Churches Plan Candlelight And Other Special Christmas Services

Churches Plan Candlelight And Other Special Christmas Services

Kerry Wise
December 25, 2017

Trinity Lutheran Church in Keene will hold a Christmas Eve service Sunday at its regular worship time of 10:30 well as candlelight services at 4 and 9 p.m. with holy communion at the 9 p.m. service.

Bethany Presbyterian Church (25 North West End Ave.): Holy Communion and a candlelight service will be held at 7 p.m. on Christmas Eve. Refreshments will be served afterward.

First United Methodist: The Rev. Dr. Rick Dye will speak at the 8:45 and 11 a.m. worship services on "Here I Am", with scripture from Luke 1:26-38. For more information, contact the Rev. Jacquie Sheely at 717-270-1525.

Immigration of Christians from Eastern Europe and Africa has helped to stem the decline in church attendance in some areas, with London home a greater number of migrants than any other region - around three million foreign-born people living in the capital.

ARCADIA - Trinity Lutheran Church, 18974 OH 12, Arcadia, will hold a Sunday Advent worship service at 9:30 a.m.

Life In Grade Lutheran Church, 1009 N. Tom Green Ave., has scheduled Christmas Eve worship at 11 a.m. Sunday.

St. Stanislaus Church, 80 Richmond St., Winchester: Monday Christmas Day mass at 10:30 a.m. A special Christmas Day service featuring carols and lessons will be held at 9:30 a.m.

Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church's Christmas Eve candlelight service will be held at 7 p.m. Sunday at the church, 3434 Sixth St., Lewiston.

-- Nazareth Lutheran Church, 7401 University Ave., Cedar Falls; services at 3 p.m. 4:30 p.m., 6 p.m. and 10 p.m.

Waterloo, 6 p.m. candlelight service, with pre-service music starting at 5:45 p.m.

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Olive Baptist Church in Pensacola and Warrington will hold one Christmas Eve morning service at 10 a.m. A gospel explosion will begin at 5 p.m. January 6.

St. Paul's and Good Hope Lutheran churches will celebrate Christmas Eve with carols and a candlelight service at 6 p.m. Sunday at St. Paul's, 520 Villard Ave., Craigmont, and at 7:30 Good Hope, 28157 Settlement Road near Gifford.

Leacock Presbyterian Church (3181 Lincoln Highway East, Paradise): The church will celebrate two Christmas Eve services.

Asbury United Methodist Church in Chesterfield will hold its annual Christmas Eve candlelight service Sunday at 7 p.m. Prelude music and traditional Christmas songs will be offered 15 minutes prior to the service.

Silver Spring Baptist Church (4001 Marietta Ave., Columbia): There will be a candlelight service at 7 p.m. on Christmas Eve and a 7 p.m. There will be no 6 p.m. service. The church is at 731 Eighth St., Lewiston.

Starbright Village, the largest display of lights in the Permian Basin, will be open from 6 11 p.m. Sunday at McKinney Park, 625 W. Pool Road. A Christmas Eve Candlelight Service will be held at the Main Campus at 4 p.m., 6 p.m. and 11 p.m. and on the Warrington Campus at 10 p.m. All services are family-friendly and will include music, carols and Holy Communion. The service will begin at 8 and will include communion, concluding with a tradition of singing "Silent Night" in German and English.

The 2016 Concordia College Christmas Concert "Gather Us In O Child of Peace", will be broadcast this holiday season at 11 p.m. on Wyoming PBS. A pageant supper will follow at 5 p.m. and at 6:30 p.m. will be the family service/pageant.

St. John's Episcopal Church (321 W. Chestnut St.): Christmas Eve services, will begin at 3:30 p.m. The Sanctuary Place is a new congregation affiliated with the Presbyterian Church U.S.A. New Year's Eve service. All are invited to all of these services.

While the church has done smaller Christmas Eve services in the past, Associate Pastor Ryan Burns said it started the candlelight service and program in 2004.