The Children’s Christmas Candlelight worship service at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church will be at 4:30 p.m. Sunday, December 18, in the Sanctuary.
People of all ages are encouraged to attend this service led by the Children’s Choirs as children read and enact the Christmas story and everyone sings carols and lights 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 distribute 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. The St. Paul's Youth Strings will be directed by Antoine Plante.
“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.