Holiday services: All are welcome

Published: 12/17/2021 10:02:01 AM
Ashfield

ASHFIELD CHURCHES TOGETHER (St. John’s Episcopal and the First Congregational Church) invite everyone to come together on the Ashfield Town Common on Sunday, Dec. 19, at 4 p.m. to sing seasonal carols and Christmas music from different traditions. This event will be outdoors, is free, and open to the public. Songbooks will be available, as well as hot chocolate around a small fire pit.

Athol

CHRISTMAS CAROLING IN VETERANS PARK, 101 Main St., Saturday, Dec. 18, at 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Sponsored by the Seventh Day Adventist Church of Athol.

ATHOL ORANGE BAPTISE CHURCH, 260 Walnut St; Athol. 978-249-8697

■Christmas Sunday Service, Dec. 19, 10 a.m.

■Christmas Eve Family Candlelight Service: Friday, Dec. 24, 6 to 7 p.m.

Bernardston

BERNARDSTON UNITARIAN CHURCH: Barry Deitz will lead the Holiday Service on Dec. 19, the Sunday before Christmas, at 11:30 a.m. in the 1739 Unitarian Meetinghouse, 49 Church St. Masks and vaccination required to attend. Lynne Walker will play favorite holiday music and Deitz will explore traditions around the world. The service will be carried on Zoom for those not vaccinated or just not able to attend. Text 413-330-0807 with your name and email if you wish to get a Zoom invitation for the Dec. 19 service.

Coffee hour starts at 11 a.m. and is hosted by Ginger Carson. The Women’s Group will celebrate the solstice on Zoom.

UNITED CHURCH OF BERNARDSTON: In addition to regular Sunday morning services on Dec. 19 and 26 (both in-person and online with Facebook live), the United Church of Bernardston will be holding an outdoor Christmas Eve service in the church parking lot on Dec. 24 at 6 p.m. The service will be a combination of singing Christmas carols and hearing the Christmas story from Luke and Matthew. The service will conclude with the singing of “Silent Night.” Each attendee will receive a small LED “tea light candle” to be lit during the singing of “Silent Night.” We are asking that people voluntarily wear masks for the gathering. The service is open to anyone who wishes to join us and will be family friendly (lasting for 20 to 30 minutes).

Charlemont

COMMUNITY CHRISTMAS GATHERING: A Living Nativity will take place on the lawn of the Federated Church on Route 2 in Charlemont on Sunday, Dec. 19, at 2 p.m. The festivities will include the Christmas story, a carol sing, and farm animals. This socially distanced event is open to everyone in the community. If the weather is bad or if public-health officials don’t allow outdoor gatherings at that point, the event will be canceled.

CHARLEMONT FEDERATED CHURCH, 175 Main St.

■Sunday, Dec. 19, at 2 p.m.: Living Nativity. Join us outside for the story of Jesus’ birth, a social distance carol sing and live farm animals. It promises to be a joyous event for the whole family. Masks and social distancing will be practiced. In the case of inclement weather, the event will be cancelled.

■Christmas Eve: Friday, Dec. 24, at 7:30 p.m. Traditional candlelight service with carols. Masks and social distancing required. Seating is limited in the sanctuary. Overflow seating and FM transmission will be available.

■Christmas Sunday, Dec. 26, at 9:30 a.m. Sunday worship comes alive with the joy of the Christmas season.

Colrain

SECOND BAPTIST CHURCH: Christmas Eve Carol Service at the Second Baptist Church up at Ed Clark Road, Colrain at 8 p.m,

Conway

CHRISTMAS EVE SERVICE: The United Congregational Church of Conway, UCC, will have Christmas Eve Service at the Conway Fire House Friday, Dec. 24, at 5 p.m. Welcome all, come as you are.

Deerfield and South Deerfield

HOLY FAMILY ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH, 29 Sugarloaf St. Christmas Mass schedule:

■Friday Dec. 24: 4 and 10 p.m. Mass at Midnight (both at Holy Family)

■Saturday Dec. 25: 9 a.m. (St. Mark’s, Conway); 9:30 a.m. (Holy Family)

Note: There is no 4 p.m. Mass on Dec. 25.

