Some Ga. churches cancel Christmas Day services

Thursday, Dec. 22, 2011 1:41 PM
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ATLANTA -- This Sunday may be the first in a long while that Annette Bridges hasn’t attended church But as it does occasionally, Christmas Day falls on a Sunday and Bridges’ church, First Baptist of Atlanta, will hold its weekly church services on Saturday — Christmas Eve — instead of Sunday, a practice that is becoming more common here and across the country.

The reason, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports -- is so the church’s hundreds of volunteers and teachers can spend Christmas morning with their families, said Marcus Ryan, director of communications at First Baptist Church of Atlanta.

Although there’s no way to estimate the number the churches that have canceled Christmas Day services this year, First Baptist of Atlanta, North Metro Church in Marietta and the North Point Community Church in Alpharetta are among local congregations scheduled to hold Christmas Eve services only.

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burninater
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burninater 12/22/11 - 03:48 pm
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It's a war on Christmas! O

It's a war on Christmas! O wait ...

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 12/22/11 - 04:15 pm
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Somehow, the rationalization

Somehow, the rationalization that the cancellation is so that church volunteers can spend time at home with their families does not ring true.

Canceled due to lack of interest?

FalseHopeLooseChange
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FalseHopeLooseChange 12/22/11 - 06:22 pm
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'WWAD' - What would Allah do?

'WWAD' - What would Allah do?

Willow Bailey
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Willow Bailey 12/22/11 - 06:43 pm
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It's very thoughtful of

It's very thoughtful of this pastor to give those who lead and serve an opportunity to just REST in Christ on this Christmas day.

AutumnLeaves
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AutumnLeaves 12/22/11 - 08:36 pm
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Don't Christians ALWAYS go to

Don't Christians ALWAYS go to church on Christmas Day, whether it's a weekday or a Sunday? It's Jesus birthday, so why in the world would we not want to go to church on His Birthday? Gee. Everything seems to be going backwards and inside out.

scoopdedoop64
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scoopdedoop64 12/22/11 - 09:44 pm
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I don't criticize those

I don't criticize those churches who wish to cancel their services so they can rest, spend time with family or whatever. Who am I to judge their conscience? All I can say is that there is no place I would rather be than in God's house on His birthday. Maybe a better question would be why don't we always have a service on Christmas no matter what day it falls on? Either way I wish everyone a Merry Christmas. A special Merry Christmas goes out to InChrist'sLove, soldout, willow bailey, and all the other bold witnesses for Christ!

Cynical old woman
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Cynical old woman 12/22/11 - 10:09 pm
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Merry Christmas is the lesson

Merry Christmas is the lesson here.

Willow Bailey
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Willow Bailey 12/22/11 - 11:06 pm
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Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas scoopdedoop64. Coming to lunch?

scoopdedoop64
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scoopdedoop64 12/23/11 - 06:22 am
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@willowbailey...what

@willowbailey...what lunch?...email me at skillymcnilley@yahoo.com

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bailmeout4 12/23/11 - 09:27 am
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FalseHope....3 posts till

FalseHope....3 posts till someone posted something about Muslims..this article has no relation at all. Go spew your garbage somewhere else.

toldyaso
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toldyaso 12/23/11 - 10:35 am
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How "inconvenient" Christmas

How "inconvenient" Christmas has become to some Christians. Praise God, Christ is born!

follower
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follower 12/23/11 - 10:48 am
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I'm pretty sure that it's a

I'm pretty sure that it's a case of where your heart is, rather than your physical presence.

Willow Bailey
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Willow Bailey 12/23/11 - 11:29 am
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Amen follower and Merry

Amen follower and Merry Christmas

my.voice
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my.voice 12/24/11 - 12:12 am
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Sorry to let everyone down,

Sorry to let everyone down, but Christ wasn't born in December.

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