Living Christmas Tree

The Newburg First Church of God's Living Christmas Tree is a much-anticipated holiday program that hundreds of people look forward to each year. The tree is empty in this photo, but come Dec. 1 it will come alive with 40 plus singing voices helping to tell the good news of Christ's birth. This year's event is scheduled for Dec. 1-4, beginning each night at 7pm. A free meal is being served this year on Saturday, Dec. 3 at 4:30 p.m. prior to the 7 p.m. program. Kick off the holiday season this year in Newburg by attending the Living Christmas Tree program!

How many people does it take to put up a Christmas tree? That depends of course on the size of the tree and exactly where you plan to put the tree!

Newburg First Church of God’s Christmas tree has been a staple in the front of the church for more than four decades, this year marking the 47th time the tree has been in the same spot! Newburg’s tree is special.

It’s the only tree of its kind for miles and miles around, and not only is it beautifully decorated, but it sings too! Presented by the Newburg First Church of God and brought to life by a multitude of Newburg area community voices, the Living Christmas Tree has been a wonderful tradition that has helped usher in the start of the holiday seasons for thousands of people.

The tree itself doesn’t change much from year to year. A few light bulbs need to be replaced each year, the greenery needs to be fluffed and spruced, and the star is always securely placed at the top. What does change from time to time is the supporting cast which includes the 40 plus voices that help bring the tree to life each season.

As in years past, this season’s invitation to come and be part of the living Christmas tree is extended to the Newburg, Shippensburg and Newville communities, or anyone who would like to lend their voice to the beautifully orchestrated holiday tradition. A desire to sing and help spread the good news of the Christmas story is all that is required!

This year’s production is scheduled to take place Dec. 1-4 beginning at 7 p.m. each night, with an afternoon performance on Sunday, Dec. 4 at 3:30 p.m. 

Hoping to start a new tradition, church members are trying something new this year: a free delicious hot meal will be served on Saturday, Dec. 3 prior to the 7 p.m. showing. The public is invited to come and enjoy some great food and fellowship followed by the Christmas story told through song and narration. RSVP is not required to attend the meal, but is highly encouraged in order to help prepare the meal.

It’s estimated that well over 1,000 people who have come and witnessed this beautiful holiday tradition for themselves over the course of the past 46 years have renewed their commitment to the church, be it the Newburg First Church of God, or their own home church. Many, many people over the years have made a new commitment to follow Christ after seeing the Living Christmas Tree in person, and still others have rededicated themselves to continue their walk with Christ. It doesn’t matter if you have only had the opportunity to see the program one time or several times, hearing the Christmas story presented by the talented voices who make the tree come alive, is definitely a must see event for the holidays!

Newburg First Church of God is located at 260 Newburg Road, in Newburg. The public is cordially invited to attend.

Nursing homes and other groups are encouraged to attend as well, with special arrangements being made for these and other larger groups on Thursday evening. Call the church at: 717-423-6279 for information and directions.

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