St. James’ Christmas celebration begins at 4:30 on Christmas Eve with our joyful and child friendly children’s pageant. The lights in the church are dimmed and we give Adults and older children 100% beeswax candles to hold during the pageant, Holy Communion, and the singing of Silent Night at the end of the service. During the pageant we have a few assigned roles (Mary, Joseph, baby Jesus and the wise men), but any child who attends is welcome to join the pageant as animals, shepherds, or angels. In between familiar Christmas carols and short readings there will be periodic invitations to come to the back of the church, be helped into one of our many costumes and come forward to join the nativity scene. Small or shy children may bring their parent up with them as needed. At the end of the pageant we pause for photos and resume the service with a short homily and Holy Communion. We hope that your family is able to join ours to celebrate the birth of our Savior.
Our second service starts at 9:00 pm on Christmas Eve, and is characterized by solemn joy and peace. We begin in a darkened church lit by hand held beeswax candles and welcome the Christ Child with songs and carols, readings and Holy Communion. It is contemplative and joyful, expectant and peaceful. This is our most traditional service. Shelly Franklin, our Worship Music Leader, leads the congregational singing. Like our 4:30 pm service we end with the singing of Silent Night by candle light. Young and old and every age in between are all welcome.
Our third Christmas service is at 9:30 Christmas morning. It is a quiet, casual, and peaceful way to begin Christmas Day. It started with one family who wanted to celebrate on Christmas day instead of Christmas Eve but has grown into a joyful alternative or addition to our evening services as it fits in just after stockings but before Christmas brunch or other Christmas Day plans. Like our other services, Eucharist is celebrated. All who have been baptized in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit are welcome to join in communion at the table, and anyone may come forward for a blessing.