Contemplative Christmas Service set for Sunday
ANDERSON — First Presbyterian Church, 230 W. Ninth St., will hold its Contemplative Christmas on Sunday at 7 p.m. in the parlor.
The longest night of the year falls near Dec. 22, and the evening will be a service of scripture, stories, special music, silent reflection and healing prayer.
The Contemplative Christmas service is a time to recognize that Christmas can be a bittersweet time of the year. The constant refrain heard about getting together with family reminds many of what and who they have lost, or what they never had. The anguish of broken relationships, the insecurity of unemployment, the weariness of ill health, the pain of isolation — all these can make us feel very much alone in the midst of the festive season. All of this is compounded by the deepening darkness of the year. We need space and time to acknowledge our sadness and concern.
Christmas Eve service scheduled
ANDERSON — Madison Park Church of God invites the community to its Christmas Eve service on Dec. 24 at 9 p.m.
The service features a sing-along of favorite holiday songs and carols, a re-telling of the Christmas Story and a candle lighting ceremony.
Dress is casual. Children are welcome to attend in their pajamas.
The church is located at Columbus Avenue and E 67th Street in Anderson.
Information: 642-2000 or visit www.MadisonParkChurch.org.
Old-fashioned Christmas celebration
MIDDLETOWN — The 14th annual Christmas Eve candlelight ceremony at "The Church at Crossroads" will be held at 10 p.m. Dec. 24.
Gary McManus of Daleville Christian Church will bring the message. A breathtaking, candlelight benediction will follow with all those present returning into the night in the spirit of peace and hope drawn from the birth of our Savior.
The church is located at 600 West and 700 South in Delaware County.
Christmas Eve service at New Horizons UMC
ANDERSON — New Horizons United Methodist Church will have a Family Candlelight and Communion Christmas Eve Service on Tuesday at 7 p.m.
The church is located at 611 E. 53rd St., Anderson.
Bethany Baptist welcomes special guests
ANDERSON — Pastor Bob Adams and Bethany Baptist Church invite the public to hear Brother Jesse vonBergen teach Sunday school and Indiana Baptist College President Paul Reed to preach at the 11 a.m. morning service this Sunday.
They will be bringing a special music program as well. One of their specials will be with bells.
The address is 323 E. School St., Anderson.
Christmas musical planned at Glad Tidings
ANDERSON — The choir of Glad Tidings Assembly of God will present “Carols, Communion & Candles” Christmas Musical at 10:30 a.m. Sunday at the church at 815 School Street, Anderson.
The event will be directed by Lou Shelton.
Festival to include readings, music
ANDERSON — The Festival of Lessons, Carols and Candles will be held at 7 p.m. on Christmas Eve at East Lynn Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), 522 E. 53rd St., Anderson.
The service will include nativity scripture readings, special music and Holy Communion.
Lexi Fogle will serve as the candlebearer.
The Rev. Susan M. Cameron is senior minister.
'Spirit of Christmas' at First Baptist
ANDERSON — "Spirit of Christmas" will be presented by the Temple Choir and Music and Arts Department of the First Baptist Church of Anderson on Sunday at 6:30 p.m. on the Rodgers digital-pipe organ will be Herbert Harris and piano Pam Weir.
There will be audience participation in singing of carols, all under the direction of Alan Erwin.
The church is located at 907 N. Raible Ave., Anderson.
Park Place hosts Christmas Eve service
ANDERSON — Park Place Church of God will host its traditional Christmas Eve Candlelighting service at 6 p.m. Tuesday in the sanctuary at 501 College Drive, Anderson.
A New Year's Eve come-and-go communion service will be held Tuesday, Dec. 31, at 6 p.m. in the sanctuary.
Children present Christmas program at First Presbyterian
ANDERSON — First Presbyterian Church, 230 W. Ninth St., Anderson, will present the Children’s Christmas worship service this Sunday at 10:20 a.m.