■Friday Dec. 31: 5 p.m. (Holy Family); Jan. 1: 9 a.m. (Holy Family)

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HOLY NAME OF JESUS PARISH, NATIONAL CATHOLIC CHURCH, 15 Thayer St., South Deerfield. Fr. Robert M. Koerber, Pastor.

■Friday, Dec. 24: Vigil of the Nativity

9 a.m. – Holy Mass of the Eucharist

9 p.m. - Christmas Eve Service (Pasterka) – Mass of the Shepherds

■Saturday, Dec. 25 - Solemnity of the Nativity of Our Lord

9 a.m. - Holy Mass of the Eucharist to celebrate the birth of our Lord

■Sunday, Dec. 26 - Solmenity of the Humble Shepherds

9 a.m. – Holy Mass of the Eucharist remembering the devotion of the humble shepherds

■Monday, Dec. 27 - Solemnity of Saint John, Apostle & Evangelist

9 a.m. – Holy Mass of the Eucharist with the blessing and distribution of wine to the faithful

■Tuesday, Dec. 28 - Feast of the Holy Innocents

9 a.m. – Holy Mass of the Eucharist to remember the holy martyred children of Bethlehem

■Friday, Dec. 31 – Solemnity of the Holy Family

9 a.m. – Holy Mass of the Eucharist to reflect on the family of Joseph, Mary and Jesus

■Saturday, Jan. 1 — Solemnity of the Circumsion of Our Lord

9 a.m. – Holy Mass of the Eucharist to recall when Jesus was presented in the Temple.

Gill

GILL CHURCH would like to invite everyone in the community to join its Christmas Eve service beginning at 5:30 p.m. Pastor Gary Bourbeau says, “We will gather at the beautiful white church at 6 Center Road in the center of Gill to celebrate the coming of our Lord and Savior through the singing of hymns with unmuffled voices and unconcealed joy. We believe that the purpose of Christmas is to recognize the fulfillment of God’s promise that Jesus’ birth, life and sacrifice brings us into fellowship with him as his children. We believe the gospel does not require tests for entry into where it is proclaimed, and the only mandate for entry into God’s kingdom is faith in the One we worship at this service and every Sunday morning at 9:30 a.m.

Greenfield

DANA VESPERS SERVICE: The Pioneer Valley Brass will be performing a program of traditional and modern seasonal music at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church on Long Avenue in Greenfield on Sunday, Dec. 19, at 4 p.m., sponsored by the First Universalist Parish of North Dana. This free public program is the 795th in a series of performances paid for through a trust fund set up when the First Universalist Parish of North Dana was forced to leave its church building in North Dana for the creation of the Quabbin Reservoir. For more information, call Maureen Riendeau at 978-413-6867.

FIRST UNITED METHODIST CHURCH, 25 Church St.

During this time of Advent and expectation, what does the Bible and “A Christmas Carol” by Charles Dickens have to teach us? First United Methodist Church looks at the religious aspects of this famous story as part of our continuing Advent series on Dec. 19 and Christmas Eve. Christmas Eve Service is at 6 p.m. Come experience the Redemption of Scrooge and learn how to Keep Christmas all year long. The Mutual Ministry Team leads the service with holiday music and meditations based on “A Christmas Carol” by Charles Dickens. Join us at 25 Church St., Greenfield for 10 a.m. worship service every Sunday. Masks are recommended.

BLESSED SACRAMENT CHURCH, 221 Federal St. 413-773-3311

The Mass for the Christmas Eve Vigil will be on Friday, Dec. 24, at 4 p.m. Special music will begin at 3:30 p.m.

The Mass for Christmas Day will be at 11 a.m.

The Mass for the Octave Day of the Nativity of the Lord; Solemnity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of God will be on Friday, Dec. 31 at 6 p.m.

HOLY TRINITY PARISH, 14 Beacon St.

The Mass Schedule for this Holiday Season is as follows.

Christmas Eve, 6 p.m.

Christmas Day: 9 a.m.

Solemnity of Mary: Jan. 1, at 10 a.m.

