THE LONGEST NIGHT A Blue Christmas Service Click here to view
The Longest Night Service (also known as Blue Christmas) marks the winter solstice – the day with the shortest period of daylight and longest night of the year. This contemplative service acknowledges that the Christmas season is not necessarily “the most wonderful time of the year” for everyone. The Longest Night service welcomes both the light and the dark of Christmas season and offers hope in the midst of sorrow. Join us for this soothing balm to the plastic atmosphere of “the holidays.”
Our Christmas Eve Family Service goes virtual this year with carol singing and “’Twas the Night Before Christmas”—the story of Mrs. Mouse, who learns the real meaning of Christmas. The service will be available anytime after 5 PM Christmas Eve.
SILENT NIGHT Christmas Eve at 6:30 PM
Join us for a very brief worship service outside at the church or in the warmth of your own home.
If you are joining us in person:
Weather permitting, we will gather outside, in a semicircle around the front door of the church. Please be very cautious when driving to the parking lot, as worshipers may be walking or standing in the driveway.
Please wear a mask and plan to stay at least 6 feet from anyone not in your household. If you are not feeling well, have any symptoms of COVID, or have been exposed to someone who is ill, please stay home.
Dress warm! We’ll be standing outdoors for 10 or 15 minutes.
What to bring:
A candle – A real candle (and matches) or a battery operated candle. Since we will be outdoors and there may be some wind, a jar candle might be a good choice.
The lyrics for “Silent Night”. You can download the lyrics here.
A bell to ring, if you have one, to ring at the end of the service.
If you are joining us from home:
You can download the order of worship here, and worship with us at the same time in the warmth of your own home.
We will attempt to livestream the service onFacebook, but the video quality may be poor because it will be dark out. The audio should be adequate, however.
At the appointed time, we will invite you to go outdoors with your candle for the singing of “Silent Night”, and conclude the service by ringing your bell.
A SERVICE OF LESSONS AND CAROLS December 24 at 7 PM The New England Conference's Bishop Devadhar and his Cabinet will be sharing a prerecorded Christmas Eve worship service of Candlelight Lessons and Carols. This virtual time of prayer, scripture, and music features participants from all over the Conference. The video will be available for viewing here by 7 PM on Christmas Eve.