NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – The community is invited to join Bethel College faculty, staff and students at the center of campus Dec. 6 at 8 p.m. for the 31st annual Lighting of the Green.
Bethel’s student chaplains coordinate this event, which first took place in 1986.
Many Western Christian churches, including the Mennonite Church USA denomination with which Bethel is affiliated, observe this season of preparation for the celebration of the birth of Christ on Dec. 25.
For Bethel’s Lighting of the Green, most electric lights on campus are turned off and everyone gathers with unlit candles on the sidewalk around the Green. It takes about 250 people to form a complete circle.
The simple service consists of singing several Christmas carols, listening to the reading of Advent Scripture passages, and lighting candles to form “a wreath around the Green.”
At the end of the service, everyone walks into the middle of the Green with their lights, to create a “Christ candle” as the lights come closer together, and to sing one or two more carols.
The service will last about 20 minutes. Refreshments will not be served this year.
All are welcome to join in the Lighting of the Green, an activity well-suited to families with children. For more information, call 316-284-5356.