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Story by Susan Beach. Photos by Susan Brown and Mary Palmer.

When you say “Christmas,” members of Richmond’s First Baptist Church think of many things – hoping no one will drop a wreath during Hanging of the Green, humming along at the choir concerts, making gingerbread houses and eating the remnants, wondering who will be Baby Jesus in the Youth Christmas Pageant. We have much to enjoy and many opportunities to celebrate.

But wait; there is more – a lot more that we enjoy and celebrate outside FBC.

  • Women on Mission serve a holiday breakfast to the homeless at Oregon Hill Baptist Center and provide toys and clothes for the Christmas Store at South Richmond Baptist Center.
  • One Accord presents a concert at Bruton Parish in Williamsburg.
  • Staff wrap and deliver gifts to the teachers and students of Glen Lea Elementary and Anna Julia Cooper Episcopal schools.
  • A gift from former member Ralph Anderson provides a special Christmas breakfast to the homeless.
  • The church family gives holiday parties for international students, for residents of Essex Village, and for members of Grace Fellowship.
  • Members of women’s mission groups prepare Christmas food bags for the homeless in South Richmond.

And there’s still more. There’s all you do! Use the Comment box below to share what you do or what you’ve seen others do to take Christmas outside the doors of FBC and bring the celebration to Richmond.

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Photos by Bev Alexander, Win Grant, Lowrey Holthaus and Linda Moore.

Memories treasured,

Advent candle-lighting

Advent baptism

Advent worship

Advent worship

Advent worship

Hanging of the Green

Hanging of the Green

Hanging of the Green

Hanging of the Green

Hanging of the Green

Hanging of the Green

Hanging of the Green

Memories being made,

Gingerbread churches

Gingerbread churches

Gingerbread churches

FLO Christmas tea

FLO Christmas tea

FLO Christmas tea

God’s promise kept,

65th annual youth Christmas pageant

65th annual youth Christmas pageant

65th annual youth Christmas pageant

65th annual youth Christmas pageant

65th annual youth Christmas pageant

65th annual youth Christmas pageant

and God’s promise to come.

Christmas Eve

Christmas Eve

Christmas Eve

Christmas Eve

Christmas Eve

Christmas Eve

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