The Children’s Christmas Candlelight worship service at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church will be at 4:30 p.m. Sunday, December 22, in the Sanctuary.
Especially for children and their families, the service features children reading and enacting the Christmas story, the singing of carols by all, and the lighting of individual candles. People of all ages, with or without children, are invited to attend.
“The service is a wonderful opportunity for children to practice being worship leaders,” said Ellen Edwards, Director of Children’s Ministries. The children serve as ushers, greet worshippers, and hand them bulletins and candles. The young readers make the announcements, pray the offering prayer, and tell the Nativity story. From the altar candles, Acolytes pass the light into the congregation while worshipers sing “Silent Night.”
“Every role is highly valued, and children learn that they have gifts to offer in the worshiping community,” said Edwards. “The congregation always includes many people without children of their own since the service is so reverent and beautiful.”
Even the youngest are welcome to the service, and childcare also is provided in the Jones Building across the plaza from the Sanctuary.
For photographs from last year's Children's Christmas Candlelight Service, please go to the Photo Galleries in the Media Center.
At 5501 Main Street, St. Paul’s United Methodist Church worships in the modified English Gothic structure on the corner of Main and Binz/Bissonnet, across from the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. The church is within one block of both Museum District MetroRail stops, and free parking is available in two lots across Fannin Street from the church.