Christmas Eve church services planned across York County

Update II: Many thanks for the response. It far exceeded my expectations. Apologies for stepping away from the blog for a few days. They sent me to Newtown and that was an unexpected trip for most of last week. I missed three services and here they are unedited:

Monaghan Presbyterian Church, 1185 Gettysburg Pike, Dillsburg, 5:30 p.m. Christmas Eve service for children and families. Traditional candlelighting services at 7:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.

Trinity United Methodist Church
101 North Second Street
New Freedom, PA 17349
‘A Very Dickens Christmas’
7pm Family Candlelight
9pm Candlelight Communion

Bethlehem United Methodist Church, 109 E. Main Street
Dallastown, PA 17313

SUBJECT: Christmas Eve Services At Bethlehem U. M. Church

Christmas Eve, Monday, December 24, 2012

NOON – Quiet Communion in the Church Prayer Room

Family Christmas Eve Service:
5:00 PM – The Children’s Hour – This service is unapologetically offered
to celebrate and enjoy the energy of our kids. It will be a shorter service
which will focus on the arrival of the Christ Child. Service includes

Contemporary Christmas Eve Service:
7:30 PM – Our Contemporary Service at Trinity Life Center will focus on
the arrival of Jesus – God’s gift as the one who comes down from Heaven -
but who is destined to return to his heavenly throne with the promise of the
Second Coming. Join the Praise Team for song and message. Trinity Life
Center is located at 16 S. Charles St., Dallastown, located directly behind
Glatfelter Furniture Store. Service includes candle-lighting.

Traditional Candlelight Christmas Eve Service:
10:30 PM – The Traditional Worship – will feature the Chancel Choir presenting
the Cantata “Night of Wonder”. Service includes candle-lighting.

Posted earlier:

I need your help. Christmas Eve is coming up fast and I know most churches in York County are having services that Monday night.

My plan is to list them all here. Then we will link to it from other places and publicize it through social media and the like.

For that, I need all the churches and pastors reading this to send me your info. Send your info to, or add it to the comments here.

Thanks in advance.

Update: Tremendous response in a few hours. I ran out of time this week. Anyone who sent in Christmas Eve services that didn’t get posted here yet, I will resume posting on Monday morning. Plenty of time to get the word out before the big day, I think. — John

Here is what I have so far:

Grace Baptist Church, 3920 East Prospect Road, Windsor Township, Candlelight Christmas Eve service at 7 p.m. The service will be conducted by Rev. Steve Warner. For details, call the church at 755-0091. 

Harmony Grove Community Church, 6390 Harmony Grove Road, Dover Township, annual Candlelight service at 6 p.m. For details, visit 

Newberrytown Church of God, 2290 Old Trail Road, Newberry Township, Christmas Eve service at 7 p.m. The service will include the lighting of the Christ Candle, special music, children’s story, candlelighting, etc. For details, call the church at 938-1597. 

Calvary Bible Church, 603 Wilson Ave., Penn Township, Christmas Eve Communion service at 5 p.m. For details, call 632-3954 or visit
Mount Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church, 2164 Mount Zion Road, Springettsbury Township, Candlelight service at 4 p.m. Festival service at 7 p.m. Candlelight service at 10:30 p.m. All services include Holy Communion. For details, call the church at 757-7626. 

Bethlehem Steltz Reformed Church, 5898 Steltz Road, Codorus Township, Christmas Eve Choral program begins at 6:30 p.m.and features “First Christmas” by Joe Parks. Everyone is welcome to come and celebrate the birth of Christ. Fellowship and refreshments follow the service. For details, call the church at 235-1523. 

Locust Grove United Church of Christ, 1035 Locust Grove Road, Windsor Township, Christmas Eve service at 7 p.m. This will be a candlelight service and will include Holy Communion. 

Fishing Creek Salem United Methodist Church, 402 Valley Road, Fairview Township,will hold six Christmas Eve services. Two services will be at 5 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall led by the Informal Worship Team with the Youth Choir singing. There will be another service in the Sanctuary with Holy Communion and music by the ensemble. Two services at 7 p.m. will be in the original 1800’s Chapel and in the Sanctuary with the Adult and Children’s Choir. The 9 p.m. service will be in the Fellowship Hall and will include Holy Communion. The 11 p.m. service will be in the Sanctuary with Holy Communion and special music. All of the services will end with candlelighting. For details, call 938-1928. 

