By Sandra Turner

Recently retired clergy the Rev. Mary Hilliard — formerly at Asbury UMC Little Rock — is conducting a Christmas candlelight service at the former Mt. Carmel Methodist Church in Dallas County — located off of Highway 9 in Jacinto, Arkansas — on Sunday, Dec. 22, 2019.

A fellowship hour will be held from 3 – 4 p.m. with the service beginning at 4 p.m. Rev. Hilliard is the granddaughter of a former Methodist minister at Mt. Carmel, the Rev. Lem Dedman, and wanted to hold a Christmas service reminiscent of one that our ancestors might have experienced.

Mt. Carmel was a church from 1879-1994 and when it closed, the conference deeded it over to the Mt. Carmel Homecoming and Preservation Association.

For more information, contact Sandra Turner at sparhamturner@gmail.com.