JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - Handshakes, hugs, and many well wishes surrounded the worship hall at Central Baptist Church in Jonesboro on Christmas Eve.
The congregation joined for a 4:30 p.m. service.
"Here at Central Baptist Church we have multi-campuses, so each campus is having their own services," Archie Mason, the senior pastor, said.
Mason said he was thrilled about Saturday's Christmas Eve service because he expected a huge turnout.
"We expect an overflowing crowd tonight, probably the largest crowd of the year," Mason said. "It's already 30 minutes before the show starts and you can see all the people coming in now. It's a great thing."
Guests enjoyed singing and remembering the reason for the season.
Zach Williams, a Grammy nominee, took the stage and led the guests in worship.
"All of our worship leaders are here, Pastor Jeff Stotts, Pastor Eric Slusser and also Zach Williams who was just nominated for a Grammy for 'Chain Breaker,'" Mason said. "Christmas, we celebrate the birth of Lord Jesus Christ, and so there's going to be a lot of music tonight, we'll also be singing some Christmas carols this whole weekend and tomorrow. It's really about exalting Jesus Christ, celebrating his birth, but then also we will be talking about his resurrection."
If you missed the Christmas Eve service, there is another opportunity on Christmas day.
Mason said their church, located at 3707 Harrisburg Road, will have a 10:30 a.m. service on Christmas day. Everyone is invited.
"The dress is casual," he said. "Come as you are. It's about a 55 to 60-minute service. We would love to have you. Bring your family, bring your kids, and bring everyone. It will be a great time."
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