With Christmas almost here, area churches have some wonderful holiday events in store. The First Baptist Church, 1690 Crofton Parkway, will conduct its annual Christmas Eve family service at 8 p.m. Tuesday,Dec. 24.
Everyone is invited to attend.
The service will be preceded by a living Nativity scene that willbegin at 6 p.m. The nativity scene also will be on display Sunday and Monday. On Sunday, the nativity scene will be followed by caroling at 7 p.m.
This year's Christmas cantata at the United Methodist Church promises to be the best one yet, featuring the Chancel Choir with "O Holy Night."
The live performances will take place at 7 p.m. Saturday and at the 11 a.m. service Sunday.
Santa has been spottedin Crofton in some of the strangest places last few days. On Saturday, he made a stop at The Arundel Volunteer Fire Department to have lunch with everyone there.
The fire department is also sponsoring a raffle for a train set that will be delivered to the winner by jolly old Saint Nick himself on Dec. 23. You may enter the raffle when you stop by to see the train garden that will be running from 7 to 9 p.m.during the week, through Jan. 1 and from 1 to 3 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays.
There is still time to drop off unwrapped new or like-new toys to the O'Conner, Piper and Flynn real estate office in Crofton. You have until tomorrow to help the Toys for Tots campaign make a child's Christmas a happy one.
The PTA, students and staff of Crofton Meadows Elementary are doing there part to help the needy in our area by having a mitten and sock tree in the entrance of the school. Everyone has been encouraged to bring in new socks and mittens for the tree. All donations will go to the needy or to My Sister's house.
Attention parents of Crofton Meadows and Crofton Woods students guidance counselor Carolynn Foley is sponsoring a study group aboutthe ever-challenging job of raising children.
Sessions will be atCrofton Meadows from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursdays, Jan. 30 through March 26. Registration is on a first-come, first-serve basis and will be limited. To register, call the school at 721-9454.
If you are an old-timer of the Crofton area, or even if you're not, you won't want to miss an opportunity to purchase this year's Crofton Christmas treedecoration. Girl Scout Troop 1487 is once again selling these popular tree additions. This year's ornament features a drawing ofthe original Staples Corner, which makes a wonderful addition to the collection. To place an order, call Cindy Adcock at 721-1102.
The Crofton Association of Retired Persons will be having its meeting one week earlier this month. The meeting will be 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at St.Paul's Lutheran Church on Route 450.
The Leisure Time Grandads, abarbershop quartet, will perform. All members are reminded to bring a donation of non-perishable food for the needy. A luncheon will follow the program.
For information call 721-3171.
Us Kids hasannounced that its support groups for children of divorce will resume for a 10-week session beginning with registration Jan. 13 at Fellowship Hall of the Prince of Peace Presbyterian Church in Crofton.
Children, ages 6-13, from families experiencing separation, divorce, remarriage will meet in small peer groups led by professional counselors.
Parents will meet in single parent support groups at the same time. Weekly sessions begin Jan. 20.
Call Janis P. Thompson at 410-721-2313 or 301-464-8385 for further information.
The Crofton Kiwanis Club will celebrate the bicentennial anniversary of the Bill of Rights at its Wednesday meeting.
Ken Folstein, attorney and club member, will give the Bill of Rights presentation. Meetings are at 8 p.m. each Wednesday at the Crofton Country Club, Kiwanisactivities room.
Brownie Troop 626 was out and about last week spreading a little holiday cheer at the Crofton Convalescent Home.
Brownies helped residents decorate cookies, then shared the apple cider they brought for the occasion. The girls sang Christmas songs to the residents and when it was time for them to go, the Brownies helped take everyone to the cafeteria for dinner.
When the mad rush of the holidays are over and you need to get out and have a little fun, Seton Parish in Crofton may have just what you are looking for.
The church will be conduct a fund-raiser dance on Saturday Jan. 18, from 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Bowie Elks Lodge on Route 450.
The post-holiday dance will get you back to Motown with the Classic Gold DJ's and will have door prizes and a silent auction.
Tickets are $15 per person and will not be available at the door. For tickets or more information, call the church office Monday through Thursday at 721-5770.