The Steve Davisson family will be lighting the Advent candle, and the youth will tell the story of Emmanuel, God with us. Mehola Liturgical Dance Troupe will dance to "The Miracle of Christmas."
A "Happy Birthday Jesus" cake will be served in the parlor after the service.
Christmas services set at St. Matthew
ANDERSON — St. Matthew United Methodist Church, 1512 N. Madison Ave., Anderson, will host its Christmas celebration worship services beginning Sunday at 9:30 a.m. Pastor Mark Helm’s message will be entitled, “Belonging to Jesus” based on Romans 1:1-7.
The Sanctuary Choir, under the direction of Genell Keown, will sing “Joyful, Joyful to the World,” arranged by Jay Althouse and accompanied by pianist Chris Wagoner and a brass ensemble. Members of the brass ensemble include Anderson High School students Demetrius Peoples, Stephen Baker and Bryce Ancil, trumpets; Tyler Bouse, trombone; and Jacob Rowan, tuba.
The candlelight Christmas Eve service will begin at 7:30 p.m. with the prelude “Gesu Bambino” by Pietro Yon, played by flautist Sydney Hunt and pianist Chris Wagoner. The service of scriptures, carols and a meditation by the pastor will also include a solo, “Breath of Heaven,” by Jenna Helm.
Daleville Christian holding candlelight service
DALEVILLE — Daleville Christian Church will hold its annual candlelight Christmas Eve service on Tuesday at 4 and 8 p.m.
The church is located at 14220 W. Daleville Road, Daleville.
Trinity sets Christmas Eve services
ANDERSON — Trinity Episcopal Church, 1030 Brown-Delaware St., announces its Christmas Eve schedule.
A children’s party will be conducted Tuesday at 3:30 p.m. It is open to the public and will include light refreshments, storytelling, singing, games and crafts. Children will have an opportunity to visit and have a free photo taken with St. Nicholas. Children and their families will be invited to the family-oriented Christmas Eve service starting at 5 p.m. The service will include carols, a child-friendly recounting of the Christmas story, and Holy Eucharist.
The late night Christmas Eve service will begin at 10:30 p.m. with special musical arrangements for choir and organ. The Christmas Liturgy begins at 11 p.m. Leading the services will be the Rt. Rev. Bill Smalley, the retired Episcopal bishop of Kansas.
There will not be a Christmas Day service.
First Presbyterian plans Christmas Eve services
ANDERSON — First Presbyterian Church, 230 W. Ninth St., Anderson, will offer two services on Christmas Eve.
The Chancel Bells, Youth, Mehola & Chancel Choir will present the traditional service at 10:30 p.m. with "A Festival of Lessons and Carols."
There will be a 4 p.m. service in the parlor for families and those choosing to attend during daylight hours.
Christmas Eve night services will be held at 10:30 p.m. for special music, with a candlelight service at 11 p.m.
Christ Temple hosts Christmas program
ANDERSON — Christ Temple Church, 1610 W. 22nd St., Anderson, will host its annual Christmas program on Sunday at 5 p.m.
There will be singing by the choir, recitals and skits.
Summitville UMC plans candlelight service
SUMMITVILLE — Summitville United Methodist Church will hold its candlelight worship service on Christmas Eve at 9 p.m. at 600 e. Walnut St., Summitville.
Greenfield churches host Christmas Eve service
GREENFIELD — First Presbyterian Church and St. Paul’s Anglican Reformed Episcopal Church will celebrate a cooperative Christmas Eve service at 7 p.m. at 116 W. South St. in Greenfield.
Pastor John Paulson will officiate with Deacon-in-Training Grant Ford assisting this special event.
Cross Roads UMC to hold candlelight service
ANDERSON — Cross Roads United Methodist Church will hold a Christmas Eve candlelight service on Tuesday at 6:30 p.m.
There will be several people singing, the message will be delivered about the birth of Jesus, and Holy Communion will be served.