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Young Harris College to Celebrate Christmas Season with Service of Lessons and Carols
YOUNG HARRIS, Ga. – Young Harris College’s Office of Religious Life will host a traditional Service of Lessons and Carols to welcome the Advent and Christmas seasons on Sunday, Dec. 8, at 7 p.m. in the Susan B. Harris Chapel on the YHC campus.
Started more than 100 years ago in Cornwall, England, and famously celebrated at King’s College, Cambridge since 1928, the Service of Lessons and Carols marks the birth of Christ through the telling of the human story and God’s promise of the Messiah. This story is told through nine scripture readings, interspersed with the singing of carols and hymns.
“Since my arrival at YHC, I have wanted to introduce this historic service to our campus,” said Dean of the Chapel and Minister to the College Rev. Dr. Tim Moore. “There is a long tradition of holding this service on college campuses. It is celebratory, reflective, nostalgic, worshipful and meaningful, generating a rich and substantive pause during a hectic time of year. The intricacies of the service create a wonderful opportunity to integrate participants from across campus and the larger community.”
Many organizations will come together to participate in the service’s inaugural year, including choirs from Sharp Memorial United Methodist Church in Young Harris, Ga., the YHC Department of Music and the student-led Generation X Gospel Choir.
Members of the YHC community will read lessons from scripture, accompanied by readers from the larger community, including Young Harris Mayor Andrea Gibby, Towns County Sole Commissioner Bill Kendall, Rev. Chris Rumfelt of First Free Will Baptist Church in Hayesville, N.C., and Rev. David Tinsley of Sharp Memorial United Methodist Church.
Following the service, hot chocolate will be served and a special tree lighting ceremony will take place outside the chapel.
For more information, call the YHC Office of Religious Life at (706) 379-5166.
About Young Harris College
Young Harris College is a private, baccalaureate degree-granting college located in the beautiful mountains of north Georgia. Founded in 1886 and historically affiliated with The United Methodist Church, Young Harris College educates, inspires and empowers students through the highest quality liberal arts education. The College currently has more than 1,100 students across five divisions—Education, Fine Arts, Humanities, Mathematics and Science, and Social and Behavioral Sciences. The historic campus in Young Harris, Ga., is currently undergoing major campus improvements to accommodate the College’s growth, including recent completion of a 226-bed residence hall that is expected to earn LEED certification, a 248-bed, apartment-style residential village and a 57,000-square-foot, LEED-certified recreation center. In 2011, the College was granted candidacy for NCAA Division II athletics, and in 2012, was invited to become the 14th member of the Peach Belt Conference. YHC is among fewer than 300 colleges and universities nationwide named to the 2013-2014 list of Colleges of Distinction. For more information, visit yhc.edu.