Faith Friday: Hanging of the Greens at First United Methodist-Dallas

The fifth and sixth graders that are part of the Zone 56 program at First United Methodist Church in downtown Dallas led the congregation last Sunday in the church’s first holiday service of the season, the Hanging of the Greens.

The children helped usher in the Christmas season with carols, hymns, and a service that included helping younger children decorate the two Chrismon trees in the sanctuary with ornaments, turning on the lights for the first time, and hanging the garland on the chancel rail.

The Zone 56 program guides the spiritual development of the fifth and sixth-grade students, and precedes confirmation. The Hanging of the Greens service is one of the special opportunities they have to lead the congregation.

Bethany Erickson

Bethany Erickson, Digital Editor at People Newspapers, cut her teeth on community journalism, starting in Arkansas. Recently, she's taken home a few awards for her writing, including first place for her tornado coverage from the National Newspapers Association's 2020 Better Newspaper Contest, a Gold award for Best Series at the 2018 National Association of Real Estate Editors journalism awards, a 2018 Hugh Aynesworth Award for Editorial Opinion from the Dallas Press Club, and a 2019 award from NAREE for a piece linking Medicaid expansion with housing insecurity. She is a member of the Education Writers Association, the Society of Professional Journalists, the National Association of Real Estate Editors, the News Leaders Association, the News Product Alliance, and the Online News Association. She doesn't like lima beans, black licorice or the word synergy. You can reach her at

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