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.
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 email@example.com, 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:
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.
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.