The Children’s Christmas Candlelight worship service will be at 4:30 p.m. Sunday, December 20, in the Sanctuary.
People of all ages, with or without children, are invited to attend this service that features children reading and enacting the Christmas story, the singing of carols by all, and the lighting of individual candles.
“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. “Because this service is so reverent and beautiful, the congregation always includes many people without children of their own.”
Even the youngest are welcome to the service though childcare also is provided in the Jones Building across the plaza from the Sanctuary.