• Editor: My first question is, am I in trouble?

    Santa Claus: For what?

    E: We apparently didn't get a couple of letters to Santa into our print edition on Friday. We got a call from a disappointed Grandpa.

  • Armenia UMC

    Christmas dinner, 5 p.m. Sunday.

    Bethel UMC

    Christmas Eve communion and candlelight service, 5 p.m. Wednesday.

    Blackstock First Baptist

    • Communion during morning services, Sunday. Christmas play that evening.

    • Christmas Eve candlelight service, 6 to 6:30 p.m. Wednesday.

    • Watch Night, 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 31.

    Calvary Baptist

    • No night services Dec. 24.

  • Chester County is having a blast with its Christmas this year and the fun continues.

    Chester County workers were treated to a barbecue Christmas lunch on Wednesday in the War Memorial Building.

    County Supervisor Carlisle Roddey made the barbecue.

    Some county workers brought desserts, including a sweet potato pie that had Election Commission Executive Director Earl Moore salivating and raving about how good it was.

    Also on Wednesday, the Chester County Chamber of Commerce had a members-only lunch, but Santa Claus showed up and made the rounds.

  • It’s not Christmas until the Richburg Christmas parade is held.

    At least that’s what Susan Murphy of Edgemoor said from her spot on Main Street Saturday.

    “There’s only one parade in Chester County,” Murphy said.

    But there’s not. After this weekend’s “Weekend of Parades,” with four Christmas parades in the bag, there’s still one more to go.

    The parade season kicks off in November each year with the Great Falls Christmas parade, usually held around Thanksgiving, very early.

  • Armenia Baptist

    Deaconess Christmas program, 2 p.m. Sunday. Speaker: the Rev. Donnie Dye of Zion Pilgrim Baptist.

    Armenia UMC

    Christmas dinner, 5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 21.

    Bethel UMC

    • Christmas Family Night covered dish supper, 6 p.m. Sunday. Children’s play, 6:45 p.m.

    • Christmas Eve communion and candlelight service, 5 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 24.

    Blackstock First Baptist

    • Christmas covered dish dinner, noon Sunday.

    • Adult day care visit, 10 a.m. Monday.

  • Like bands? Trucks and tractors pulling trailers with kids tossing candy?

    In other words, love a parade?

    Then Chester County is the place to be this weekend.

    The county offers three — count them — three Christmas parades.

    The weeekend of parades kicks off with the Richburg parade at 11 a.m. Saturday. It heads up Main Street and is organized each year by the Richburg Fire Department.

  • Twenty-five local children in need will have something for Christmas, thanks to Chester County departments.

    Getting the first names of some children from the Department of Social Servics, the county prepared a tree in its lobby with paper Gingerbread men.

    The names and some things the children wanted for Christmas were listed on the back.

    Linda Modlin, the secretary to County Supervisor Carlisle Roddey, prepared the gingerbread men.

    They were snatched up in a few days, said Human Resources Director Cindy Goettsch said.

  • Heaven Craig’s compass was working just fine Saturday afternoon as she rode to Heath Springs on the L&C Railway’s Santa Express with friends Ty’Keahja McIlwain and Ari Adams.

    She may have been riding southbound in the Hollywood Beach dome car, but Heaven knew she was headed to Heath Springs’ North Pole Adventure.

    “That’s where Santa is,” the giggling 5-year-old said.

    She was right, too, and had a chance to visit with the jolly old elf at the Heath Springs depot just as the sun was starting to set.

  • "Haul out the holly, Put up the tree before my spirits fall again…..” most of us are familiar with this line from the song, “We Need a Little Christmas”; introduced in the Broadway play Mame, a mid-1960s extravaganza.

    However, many do not know the line that states, “...But, Auntie Mame, it’s one week past Thanksgiving Day now…”

    If ever there was a time that we need a little Christmas. it is now. For a donation of only $5, you can tour four attractive local homes, decorated to put you into the holiday spirit.

  • Armenia UMC

    Church charge conference, 8 a.m. Sunday.

    Bethel UMC

    Christmas Family Night covered dish supper, 6 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 14. Children's play, 6:45 p.m.

    Browns Chapel AME Zion

    Family and Friends Night, 6 p.m. Saturday. Speaker: Minister Dorothy Jeter. Public welcome.

    Calvary Baptist

    • Ordination service for Brother Joey Harris during morning services Sunday.

    • Fifth Sunday night singing at Capers Chapel, 6 p.m. Sunday.

  • Antioch Baptist

    Missionary service, 6 p.m. Sunday. Theme: “Unity in the Body of Christ.” Speaker: Minister Floria Murphy of Outpouring Evangelistic Ministries. All welcome.

    Armenia UMC

    Church charge conference, 8 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 30.

    Bethlehem Baptist

    Annual Women’s Day program, 2 p.m. Sunday. Speaker: Ruby Hope.

    Black Rock Baptist