For members of the First Baptist Church in Stephenville, serving others on Christmas Day has become an annual tradition.

“We are aware that several churches serve meals during this time of year, but we are the only church providing meals on Christmas Day, when many people are shut in or alone,”  said Jim Tucker, who is leading this year’s effort. “We want to be that friend or that family on Christmas Day for them. They can come and have dinner with someone who will love them. Our purpose is to demonstrate the true spirit of Christmas by showing love for our community through the gift of this dinner. We have many church members who volunteer their time on Christmas Day to help make this event a success. We will serve about 900 to 1,000 meals and will deliver them to firemen, police officers and others who are shut in or homebound.”

The sixth annual event will take place from 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Friday in the Fellowship Hall at the church.  The dinner is free and open to the public.

The holiday menu will include traditional turkey, dressing, vegetables, rolls and dessert.