SECOND CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH, 16 Court Square.

■Tuesday, Dec. 21, 6:30 p.m.: Longest Night Service. Take a sacred pause in the sanctuary of Second Congregational Church for a contemplative service that will include candlelight, time for silent and spoken prayer, music for reflection, and the invitation to share laments and longings, as we look toward the promise of growing Light. Masks are required.

■New Year’s Eve, Friday, Dec. 31, 7 p.m. TAIZÉ. Join a virtual Zoom service of song, candlelight, and prayer, along with prayers for peace. Participants are invited to prepare their home sanctuary by creating a contemplative environment with candles, icons, etc. To obtain the link for the Taizé service, call or email Second Congregational Church: 413-774-4355, office@greenfieldsecondchurch.com

CHRIST CHURCH OF FRANKLIN COUNTY: Sunday, Dec. 19, fourth Sunday of Advent, worship at 10:30 a.m.

Friday, Dec. 24, Christmas Eve Service at 7 p.m. at The Grange, 401 Chapman St., Greenfield.

THE EPISCOPAL CHURCH OF SAINTS JAMES AND ANDREW, 8 Church St. in Greenfield. 413-773-3925

Attend worship in-person or virtually via Facebook: www.facebook.com/saintsjamesandandrew

■Christmas Eve:

Dec. 24 at 7 p.m. Prelude of Carols

Dec. 24 at 7:30 p.m . Holy Eucharist (featuring music)

■Christmas Day

Dec. 25 at 9 a.m. Holy Eucharist (spoken service)

■First Sunday of Christmas: Dec. 26 at 10 a.m. Lessons & Carols with Holy Eucharist

■Second Sunday of Christmas: Jan. 2 at 10 a.m. Holy Eucharist (featuring music)

ALL SOULS UNITARIAN CHURCH, 399 Main St., Greenfield.

On Sunday, Dec. 19, the Rev. Doug Wilson will preach at All Souls UU on “The Intersection of Christmas and Stuff.” He says, “Stuff is something I’ve been thinking about for quite a while, since I often contemplate whether Walmart, TicTok, and Amazon have taken over our country. I look forward to sharing my thoughts and feelings with you the Sunday before Christmas. Join us on Zoom or YouTube FranklinCountyUUs at 10:30 a.m. Unfortunately no service in the sanctuary.

LIVING WATERS ASSEMBLY OF GOD, 450 Davis St.

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■Sunday morning, Dec. 19, 10:30 a.m. to noon: Children/Teens Birthday Celebration for Jesus during the Adult worship service in the main sanctuary that begins at 10 a.m. Along with special talented adult singers, the children will share special songs during this service as well. There will be another Sunday before Christmas service at 6 pm.

■Monday, Dec. 20, 6:30 p.m. Ladies Cookie Exchange. Bring 3 dozen homemade cookies or candy to share. Coffee and cookie refreshments plus take home 2½ dozen variety of cookies. All ladies from everywhere are invited to attend and participate.

■Wednesday, Dec. 22: Pastor David Levandusky will be conducting the Wednesday Evening Pre-Christmas service with the emphasis on “Why We Should Celebrate Christmas.”

■Friday, Dec. 24 Christmas Eve service at 6:30 p.m., arranged by Mark Eaton with special music and a devotional time. Hot chocolate, cookies, and pastries served after the service.

■Saturday, Jan. 1: New Year’s Day Brunch, 10 a.m. Welcome the New Year with the church family fellowshipping together around a great agape love brunch. Anyone is welcome to come and share in the meal and fellowship together. Bring your prepared meal to share together.

ST. PAUL’S LUTHERAN CHURCH, 23 Long Avenue.

■On Sunday, Dec. 19, at 4 p.m., St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Greenfield will host the Pioneer Valley Brass Ensemble for the Dana Vesters. Masks are required.

■On Friday, Dec. 24, at 7:30 p.m., St. Paul’s will celebrate Christmas Eve with a candlelight service. Masks are required.

FIRST CHURCH OF CHRIST, SCIENTIST, 110 Federal St.

