A new Royal Oak church, New City Presbyterian, which will hold its first service on Sunday, January 20 at 10:30 a.m. at Royal Oak Middle School, will hold a “sneak preview” Christmas service at the school on Sunday, Dec. 16 at 4 p.m.

Minister Ryan McVicar, 36, will conduct a brief service, with Christmas carols, followed by a get-together for adults and a cookie-decorating activity for children. For information, visit newcitypc.org or call 248-808-2523.

New City’s practices are rooted in the Bible as the source of teaching and inspiration and the driving force in the lives of its members. That said, creating a strong community within the church and serving the community in which they worship are equally important, according to McVicar.

“God invented cities and he wants his kingdom on earth to thrive,” McVicar said. “People at New City don’t just see each other on Sunday. We share meals and meet during the week. We also seek ways to engage with and serve Royal Oak and neighboring communities.” Some of the young families involved with the church donated their time to oversee the children’s area at the November chili cookoff at Royal Oak’s Farmer’s Market, he said.

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