Southwestern

Engaging Minds, Transforming Lives

Newsroom


Candlelight Services Set for December

  • News Image
    The highlight of each Candlelight service comes when the sanctuary is completely darkened and candles are lit throughout.

Services are a Southwestern and Georgetown tradition

Southwestern University will hold two Candlelight Services for the Season of Advent at 6 and 8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 1, in the Lois Perkins Chapel. The services are free and open to the public. Following the 8 p.m. service, there will be a holiday reception for the public in the Bishops Lounge of the McCombs Campus Center.

The services, which are a Southwestern and Georgetown tradition, are adapted from “An Advent Service of Lessons and Carols” in The United Methodist Church Book of Worship, and are based on one developed in 1934 for the chapel of King’s College, Cambridge. The highlight of each service comes when the sanctuary is completely darkened and candles are lit throughout.

Liturgists for the services will be Southwestern University Chaplain Beverly Jones and Bishop Joe Wilson. Kenny Sheppard, professor of music, will conduct the Southwestern University Chorale and a different student string quartet will play at each service.

Following the 6 p.m. service, Southwestern’s dining service will be available until 8 p.m. in the J.E. and L.E. Mabee Commons of the Campus Center. The cost is $9 for adults and $5 for children 10 and under. There also will be a hot chocolate reception co-hosted by Southwestern and the Greater Georgetown Association of Southwestern University Alumni in the Rockwell Rotunda on the first floor of the Campus Center.

The Association of Southwestern University Alumni also is hosting Candlelight services throughout the state in December. For a complete listing of events, go here.