Christmas Eve Services

On Christmas Eve, we will be holding three services in the sanctuary:

  • 5:00 pm – Family Worship with Instant Pageant
  • 7:30 pm – Candlelight Service of Lessons and Carols
  • 11:00 pm – Candlelight Service of Lessons and Carols

About the Candlelight Services of Lessons and Carols

We will read the Christmas story from the King James Bible, and sing Silent Night by candlelight. The 7:30 pm service includes music by our Adult Choir and nursery care.  The 11:00 pm service will not have the choir and does not have nursery care.

About the Christmas Eve Instant Pageant

This is a service for all ages with the singing of Christmas Carols and the reading of the Christmas Story. All children who wish to be in the pageant are invited to do so. Costumes for angels and shepherds will be available in Fellowship Hall before the service.

To remind our children that Christmas is about the birth of Christ, we hope that they will come to church on ―the night before Christmas.‖ The Youth Choirs are scheduled to sing. Nursery care is provided.

The Instant Pageant is a simple, yet very moving, unrehearsed reenactment of the Christmas story, narrated by Rev. Wilson. All children (visitors included) are encouraged to be involved.

When Is It? On Christmas Eve, during the 5:00 p.m. service. Any children who

wish to participate should come to Fellowship Hall between 4:30 and 4:45 p.m. to put on their costumes. Costumes will not be given out before 4:30 p.m.

What Should I Wear? To be a shepherd, wear a plain, dark bathrobe. To be an angel or a

farm animal, wear a simple costume from home if you have one. We will also have costumes available in Fellowship Hall for children to wear who don‘t have something suitable from home.

Tell Me More! Children participating in the pageant will sit with their parents in

costume. Our oldest Sunday School and Confirmation students are eligible to fill the roles of Mary, Joseph, Gabriel and the three Kings. Those selected will sit at the very back of the sanctuary with Ms. Manners until it‘s time for them to come forward.

After the offering, Rev. Wilson will narrate the Christmas story and each group of children will come forward during the appropriate Christmas carol. Ms. Manners and members of the Board of Christian Education will be there to guide them.