Carols, Children and Christmas by Candlelight at First Presbyterian Church of Cranford

Christmas Worship Opportunities at First Presbyterian Church

December 9 at 5:00pm: A Service of Healing and Hope

On December 9th from 5:00–5:45pm, there will be a Service of Healing and Hope, sponsored by the “Journey to Wholeness-Healing the Grieving Heart” program. Recognizing that for many people, the holiday season may be difficult and painful due to loss of loved ones, we invite the community to a special service of Healing and Hope.  This service will feature prayer, poems, music, and a candlelight remembrance for our loved ones.  We will also have an opportunity to gather in community to receive comfort from one another. We are handicapped accessible.

December 23 at 10:00am: “A Ceremony of Lessons and Carols” by the Chancel Choir

The Chancel Choir, under the direction of Alison Ruth Nead and accompanied by Robert Grube, will present a special Christmas Cantata “A Ceremony of Lessons and Carols” arranged by Anna Laura Page and Jean Anne Shafferman. Beloved seasonal scripture readings are interspersed with carols that include a touch of Handel and Bach.

The Chancel Choir getting ready for the Christmas Cantata

December 24 at 4:00pm: Children’s Christmas Pageant “Christmas Special Delivery”

More than 25 children from first to eighth grade, under the direction of Elsa Hahn and accompanied by Ann Weeks, will present the annual children’s Christmas pageant entitled “Christmas Special Delivery”, arranged by Mark Brymer and Mark Bernthal.

Children’s Christmas Performance

December 24 at 8:00pm: Traditional Family Worship with Candlelight

Pastor J. Christian Kile will lead a traditional Christmas Eve service with plenty of familiar Christmas carols, perfect for families and all those who wish to celebrate with full choirs and organ music.  Music will be led by the Chancel Choir, directed by Alison Ruth Nead and accompanied by organist Robert Grube.  During the final hymn, “Silent Night, Holy Night”, the lights will be dimmed and candelight will fill the Sanctuary.

The Bell Choir in Red Robes for Christmas

December 24 at 11:00pm: Candlelight Service with Holy Communion

At 11pm there will be a moving and beautiful candlelight service.  Holy Communion is open to all baptized Christians. The service ends with dimming of the lights and the singing of “Silent Night, Holy Night” by candlelight.

December 31 at 10:30pm: New Year’s Eve Labyrinth Walk

From 10:30pm though midnight, there will be a Labyrinth walk. This calming and meditative event will help prepare hearts and minds for the coming year.

Why go to church on Christmas Eve?

Some find a place to belong, a community, a church family. Some find solace in silent prayers, or prayers said aloud for loved ones ill or in crisis. Reasons for going to church are all different. There is no coincidence that you have come through the doors searching for something. We welcome you to experience the joy of Christmas at First Presbyterian Church of Cranford, NJ.