ALL HANDS ON “DECK-ORATING”! @ First Presbyterian Church (Main Sanctuary)
Dec 7 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm


Mark your calendars! Not only will the Trustees have a 30 Yard dumpster available to help clean our beautiful church buildings, but the Worship & Music Team needs people to help decorate. Here are some of the items on the Decorating “Honey-do” List:

The Angel Tree at First Presbyterian Church

  • Everything up from the basement
  • Tree decorating
  • Wreath hanging on doors – in & out
  • Check batteries on personal candles for Christmas Eve services
  • Change banners
  • Change paraments – Advent (purple) with white underneath
  • Put up shelves in chancel for poinsettias
  • Display creche on communion table
  • Bring up candle staves through hole in the floor in the rear of the sanctuary
  • Bolt staves to pews
  • Put candles & wreaths on staves
  • Hang roping in chancel
  • Hang star in chancel
Please contact Elder Rosemary Schultz to let her know you’re coming at Donuts and coffee provided along with great fellowship!
Christmas Eve 4:00pm Children’s Christmas Cantata
Dec 24 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Christmas Eve 4:00pm Children's Christmas Cantata

Christmas Worship Service for Families with Young Ones and Those Young at Heart!

The Children’s Choirs, first to eighth graders, under the direction of Elsa Hahn and accompanied by Ann Weeks, will present the annual children’s Christmas Cantata. All families with children of any age are invited to enjoy this special, child-centered worship service. Come as you are!

The cantata is called “The Little Bell Who Wouldn’t Stop Ringing”.  All the cast members are handbells, except for Little Bell, who is an  animal bell.  Baaaaah!  Little Bell rings all the time, which drives the other bells crazy!  But once they find out why he rings all the time–because he saw the special baby that has come to save us–they all realize that they want to ring, too!
Christmas Eve 8:00pm Traditional Worship Service
Dec 24 @ 8:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Christmas Carols by Candlelight at First Presbyterian Church of Cranford, NJ

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 Elsa Hahn, and accompanied by organist Robert Grube.  Soloist Lynn Pinto will perform O Holy Night. During the final hymn, “Silent Night, Holy Night”, the lights will be dimmed and candlelight will fill the Sanctuary.

Christmas Eve 11:00 pm Worship Service with Holy Communion
Dec 24 @ 11:00 pm – Dec 25 @ 12:00 am

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