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Local church modifies Sunday service for Christmas

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) -

Some area churches pushed back service times an hour or two to accommodate Christmas morning traditions. However, one local church decided to have service early rather than later.

While some families lounged around after opening presents, many filled the pews of area churches for worship services on Sunday.

"[It's a] great time to spend time with family and friends just to gather around to celebrate," said Symone Cohen a member of the praise team.   

With Christmas falling on a Sunday this year, many churches have changed morning services pushing them back an hour or two. However, at Rose Hill Memorial Baptist Church services started earlier.

 Pastor Alonza Whitaker says, "This is the best way to celebrate and pay homage by coming out on the day set aside and praising and worshiping him and letting everybody know that there's another side to Christmas."

 Church goers weren't celebrating the commercial side of Christmas: the gifts, the decorations, and food, but they were celebrating what pastor Whitaker calls the other story of Christmas.

 "Christmas is all about Jesus birthday how he came in to our lives and died for us", said ten year old church member Chae Brown.

 When asked why she came to church on Christmas day, Navia Reid said, "I came to church for Jesus birthday because it's important to me."

 Aside from regular service, Rose Hill Memorial Baptist Church also had a Christmas program including the spoken word, speeches, and dancing. Church goers clapped and cheered on the young dancers and actors.  Praise dancer captain Symone Cohen said this is how she likes to give thanks.

 It's a great inspiration to me, to lead the girls in dance and praise the lord", said Symone Cohen

 All the kids attending service today received bags of fruit and candy. Church members said this was one of the best Christmas programs yet and they expect it to get bigger and bigger every year.

To contact Rose Hill Memorial Baptist Church or for more nformation about service times and the praise dance team just go to their Facebook page. 

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