Faith & Spirituality Briefs

December 6, 2017

Conley's UMC to present Hansen's "Christmas Play" Dec. 15-17

Conley's United Methodist Church in Angola will present "Christmas Play" by Gary Neal Hansen. This drama will use the very words of scripture to irresistibly draw the audience and participants into the dramatic sweep of the story of God entering into this world as the Christ child. Performance times are 6:30 p.m., Friday, Dec. 15; 4 p.m., Saturday Dec. 16; and 3 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 17. After presenting the outdoor living nativity for the last 16 years, Conley’s will produce the play indoors this year in the warm and spacious worship center. Admission is free, and there will be ample free parking. All donations of cash and canned goods go to local charities. The church makes no money on this event. The church address is 33106 Jolyns Way off Camp Arrowhead Road, a half-mile from Peddlers Village shopping center on Route 24. Signs will direct visitors to the parking area. For more information, call 302-945-1881 or go to

Prayer tent available at Villages of Five Points Dec. 16

Holy Spirit Anglican Church of Lewes will sponsor its monthly prayer tent from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 16, at Villages of Five Points Shopping Center in Lewes. Prayer warriors will be available to lift people’s cares and concerns to Jesus, the great physician and healer. For more information, call 302-251-8141 or go to

Live musical performance and nativity set at Trinity Faith Christian Center Dec. 17

The entire community is invited to attend a live stage performance of “The Christmas Buffet,” a musical celebration and production of The Nativity at 3 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 17, at the Heritage Center at Trinity Faith Christian Center, 15516 New Road, Lewes. This is a come-as-you-are, free holiday event with something for everyone, seniors and children, young and old, just in time for the holidays. For more information, call 302-645-5446 or 302-752-8112.

Harp ensemble to perform Christmas concert Dec. 17

A unique musical performance will be presented at  6 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 17, at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Rehoboth Beach. Both sacred and secular Christmas music will be performed by the Expressions of Joy Harp Ensemble. They will perform in a variety of styles including solos, duets and full ensemble. The ensemble began when three students of Joy Slavens decided it would be fun to play together. By Christmas 2014 they had grown to a group of nine. A freewill offering will be taken at the event. Light refreshments will follow in the downstairs social hall. Friends, visitors, and the public are all invited to this very special program planned by new Music Director Sally Waugamon. Westminster Presbyterian is at 301 King Charles Ave., Rehoboth Beach, at the corner of Laurel Street.

Society of St. Vincent dePaul accepting donations 

The Society of St. Vincent dePaul is accepting donations to assist community members in need.  During the holidays, the society will be focused on helping community members meet  basic needs such as heating oil, food, rent, electricity, prayer, medications, and bus tickets and gasoline to enable parents to get to work. Seaford's Our Lady of Lourdes conference of the SVdP serves all the towns and unincorporated areas of western Sussex County, as well as Hurlock and Federalsburg, Md. 

"Toys are fun to wrap and give, but if your parents can't keep the house warm or provide nourishing food, or even put gas in the car to get back and forth to work, it's going to be pretty stressful at home this winter," said Lynne Betts, an active Vincentian with the Our Lady of Lourdes SVdP conference in Seaford. Local President Patrice Hughes said "We visit those in need in their homes. When appropriate, and as funds allow, we make payments directly to utility companies, landlords, whatever the case is."

Financial gifts can be mailed to: SVdP, P.O. Box 719, Seaford, DE 19973. Make checks payable to the Society of St. Vincent dePaul, OLL. For more information, contact Lynne Betts at at 302-265-5602.

Compassionate Friends support group meets second Thursdays

The Compassionate Friends is a self-help group offering friendship and understanding to bereaved parents, siblings and grandparents. Monthly meetings are held at 7 p.m., the second Thursday of the month at Epworth Methodist Church in Rehoboth. For more information, contact Marge LaFond at 302-930-3344.