Photo by Cathy Poppy Pictured at a previous Red River Meeting House Christmas Candlelight service is Machelle Operia with granddaughter, Naomi.

Photo by Cathy Poppy

Pictured at a previous Red River Meeting House Christmas Candlelight service is Machelle Operia with granddaughter, Naomi.

The Red River Meeting House and Cemetery Association invite the public to share in the celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ at its old fashion 30th annual "Candlelight Christmas" service at Red River Meeting House on Sunday, Dec. 1 at 4 p.m.

Along with a Christmas service, Derek Guyer will be speaking with the dulcimer played and special music by different individuals.

Participating in the candlelight service is a special event that not only celebrates the birth of our Savior Jesus Christ but also gives those in attendance a feeling of being back in time during a period that was so instrumental in spreading the word about Christianity in this region of the United States.

The Red River Meeting House and Cemetery Association began in the 1920s. It is a group dedicated to preserving the history of the cemetery, the Meeting House and the area where the Second Great Awakening began.

"A full house was experienced at last year's event. It was a wonderful time to celebrate the birth of Christ with no hustle and bustle but only peace and tranquility in the meeting house," said Darlynn Moore.

Cedar and holly surround the lit wooden lanterns in the windows and rafters throughout the meeting house. Silent Night is sung while candles are being lit and stay lit throughout the service. Several old quilts are laid on some of the benches and serve as a nice cushion to the wooden benches in the meeting house. Light refreshments are served with the smell of hot spiced cider and hot chocolate which is welcome if very cold at this time of year. A variety of homemade cookies are also served.

"Dreama Ruley always tells me 'the meeting house has never looked as beautiful as this time of year,'" said Moore.

The Red River Meeting House was the site of the first religious camp meeting in the United States. Held June 13-17, 1800, it marked the start of the Second Great Awakening, a major religious movement in the United States in the first part of the nineteenth century. The meeting was organized by the Presbyterian minister James McGready in Logan County and several preachers took part.

The Meeting House is located three miles from Hwy. 431 on Hwy. 663 near Schochoh. Everyone is welcome to attend. If anyone has any questions, please contact Richard Moore at 270-539-6528.