Volunteers prepare the Singing Christmas Tree at the First Baptist Church Sanctuary.
The community is invited to experience the heavenly sounds of the season at the First Baptist Church’s annual Singing Christmas Tree concerts.
“This presentation of Christmas music is centered on the good news brought to the world through the birth of Jesus, and how we are to respond to that news,” said Dr. Royce Wilder, music minister of First Baptist Church. “The Singing Christmas Tree is a wonderful way to focus on the real meaning of the season.”
The concerts are scheduled for 5 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 10, and Sunday, Dec. 11, and 7 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 12.
This year’s 60-voice ensemble will feature the voices of the First Baptist Church adult choir, youth choir and children’s choir.
The event is a Corinth tradition going back three decades. The vocalists sing from positions on a 30-foot-tall Christmas tree decked out in lights, ribbons and a giant star on top in the First Baptist Church Sanctuary.
Choir member Mary Green said the program will feature a number of contemporary Christmas songs, including performances featuring the younger members of the choir.
The theme for the 2016 Singing Christmas Tree is “He Shall Reign Forevermore.” The program will feature a prelude with the Handbell Choir; “Gloria with Glory, Glory” with soloist Bonnie Crum; “He Shall Reign Forevermore” with soloist Eric Moore; “Joy! Medley,” “Asleep in the Hay,” “Grace, Grace,” with soloists Sara Chloe Cornelius, Brianna Wilder and Chad Dickerson, “Here with Us,” with soloist Taylor Robinson, “Glory All Around,” with soloist Taylor Robinson, “Shine On,” “Time of Commitment,” with Pastor Dennis Smith and “Hallelujah Chorus.”
The Singing Christmas Tree began as an outside event in the church courtyard, but eventually moved inside the sanctuary as it became more popular, explained Music Secretary Jackie Huskey. Huskey emphasized that the annual event is for everyone in the community and not just members of the church.
“For many people in the community is has become a regular part of the Christmas season,” Huskey said.
Green and a group of fellow church members were busy decorating the tree on Wednesday.
“We’ve always had a great turnout to help with the tree,” she said. “They put the tree up on Sunday — it takes all Sunday afternoon to get it up. Then it takes Monday and Tuesday to get the lights that have gone out replaced. Then today is the first day that we’ve worked.”
The Singing Christmas Tree performances are free and open to the public. No tickets are required. First Baptist Church is located at 501 Main Street.
(For more information call 286-2208.)