The First Church of Christ, Scientist, Greenfield, will hold its regular service on Sunday, Dec. 26, at 10:30 a.m. The Lesson-Sermon for that day is titled “Christian Science.” All are welcome to attend. For more information, call 413-773-9765.

Leverett

MOORE’S CORNER CHURCH will be celebrating the birth of the Son of God (God incarnate) on Sunday, Dec. 19, at 11 a.m. Everyone is welcomed to attend. Church Hill Road Leverett. Contact us through our website moorescornerchurch.com

Montague

FIRST CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH OF MONTAGUE UCC , 4 North St. Pastor James Koyama.

■Dec. 19, 10 a.m. In-person worship. The Peace candle of the Advent wreath will be lit by our veterans. The choir will perform the Christmas Cantata “Good News” by Natalie Sleeth. This will include singing of Christmas hymns with the congregation. Fellowship will follow.

■Dec. 24, 6:30 p.m. (Note new time). Family Worship featuring Lessons, Carols and Candlelight. The choir will perform “Baby Boy” and “On this Night.” The offering will benefit the Food Bank of Western Mass.

■Dec. 26, 10 a.m. in-person worship. An informal gathering featuring the sharing of favorite Christmas hymns and carols.

Northfield

FIRST PARISH OF NORTHFIELD, UNITARIAN: Lay reader Dan Tinen will lead the service Sunday, Dec. 19. All are welcome at the historic sanctuary on the corner of Parker Avenue and Main Street in Northfield. The service will also be available for remote videoconference via Zoom. Contact fpnorthfieldma@gmail to obtain the link for online access.

TRINITARIAN CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH will be doing caroling during worship on Dec. 19 at 10 a.m.

Christmas Eve services will begin with caroling outdoors at 6:45 p.m., followed by a contemplative service of Scripture and music indoors including a harpist and a soloist. We will close the evening singing “Silent Night.” Bring a flashlight for the outdoor singing. Masks and social distancing are required. We request that you are vaccinated or have a negative COVID test 48 hours before coming. We look forward to seeing you. The church is at 147 Main St. There will be no 10 a.m. service on Sunday, Dec. 26.

Orange

CENTRAL CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH OF ORANGE, 93 South Main St., offers three opportunities for worship every Sunday. A drive-in service at 9:15 a.m. in the church parking lot, a 10:15 a.m. service in the sanctuary and a 10:15 a.m. worship video on Facebook, YouTube and the church website (centralchurchorange.com).

Christmas Eve service will be held at 3 p.m. in the church parking lot. This service will include readings, singing, music, candles and some surprises. You may sit in your car, stand or bring a chair to sit outside of your car. There will also be a video worship service available for Christmas Eve. For more information, contact the Rev. Megan Leary at 978-544-6895 or RevMegan@aol.com

Shelburne and Shelburne Falls

THE FIRST CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH OF SHELBURNE will have in person worship service this Sunday, Dec. 19, the fourth Sunday of Advent. We require everyone to protect each other by wearing masks. On Christmas Eve, Friday, Dec. 24, we will celebrate with the traditional readings of the Christmas story, sing carols, and lighting of candles. The service begins at 7 p.m. in the church sanctuary. This year, the annual Christmas Pageant will be during the Sunday morning worship service on Dec. 26.

TRINITY CHURCH, 17 Severance St., Shelburne Falls: Christmas Eve Candlelight service Friday, Dec. 24, at 7 p.m. Holiday choir and “bringing out the baby” to the outdoor creche.

ST. JOSEPH CHURCH, ST. CHRISTOPHER MISSION, AND ST. JOHN THE BAPTIST. Fr. William Lunney.

■Dec. 24, Christmas Eve Mass

4 p.m. — Mass & Children’s Christmas Pageant, Saint John the Baptist

6:45 p.m. — Festival of Carols, Saint Joseph Church

7 p.m. — Christmas Eve Mass, Saint Joseph Church

■Dec. 25 — The Nativity of the Lord (Christmas) Mass

9 a.m. — Saint Joseph Church

■Dec. 31

9 a.m. — Saint Joseph Church

5:30 p.m. — Saint Joseph Church

■Jan. 1 — Solemnity of Mary, The Holy Mother of God

4 p.m. — Saint John the Baptist

6 p.m. — Saint Christopher Mission

Shutesbury

SHUTESBURY COMMUNITY CHURCH:

■Dec. 19: The songs of Mary and Zechariah: Praising God through the Christmas Season. Music will include traditional carols and contemporary Christian songs. Lighting of the Advent candles and special readings.

