ATLANTIC HIGHLANDS -- Area residents are invited to join the members and friends of the First Presbyterian Church for the church's New Year Day hymn-sing at 11 a.m. on Sunday, Jan. 1.

The informal service, which honors St. Stephen, the First Martyr, will feature Scripture readings from Isaiah 63:7-9 and Matthew 2:13-23.”

Elder Ray Carroll will conduct the service while Elder Barbara Stone will serve as the liturgist.

The David Nunez-directed adult choir will perform during the service.

Hymns scheduled for the Jan. 1 service are "O Come All Ye Faithful," "The First Noel," 'What Star Is This, With Beams So Bright," "He Came Down,"  "Let the Whole Creation Cry," "Mary and Joseph Came to the Temple" and  "O Little Town of Bethlehem."

At 11 a.m., Tuesday, Jan. 3, the church will resume its  weekly "Bible by the Bay" Bible Study program, conducted by Pastor Paul F. Rack, at Sissy's Restaurant in the Atlantic Highlands Municipal Yacht Harbor, to which all area residents at invited.

Rack, will return to the pulpit for the 11 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 8 service at the 126-year-old church at Third and East Highland Avenues. At 12:30 p.m., all area residents  are invited to join the church as it marks "The Great Blessing of the Waters" on the beach to the west of the Municipal Marina.