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By Jamie Williams/Special to The Hesperian-Beacon—
We would like to invite the community to join us for a Virtual Christmas Eve service at Carr’s Chapel at 6 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 24.
While we typically gather in person every year at our family’s quaint, one-room country church, the COVID-19 pandemic of 2020 has forced us to do things a little different this year.
So, the “Christmas Tree” at Carr’s Chapel Church in the Harmony Community will be virtual this year! This is the 115th year of our community coming together to celebrate Christmas Eve. And this will make only the third time in those 115 years when we haven’t celebrated Christmas Eve at Carr’s Chapel. The other years included 1918 because of the Flu Epidemic and 2009 because of an ice/snowstorm.
For those of you who don’t know the history of Carr’s Chapel Methodist Church, here’s a quick review.
Our ancestor, Rev. William Hardy Carr, was a Methodist circuit riding preacher. He started the Harmony Community Church in 1904. They had their first Christmas Tree in 1905 at the Harmony School. Carr’s Chapel was founded, and her doors first opened for Sunday Services in 1914.
The community and our families have kept the tradition alive all of these years, and we look forward to doing the same this year, even if from a distance! We usually center the celebration around performances from children and singing traditional Christmas hymns. We even hear that Santa may make a virtual appearance from the North Pole.
Please join us at www.facebook.com/groups/carrschapel/ for a LIVE, virtual gathering on Christmas Eve. If you or your children would like to participate with a pre-recorded or live performance/message, please reach out to the Facebook Group’s Administrators, Kimber Williams or Jamie Williams.
All are welcome! Merry Christmas! The Carr and Williams Families.