Churches team up

JOHNSTOWN — A group of area pastors and churches are teaming up to help ensure a warm and welcoming Christmas Eve for everyone in need.

A Hometown Christmas Eve celebration will take place on Monday at the Holiday Inn in downtown Johnstown.

“Everyone is welcome to attend this non-traditional, non-denominational celebration,” said Pastor Gary Hale, president of Gateway to Christ Ministries. “This event is a Christmas gift to our neighbors and friends. We want everyone to feel welcome and to feel cared about during this holiday season.”

Several area churches and individuals have pitched in to make the event possible.

The evening will begin at 5 p.m. with refreshments and Christmas music, followed by a short Christmas play and story time for children. Refreshments will be served.

The evening will conclude with the singing of “Silent Night” and the opportunity for those who feel the need to talk with pastors and receive prayer.

“There are so many amazing people working to make this happen,” Hale added. “Our goal is to give people hope and to give them the opportunity to change their lives. We want to ensure that everyone has a special place to spend Christmas Eve.”