UMO to Celebrate Season with Christmas by Candlelight Services

UMO to Celebrate Season with Christmas by Candlelight Services

MOUNT OLIVE- The University of Mount Olive (UMO) will host three Christmas by Candlelight services. The services will be held on Friday, November 30 at 7:30 PM and Saturday, December 1 at 2:30 and 6:30 PM at First Baptist Church in Mount Olive located at 300 North Chestnut Street


“Christmas by Candlelight is a gift that the University offers to the community as a means of giving back,” said Campus Chaplain Carla Williamson.  “Many families have added this event as a tradition to begin their Christmas season.  It is a great way to celebrate the Advent season.”


Guests will enjoy a Christ-centered service patterned after the Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols, a traditional English service that began in Cambridge in 1918. The service will include Scripture lessons tracing salvation history, and each reading will be followed by a carol. Music will be provided by the UMO Music Department and other local choirs.


The event is free, but tickets are required. To get advance tickets or for more information, contact Melba Ingram at (919) 299-4582 or at


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, in Smithfield at Johnston Community College, and online.  For more information, visit