■Dec. 24 — Candlelight Service at 6:30 p.m. Readings from the Birth Story in the Gospel of Luke. Children’s sermon on the lights of Christmas. Music will include traditional carols and special songs.

■Dec. 26: Dedication of Jesus at the Temple: Anna and Simeon’s Reward. Traditional and contemporary music. Children’s Sunday school and nursery available (second and fourth Sundays of each month).

Sunderland

FIRST CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH OF SUNDERLAND, UCC, 91 South Main St.:

■On Saturday, Dec. 18, the Serendipity Shoppe will be open from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Also, a Christmas Cookie Sale will be held at the church from 1 to 3 p.m.

■On the Fourth Sunday of Advent, Dec. 19, worship Service will begin at 11 a.m. The Bell Choir will perform at this service as well as an interactive Christmas Pageant.

The online Bible study group will meet from 7 to 8 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 20. If you would like to join in, send an email to randyc1897@gmail.com for the login.

Turners Falls

OUR LADY OF CZESTOCHOWA CHURCH, 84 K St.413-863-4748.

■Tuesday, Dec. 21: The Blessing of the Christmas Trees will take place during the 5:30 p.m. Mass.

■Friday, Dec. 24: The Vigil Mass of Christmas Eve will begin at 4 p.m. with the Blessing of the Manger and the Christmas hay to await the coming of the Christ Child. After the Mass, which will be in English, the congregation, following an old Polish tradition, is welcome to take a memento of the Blessed hay for the centerpiece on their Christmas Eve dinner table.

The Midnight Mass of the Shepherds will begin at exactly midnight. It will, however, be introduced at 11:30 p.m. with a Concert of Christmas Music. As the bells ring at the midnight hour of Christmas morning, Dec. 25, the time of the birth of the Christ Child, a statue of the Infant Jesus will be blessed and carried in solemn procession around the church and then enshrined in the manger. The Mass will follow in English.

Pasterka is the name given to the Polish Midnight Mass. Pasterka means Shepherds Mass and it is filled with all the joy and pageantry the Polish people can muster for this holy commemoration of the moment when God became man. The crib is blessed, processions are held, the bells are rung and the music is at their best.

Spanish Mass For Christmas Day will be celebrated on Friday, Dec. 24, at 6 p.m.

■Saturday, Dec. 25: The Mass of Christmas Day will begin at 10:30 a.m. with the solemn proclamation of the birth of Christ and the solemn procession to the manger.

■Saturday, Jan. 1, is the Octave Day of the Nativity of the Lord and the Solemnity of Mary, the Holy Mother of God. Masses for the Holy Day will be offered on Friday, Dec. 31, at 4 p.m. and on Saturday, Jan. 1, at 10:30 a.m. Special prayers will be offered in thanksgiving for the past year and in supplication for blessings in the coming year.

Vernon, Vt.

VERNON (VT.) ADVENT CHRISTIAN CHURCH will “celebrate the child who is the light” this Christmas with two special services.

On Christmas Sunday, Dec. 19, at 10:30 a.m. , we will enjoy special music selections and Christmas hymns, followed by a Christmas meditation.

On the evening of the 19th, we will join the Vernon Union Church and Mountain View 7th Day Adventist Church in a carol sing and sharing, at 6 p.m. at the Vernon Union Church.

Then, on Christmas Eve, at 6:30 p.m., we will host our annual Carols and Candles, with traditional Christmas carols interspersed with Christmas Scripture readings and some special music selections.

Warwick

THE TRINITARIAN CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH OF WARWICK will hold a hybrid service on Christmas Eve at 6 p.m. Those who wish to join on Zoom should leave a message on the Chapel phone, 978-544-2630. There will be no 10 a.m. service on Sunday, Dec. 26.


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