By Melissa Robinson
The McDonough Christmas
Tour of Homes is a back after a year hiatus and is set for
Saturday, December 15 from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. where
participants will have the opportunity to tour eight lovely
homes, fully decorated for the holiday season. The tour is being
co-sponsored by McDonough First United Methodist Church and
Wesley Way United Methodist Church.
There are several new homes
on the McDonough Christmas Tour of Homes, such as this one
on King Mill Road.
The tour is a
collaborative effort between the two churches and proceeds will
benefit each church’s youth ministry programs.
“There’s very little
administrative costs, because everyone is donating their time,
so virtually all of the money from tickets sold will help to
benefit the young people in our youth programs,” said Allyson
Lawrence, associate pastor of McDonough First United Methodist
and one of the tour organizers. “Several volunteers have made
the event possible, particularly Teresa Hoppe and Gail Matthews,
the youth pastor at Wesley Way.”
According to Lawrence,
this is the 14th year for the tour, however, organizers took a
break last year, and most of the homes this year are new to the
tour. The tour is “on your own” and the houses are located
throughout McDonough, so it’s not a walking tour.
The Christmas Tour of
Homes begins at the Fellowship Hall of the First United
Methodist where participants will pick up their brochure and map
on the day of the tour.
“People will have an
opportunity to see beautifully decorated houses and homeowners
have been so generous and wonderful by opening up their homes
for this tour, said Lawrence. “A lot of people have been willing
to participate, especially because it’s for the youth.
She said that in the
past, the event has been an incredible fundraiser for the youth
programs, particularly for their mission work. This year, she
said the proceeds will be evenly split between the two
“Our two churches have a
great relationship and putting them together for this event
really helps to connect the community,” she said.
Tickets may be purchased
in advance at both churches, the Secret Garden, Emily’s Attic
and Moye’s Pharmacy in McDonough. Tickets may also be purchased
through youth members of either church or at First United
Methodist in the Fellowship Hall on the day of the tour. Tickets
are $10 in advance and $12 at the door. First United Methodist
is also offering childcare, similar to a vacation Bible school
for $10 per child, not to exceed $25 for a family, held between
the hours of 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.
McDonough First United Methodist Church is
located at 151 Macon St. For more information or to purchase
tickets, call 770-957-4150 or 770-898-3023.