The Children’s Christmas Candlelight worship service will be on Sunday, December 16, at 4:30 pm in the Sanctuary. People of all ages are invited to attend this service led by the Children’s Choirs, as children also read and re-enact the Christmas story.
This service begins with St. Paul’s Youth Strings, an ensemble of seven violinists, four cellists, and two violists from age five to high school, directed by Antoine Plante.
In addition to leading congregational music, the Children’s Choirs sing carols such as Once in Royal David’s City, featuring a soloist in the tradition established in 1919 by the King’s College Chapel Cambridge.
The service concludes with the acolytes passing light from the altar candles into the congregation while worshipers sing Silent Night.
Emulating the Wise Men, attendees are asked to bring to the altar gifts of food, clothing, toys, or money to be distributed though the Emergency Aid Coalition and other outreach ministries.
“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.”