Christmas isn’t the holiest day on the Christian calendar, but it is a season of celebration, worship and joy for Christ-followers. Many area churches add services, some with special themes, during Christmas week.
Here are a few:
▪ Members of All Saints United Methodist Church in Raleigh will welcome Christmas once again this year with special services inside a barn. Cider will be served before worship, and participants will be seated in the barn on bales of hay arranged stadium-style. Farm animals will share the barn with guests.
Organizers say having Christmas Eve services in a barn is a nod to the first Christmas. This is the sixth year the barn at Page Farms, 6100 Mount Herman Road in Raleigh, will be the host site.
There are three opportunities to worship inside the barn: at 3:30 p.m., 5:30 p.m., and 7:30 p.m. The 3:30 p.m. service generally welcomes the most children. The congregation and the choir will join together to sing Christmas carols, and the Christmas story will be told and celebrated.
▪ Southbridge Fellowship will host its first Christmas Eve services in its new worship location – Pine Hollow Middle School, 5365 Bertram Place, off Leesville Road in Raleigh. Services will take place at 3 p.m., 4:30 p.m. and 6 p.m.
Tickets are required for the services and are available for free on the church’s website at southbridgefellowship.com/christmas.
Southbridge Fellowship is the congregation that used to meet at the Brier Creek movie theater.
▪ Unity of the Triangle will celebrate Christmas in its new worship space. A Christmas Eve candlelight service will begin at 6 p.m. Dec. 24. On Christmas Day the congregation will host a potluck that begins with appetizers at 2 p.m. and dinner at 3 p.m. Participants are asked to bring a dish to share. There will be a service on Christmas night at 6 p.m.
Unity’s new, permanent location is at 5570 Munford Road, near the Pleasant Valley Promenade Shopping Center in Raleigh. Unity honors all faiths and traditions with services focusing on affirmative prayer, meditation and music.
▪ Hope Lutheran Church in Wake Forest will offer five services on Christmas Eve, at 3 p.m., 5 p.m., 7 p.m., 9 p.m. and 11 p.m.
The first two services will be geared toward families with younger children. The 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. services will be by candlelight and feature a children’s message and Christmas hymns. The 11 p.m. service is a traditional, candlelight service with holy communion.
Hope Lutheran Church is located at 3525 Rogers Road, Wake Forest.
▪ The Diocese of Raleigh will host Christmas Eve services in multiple locations. Mass will be said at 4 p.m. at Sacred Heart Cathedral, at the Cathedral School and at the downtown Holiday Inn. Mass at 6 p.m. will be at the Cathedral and the Holiday Inn, and a 7:30 p.m. mass will be said in Spanish at the Holiday Inn. There is also a midnight mass at the Cathedral.
The front doors of the cathedral face 200 Hillsborough St. in downtown Raleigh.
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