Three Options for Christmas Eve Worship at First Presbyterian Church of Cranford

December 24 at 4:00pm: Children’s Christmas Cantata

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.

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 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.

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. 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.

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 seek a place to belong, a community, a church family. Some seek solace in silent prayers, or prayers said aloud for loved ones ill or in crisis. Some seek peace in the nostalgia of familiar carols and hymns. What draws one to First Pres Cranford will differ by individual.  What you leave with will be the peace and love of Jesus Christ, and the hope of a new beginning. We welcome you to experience the joy and hope of Christmas at First Presbyterian Church of Cranford, NJ.