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Christmas Eve Candlelight – Light Up the Darkness

For many of us, Christmas really becomes Christmas when they are holding a lighted candle and singing, “Silent Night”.  We will be offering three candlelight services on Christmas Eve this year.  All services will include familiar carols and the wonderful scriptures telling of Christ’s birth.  Each service will be similar, and yet, each will have something different to make it special.  Invite your family and friends as we celebrate the birth of Jesus.

5:00 Candlelight

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This service will be held in Fellowship Hall as members of our Transformation Praise Team will lead us in joyously welcoming Christ’s birth.   A special time for children will also be a part of this service.

7:00 p.m. Candlelight

This service will be held in the Sanctuary with familiar carols and special music.  A special time for children will also be a part of this service.  

11:00 p.m. Candlelight

There’s something magical about coming to the church late at night on Christmas Eve.  Maybe it is to recall the excitement of the shepherds arriving at the manger to see the new born King.  Or could it be the quietness of the hour after all the noise of the Christmas rush is over?  We will sing the familiar carols and hear once again the wonderful story of Christ’s birth through scripture.  Again this year, we are including Communion in this service to celebrate the coming of the Son of God in the baby Jesus.

Christmas Eve Communion in the Chapel - 9: a.m. - 10:00 p.m.

Share in a special time of remembering the reason for the season, and make holy communion a new part of your Christmas tradition.  The Chapel will be open all day on Christmas Eve for “come and go” Communion beginning at 9:00 a.m.   The Chapel will remain open for Communion until 10:00 p.m.  We will be offering Communion at the 11:00 p.m. Candlelight Service this year.  Many churches around the world celebrate midnight Christmas communion to remember our Savior’s birth in a lowly manger in Bethlehem.   

Christmas Day Celebration - one service, 10:00am 

Christmas Day falls on Sunday this year!  We will have one combined service at 10:00 a.m.  in the Sanctuary.   We invite you to come in your new Christmas sweater or favorite “old” sweater as we share in the afterglow of Christmas.  There will be no Sunday School.  We will sing the carols and continue the celebration of our Savior’s birth.  Come and celebrate Christ’s birthday!  

New Year’s Day Sunday – One Combined Service at 10:00 a.m. 

As with Christmas Day, New Year’s Day falls on Sunday.  We will have one combined service at 10:00 a.m. in the Sanctuary.  We will be using the Wesley Covenant Service and serving Communion.  Our founder John Wesley established this service on December 25, 1747, and strongly urged Methodists to renew their Covenant with God.  It is traditionally used on the first Sunday of the year.  The Covenant Service will be a very meaningful way to begin the New Year.