Each year, the Business and Professional Women’s Club of Portsmouth hosts a tour of area churches to celebrate the Christmas season and the Christian faith.
This year will be no exception, the annual tour of churches will be held on Dec. 9 beginning at 5:30 p.m. at the Scioto County Courthouse, 602 7th Street in Portsmouth. Tour groups will leave the Courthouse every 15 minutes beginning at 6 p.m. at the 6th Street entrance, it is a walking tour so please keep weather in mind.
“The event started with the idea to bring more people and activity into the community,” said Anna Cardenas. Cardenas serves as the Public Relations Chairman for the Business and Professional Women’s Club. According to Cardenas, the tour sees about 300 people each year. Typically group sizes range from 20-25 depending on attendance.
Hearkening back to the old days of Portsmouth, the tour guides will be lighting the way with lanterns, dressed in Victorian style clothing, providing a unique way to learn about the Portsmouth’s history and admire the architecture. Each church is designated as historical landmarks by the Ohio Historical Society.
The following churches will be visited on the tour:
- Evangelical United Church of Christ, dedicated in 1887.
- All Saints Episcopal Church, built in 1850.
- Grace Community, Bigelow Church, built in 1867.
- St. Mary Roman Catholic Church, dedicated in 1870.
- First Presbyterian Church, dedicated in 1851.
“On Sunday afternoon we will hold our annual ‘Hanging of the Greens,’ as a congregation we come together to decorate our auditorium,” said Grace Community pastor, Gary Chaffins. “This year our plan is to feature our children’s choir during the tour, this is this first time we’ve tried it. As a church, our focus is always to leave our visitors with the hope of Christmas. The Christmas season is such a busy time for everyone, we like to use this as an opportunity to help our guests to pause and reflect on what truly matters. Over the years this has become what our visitors expect and doing so serves as a wonderful reflection of who we are as a congregation. We are very excited.”
During the tour, refreshments will be served at Grace Community, Bigelow Church. A variety of entertainment acts will be held in the Courthouse lobby throughout the evening, including the American Red Cross puppets, Tony Sturgeon, Robbie Shupert and the Trent Williams quintet.
For more information, please call Anna Cardenas at 740-353-7326.
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