No one needs to be alone on Christmas Day thanks to the folks at Elkin First United Methodist Church.
Members of the congregation welcome the community to join them as they continue their tradition of a free meal and fellowship on Christmas Day from noon to 2 p.m. at 340 Hawthorne Road in Elkin.
This year the dinner will feature baked ham instead of turkey. Side dishes will include applesauce, mashed potatoes, corn and yeast rolls.
“For dessert, we will have a birthday cake for Jesus,” said Missions Team chair, David VanAntwerp.
“It’s wonderful that they do this and offer it to the community and to Chatham Woods specifically,” said Nicole Perkins, manager for Chatham Woods Senior Apartments, which is located next to the church.
“The church is extremely generous,” said Perkins, “and they don’t expect anything in return because they love the residents here.”
Even visitors to the area appreciate the church.
“The first time I came here, I noticed how pretty the church was,” said Tracy Highland, who moved to Elkin two years ago and has lived in a variety of locations such as Pennsylvania and Mississippi, but it was more than just the beauty that made her chose Elkin.
“It’s such a welcoming atmosphere,” said Highland. She said she is particularly thankful for how welcoming the members of the church were for the Christmas Day dinner last year.
“I felt very appreciative that these people took time out of their lives with their families to cook and prepare food as a courtesy to everyone in the community,” said Highland, whose children live in Arizona and Louisiana.
“They enjoy being and make everyone feel as if they have a family for the day.”
“If you don’t have any family, come out and see us,” said VanAntwerp. “We’ll be happy to talk with you. Come on out. Enjoy the meal. Enjoy the fellowship.”
Since moving to Elkin, Beanie Taylor now spends Christmas Day in Elkin instead of the North Pole.