Gallup (BNM) — Just prior to a major snowstorm that hit the city of Gallup, First Baptist Church held their annual Christmas Eve service, during which they experienced a standing-room only attendance. Filling the sanctuary decked with Christmas decorations, 250 church members, family and friends and those attending from the community gathered to worship the birth of the Savior the night before Christmas. When asked to what it could attribute the large crowd this year, the church said that it simply advertised in ways it had never done before.
The program that night consisted of Christmas music performed by the music ministry of the church, including a couple of solos and a “Christmas Celebration” presented by the adult choir. The congregation also joined in singing well-known Christmas carols.
During the service, the church’s pastor, Jay McCollum, brought a Christmas message, as well.
Several days earlier, the church hosted a live nativity, including live actors and animals. It was a family event that the church offered as a gift to its community.
To prepare hearts for Christmas, the church also held a special service of singing Christmas hymns on Sunday, Dec. 16.