candlelight on December 6th.   There will be two Christ-centered services with the first beginning at 2:30 PM and the second at 6:30 PM in the Mount Olive Assembly Hall located at 207 Wooten Street.

The services will be patterned after the Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols, a traditional English evening service which began in Cambridge in 1918, and will include Scripture lessons and tracing salvation history. Each reading will be followed by a carol. Music for the service will be provided by the University of Mount Olive Music Department and other local choirs including the Mount Olive Middle School Choir and the Mount Olive First Pentecostal Holiness Church.

Coordinator of the event the Reverend Carla Williamson, campus chaplain, said, “Christmas by Candlelight is a great way to recognize the Advent season. As we prepare for the service we are reminded of our Christian values which serve as the very foundation of our University. We are also reminded that at the foundation of our Christian beliefs is the birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ. With all of that in mind and with the wonderful history of working together with our community, we prepare this evening as a gift to the community, a way that the University of Mount Olive can give back to those who mean so much to us.”

Both services are free and open to the public, but general admission tickets are required due to limited seating.  Williamson also noted that luminaries are available for purchase in honor and in memory of loved ones.  Funds collected will go towards the Coats for Kids project in Mount Olive. To purchase a luminary, contact Williamson at To obtain FREE general admission tickets, contact Melba Ingram at or call 919-299-4582. *TICKETS ARE SOLD OUT*

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