Otterbein United Methodist Church of Spry, 50 School St., York Township, Family Christmas Eve worship service at 7 p.m. The children’s Choir will sing and there will be a special visit from Santa Claus. The Traditional Candlelight Christmas Eve service with Holy Communion will be at 11 p.m.Everyone is invited to attend. For details, call 741-1429. 

Church of the Open Door, 8 Carlisle Court, West Manchester Township, Christmas Eve Candlelight services at 4, 6 (nursery provided), and 8 p.m. (no nursery provided). For details, call 767-6491.
Immanuel United Methodist Church, 1 New St., Glen Rock, Christmas Eve service at 7 p.m. and a Carol Sing at 9 p.m. at Glen Rock Mill Inn, 50 Water St. For details, call the church at 235-1915. 

St. Peter’s Church, 1708 Seitzville Road, Shrewsbury Township. Candlelight service at 9 p.m. with communion.

St. Patrick Catholic Church, 231 S. Beaver St., York. Christmas Eve services at 4:30, 7 and 10 p.m. Masses on Christmas Day at 9 and 11 a.m.
New Creation Community Church, 3005 Emig Mill Road, Dover.Christmas Eve services at 7 and 10 p.m. 

Lewisberry United Methodist Church, 309 Market St., Lewisberry. Christmas Eve service with candlelighting at 7 p.m. The Inn Keeper’s wife will retell the story of Jesus’ birth.

St. Paul’s Wolf’s Evangelical Covenant Church, 4501 Wolf’s Church Road, York. Christmas Eve lessons and carols at 7 p.m. Candlelight service with communion at 10:30 p.m.

Kreutz Creek Presbyterian Church, 85 Old Church Lane, Hellam Township. Gathering music — violin, cello and piano — begins at 6:30 p.m. Service by candlelight, with carols and communion begins at 7 p.m.

St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, 1240 Broadway, Hanover. A worship service for families of all ages will be at 6:45 p.m. and a there will be a candlelight service at 10:45 p.m. Both services begin with a prelude of special music celebrating the nativity of the Lord and include Holy Communion.

Episcopal Church of St. John the Baptist, 140 N. Beaver St., York.
Christmas lessons and carols at 10 a.m. Dec. 23; Christmas Eve: Christmas pageant and family eucharist, 4:30 p.m.; Christmas music, featuring the St. John’s choirs under the direction of Rodney Barnett, 10:30 p.m.; Festival choral eucharist at 11 p.m. Christmas Day: Eucharist with carols at 10 a.m.

Emmanuel United Church of Christ, 124 Broadway, Hanover. Christmas Eve service begins with special music at 10:30 p.m. Vocalists accompanied by Don Horneff, director of music/organist. Followed by a worship service with Holy Communion at 11 p.m.

Faith Fellowship, 530 Mulberry St., Spring Garden Township. Christmas Eve service at 5 p.m.

St. Paul United Methodist Church, 4360 Board Road, East Manchester Township. A 7:30 p.m. Christmas Eve service with a band performance beginning at 7. And an 11 p.m. communion service.

First Church of the Brethren, 2710 Kingston Road, Springettsbury Township. A traditional Christmas Eve candlelight service will be held at 7 p.m. Music includes the chancel and children’s choirs and vocal and brass solos. The Christmas message is, “Love: Unwrapping Christmas” based on Isaiah 7:14.

Shiloh United Church of Christ, 2251 Willow Road, West Manchester Township. A Christmas Eve family service will be held at 6:30 p.m. The Cherub and Youth Choir will sing. The story of Christ’s birth will be told by the Cherub Choir and The Puppet Ministry. There will be a candlelight Service at 11 p.m. with the adult choirs participating. The service will end with traditional candle lighting in a darkened church.

Locust Grove United Church of Christ, 1035 Locust Grove Road, Windsor Township. A candle light Christmas Eve service with Holy Communion at 7 p.m.

St. David’s Evangelical Congregational Church, 2411 Oakland Road, Dover Township. Christmas Eve candlelight services with the message: “Jesus-The Light of the World” at 7 and 9:30 p.m. Traditional carols and hymns, with special music by the St. David’s family.

Messiah United Methodist Church, 1300 N. Beaver St., York. Christmas Eve services at
4, 7 and 11 p.m. Luminary candles with “light the way” for all services. Holy Communion will be offered at 11 p.m. All three services will end with candle lighting.

