Christmas is a very special time for most of us.  Even for those who are not very religious, Christmas is a time when we all take a few days off from work to spend time with our families and loved ones.  We exchange gifts and take time to reflect on all that we have been blessed with over the last year.

That's why the season is filled with events, like tree lightings, parades, family dinners, and more.

Like Easter, the Christmas season is one of those times when people who rarely go to church make it a point to get to a Christmas service.  That's why Central Church always steps up their game in a big way during the holidays.

Based in Augusta but serving several Maine communities, Central Church is known for their huge outreach events like their Memorial Day weekend service in Capitol Park, the Easter Egg Drop, and Serve Central.

These events are about more than just promoting a message.  The events really are about helping those in our community.  Serve Central, for example, is all about tackling community cleanup and beautification projects that other do not have the time or money to deal with.  The Memorial Day weekend event always includes a free BBQ, free haircuts, a shoe giveaway, and more.

Of course, Central Church typically hosts a big Christmas celebration.  Last year, after spending a few years doing Christmas services at their Augusta and China locations, they decided to go back to doing a huge Christmas event at the Augusta Civic Center.

And, it looks like they are going to do it again!

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This year's Christmas at the Civic Center services

As has been the case in past years, there will be snacks available, like cookies and hot cocoa.  There'll be a room set aside for free family photos, and everyone will get a gift.

The service itself will feature music, interactive games, and a powerful message.

This year's services will be on Saturday, December 23.  There will be a service at 3 PM and another at 6 PM.

The doors will open one hour before the services start.

You can get all of the details from the Central Church website.

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