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Celebrate an extreme Christmas
Church designs family fun event at community center
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‘FX Christmas: An Extreme Family Event’

When: 5-7 p.m. Dec. 21

Where: North Hall Community Center, 4175 Nopone Road, Gainesville

How much: Free

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Christmas is a week away, but some are already handing out gifts.

The Highlands United Methodist Church on Cleveland Highway plans to give many gifts to the community through “FX Christmas: An Extreme Family Event” on Sunday, Dec. 21.

“We were trying to figure out ways that we could give back to our community and what could we do to reach as many people as we could and share the gospel message with them,” said Elizabeth Jones, director of children and Family Ministries at the church.

Jones explained the program is designed by interweaving the Christmas message from Luke 2 through the fun and interactive games played.

The free event will be from 5 to 7 p.m. at the North Hall Community Center, 4175 Nopone Road, Gainesville. Doors will open at 4:30 p.m.

Entertainment will include Christmas music, lots of games and a free raffle for four different $250 gift cards for those who preregister.

Jones warns it “may get a little messy” with games such as the Snowball Plunge and Santa Stuff.

She added this kind of event might normally cost a family $25 to $30, but the church has no interest in charging families.

“The church will be footing the bill for this in hopes of reaching families (who) wouldn’t be able to spend that little bit of extra money,” she said.

For a chance to win a $250 Visa gift card, the church encourages attendees to preregister online at by midnight Dec. 20. It is limited to one registration per family.

Donna Aldridge, member of the church Planning Team, said 400 people have already registered.

“It’s our hope and prayer that those gift cards will go to families that they can really impact just a few days before Christmas,” Jones said.

The community is also invited to join the Highlands United Methodist Church on Christmas Eve at one of the three services that evening at 4:30, 6 and 7:30 p.m.

“Christmas is more than Santa and presents,” Jones said.

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