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Annual "Lighting of the Green" to take place at Bethel College Dec. 12

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NORTH NEWTON, KAN. -- The public is invited to participate in a nearly two-decades-old Christmas tradition at Bethel College. The Lighting of the Green will take place Sunday, Dec. 12, at 8 p.m. on the Green in the center of campus. The event is free and open to all.

Campus pastor Amy Barker describes it this way: "Around 8:00 next Sunday evening, Bethel students, faculty and staff, along with community members, will find their way through a darkened campus to surround the Green. After a brief opening, with Scripture and song, we will begin to light our candles as we sing Christmas carols until the Green is encircled with lit candles, symbolizing the Christmas wreath.

"As we sing ‘O come all ye faithful,’ we will walk to the center of the Green--a symbol of the Christ candle--where we will continue to sing, and close in prayer."

Ushers with flashlights will be available to escort people from parking lots to the Green, and candles will be handed out to participants. The service will last about 30 minutes. In case of bad weather, the event will take place in Memorial Hall.

"The single light, the spreading light, the encircling light and the movement of the circle of light into the center, combined with a simple service, has caused this to be one of the most meaningful services for Bethel students and community participants over the years," said Barker.

All are invited to the Schultz Student Center cafeteria for cookies and hot drinks following the service.

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