St John Evangelical Lutheran Church, 175 E. Main St., New Freedom. A children’s eucharist scheduled for 7 p.m. The traditional candlelit eucharist scheduled for 11 p.m.

Lighthouse Baptist Church, 5005 Carlisle Road, Dover Township. The music and drama ministries present “A World Upside Down.” The Lighthouse Choir and Orchestra will provide a free dramatic account of the birth of Jesus at 6 p.m. Music begins at 5:30 p.m.

Pathway Community Church, 2000 Loucks Road, West Manchester Township. Classic Christmas celebration at the Holiday Inn. It starts at 6 p.m. with Christmas desserts, then the program starts at 6:30 p.m. It includes carols, stories solos, art, and more.

Grace Fellowship Church, 74 E. Forrest Ave, Shrewsbury. Program titled, “Prepare Him Room – Setting Pace for a Joy Filled Christmas.” Service times are 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. (Child care for ages 6 and under at 4 p.m. only).

St. Paul Lutheran Church, 201 S. Main St., Spring Grove. Following Christmas Eve schedule: children’s service, 4 p.m.; candlelight vespers, 8 p.m.; candlelight Christ – mass, 10:30 p.m.

Advent Lutheran Church, 1775 E. Market St., York. Christmas Eve
services are: children and families service, 4 p.m.; candlelight Holy
Communion with sermon, 8 p.m.; and a candlelight proclamation and Holy
Communion at 11 p.m.

Zion (Shaffer’s) United Lutheran Church, 4535 Shaffer Road, Codorus Township. Nativity organ recital, 6:30 p.m., Holy Eucharist with candlelighting, and liturgy sung to Christmas carols at 7 p.m.

Grace United Methodist Church, 37 N. Broad St., York. 7 p.m. services.

St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, 128 S. Belvidere Ave., York. 7 p.m. services.

Calvary United Methodist Church, 11 N. Richland Ave., York. 7 and 10:30 p.m. services.

Unitarian Universalist Congregation of York, 925 South George St., York. Vespers service, 4:30 p.m.; family service, 7 p.m.; candlelight service, 9 p.m.

Roman Catholic Diocese of Harrisburg, Bishop Joseph P. McFadden will celebrate Christmas Midnight Mass at St. Patrick Cathedral, 212 State St., Harrisburg.

St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church, 201 S. Main St., Spring Grove, Christmas Eve Children’s service at 4 p.m. Candlelight Vesper’s service at 8 p.m. Candlelight service of Word and Sacrament at 10:30 p.m. 

St. Alban Anglican Church, 505 N. George St., North York, Christmas Eve service at 10 p.m. For details, call Rev. Barry Yingling at 848-1099. 

Prospect United Methodist Church, 8 Orchard Road, Fawn Township, Christmas Eve service at 7 p.m. All are invited to attend this traditional candlelight service to celebrate the birth of Jesus. 

Longstown United Methodist Church, 2975 Carol Road, Springettsbury Township, Christmas Eve Candlelight service at 7 p.m. 

Holy Infant Catholic Church, 34 Third St. York Haven. Mass at 4, 6:30 and 11 p.m. The first service is children-focused.

St. Paul United Methodist Church, 4360 Board Road, Manchester. Family candlelight service at 7:30 p.m. (St. Paul Band will open with hymns at 7 p.m.). Candlelight service with communion at 11 p.m.

Heidelberg United Church of Christ, 47 W. Philadelphia St., York. Services at 9 p.m., with an organ recital starting at 8:40 p.m. Music by the Heidelberg choir and soloists.

St. Joseph Church, 2935 Kingston Road, Springettsbury Township. Four Christmas Eve masses, all with different choirs, at 4, 6:30, 9 and 11 p.m.

Church of the Immaculate Conception, 309 S. George St., York. Mass at 5:30 p.m. in English and 9 p.m. in Spanish. The traditional midnight Mass of Christmas will begin with readings and caroling at 11:30 p.m., with the Mass beginning at midnight.

Salem Lutheran Church, 99 York Road, Jacobus. Christmas Eve worship at 7:30 and 10:30 p.m.

Saint Paul Lutheran Church, 250 Trinity Road, West Manchester Township. A family service at 7 p.m. proceeded by Prelude and a live Nativity and a service with full choir and Holy Communion at 10 p.m. Both are candlelight services with the darkened singing of “Silent Night.”

Stewartstown Presbyterian Church, 14 College Ave., Stewartstown. Christmas Eve service with celebration of Holy Communion at 7:30 pm. For more information, call the church office at 993-6278.

St. Paul United Church of Christ, 161 S. Main St., Shrewsbury. At 7 p.m. with a traditional service of carols, candlelight and communion, which is open to all. Pastor Elmer W.V. Scofield will bring the message.

St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, 947 N. George St., North York. Carol communion service at 5 p.m. Traditional candlelight communion service beginning with special music at 10 p.m.

Water’s Edge United Methodist Church, 469 Ables Road, Lower Windsor Township. Family celebration worship at 7 p.m. Candlelight worship at 10 p.m.

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Stewartstown United Methodist Church, 26 S. Main St., Stewartstown, a live nativity drama will be staged on the lawn at 7:30 p.m. The 25 minute drama will include carol singing and candle lighting. The audience is encouraged to bring blankets or lawn chairs. All are welcome to attend. For details, call the music ministry office at 993-2507, ext. 1.

About John Hilton

I grew up in Susquehanna County, Pa. and graduated Syracuse University with a dual degree in journalism/political science in 1998. After working for nearly three years for a weekly paper in upstate New York, I came to southcentral Pennsylvania. I spent 13 years as a reporter and editor for The Sentinel in Carlisle and joined the York Daily Record as religion reporter in September 2011.
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10 Responses to Christmas Eve church services planned across York County

  1. Rev. Skip Nizinski (Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, York) says:

    Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 2121 Roosevelt Ave., York, candlelight Christmas Eve service at 7 p.m. Call 764-4746 for further information.

  2. Larry Smith says:

    Mt. Zion United Church of Christ, 12 North Main Street, Spring Grove:
    Carols, Candlelight, and Communion at 7:00 p.m. “No matter who you are, or where you are on life’s journey, you’re welcome here” at Mt. Zion UCC!

  3. York Springs United Methodist Church will be holding a traditional Christmas candle light service. This will include Christmas hymns, Scripture, a message, and communion open to all. Our address is 840 Trolley Rd York Springs PA 17372. Contact Pastor Bill at 717-528-4870 for more information.
    Thank you,
    Bill McNeal

  4. Christmas Eve candlelight worship begins at 7pm. Christmas Day worship is at 9am.

  5. Our Christmas Eve Candlelight service is at 7:00. There is always music music music. We have Choir music, solists Danny Sullivan and Linda Smith, a great sermon, and wonderful fellowship. We are Carpenter’s Workshop Fellowship, 57 Church Street, Seven Valleys. 717-428-2960. God bless,
    Pastors Gerry and Kay

  6. Quickel Lutheran Church, 60 Canal Road Ext, York, PA 17406, 266-4169,
    Dec 24: 11am Family Christmas Eve Holy Communion service with lessons and carols, 7:30pm Candlelight service with prelude music at 7pm. Dec 25: 9am Christmas PJ party. Take time from unwrapping and meal preparation, come in your pajamas, and bring Jesus into the center of your celebration. 1/2 hour informal service.

    For everyone who enjoys Christmas in the presence of children. ALL are welcome at this service. A casual service that includes the “telling” of the story of Jesus’ birth with Christmas carols interspersed. The children of St. James will be entering into the “telling of the story” in costume as the story unfolds.
    CANDLELIGHT, MUSIC, AND COMMUNION SERVICE 11:00 p.m. Traditional candle-light, music-filled service with Holy Communion. Invite your family and friends to this service and experience the “real meaning of Christmas,” the nativity of Jesus Christ our Lord. As the service ends it will be Christmas Day and we will rejoice at the coming of our Lord.

  8. Christ Lutheran Church says:

    Christ Lutheran Church
    Dallastown, PA
    126 W. Main St
    Christmas Eve Services
    5:00 p.m. Early Family Service, we will have an opportunity for your children to be part of a living Nativity.
    6:30 p.m. Pre-Service Music
    7:00 p.m. Candelight Communion Service. The nursery will be open for this service.
    9:30 p.m. Pre-Service Music
    10:00 p.m. Candlelight Communion Service

  9. Providence Presbyterian Church, 1215 Church Road, York, PA 17404, Christmas Eve candlelight service at 6 p.m.

  10. Providence Presbyterian Church, 1215 Church Road, York; Christmas Eve candlelight service at 6 p.m. All are welcome!

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