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Special holiday religious services

ADDISON COUNTY — Several Addison County churches have set their schedule for special Christmas events and services.
BRANDON
Brandon Baptist Church will have a candlelight Christmas Eve service on Monday, Dec. 24, at 7 p.m.
St. Mary’s Parish will hold a Christmas Eve service Monday, Dec. 24, at 7 p.m. There will also be a Christmas Day Mass, Tuesday, Dec. 25, at 10 a.m.
St. Thomas & Grace Episcopal Church will hold a Christmas Eve service at Grace Church on Route 73 in Forest Dale Monday, Dec. 24, at 7 p.m.
The Brandon Congregational Church will hold its annual candlelight service on Christmas Eve, Monday, Dec. 24, at 7:30 p.m.
BRIDPORT
The Bridport Congregational Church will hold a Christmas Eve candlelight service Monday, Dec. 24, at 7 p.m. There will be a Christmas celebration service Tuesday, Dec. 25, at 11 a.m.
BRISTOL
The First Baptist Church of Bristol will hold its Christmas Eve family candle-lighting service with carols and readings on Monday, Dec. 24, at 7 p.m.
St. Ambrose Roman Catholic Church will host Christmas Eve Masses on Monday, Dec. 24, at 5:15 and 9 p.m.; and a Christmas Day Mass on Tuesday, Dec. 25, at 9 a.m.
CHARLOTTE
The Charlotte Congregational Church on Monday, Dec. 24, at 5:30 p.m. will hold a Christmas Eve service of story and carols for the whole family, accompanied by the Junior Choir and bells. A traditional candlelight service with the Adult Choir will follow at 8 p.m.
CORNWALL
The First Congregational Church of Cornwall will hold a Christmas Eve candlelight service of lessons and carols on Monday, Dec. 24, at 7 p.m. And Dec. 30 will be a mission-worship service, consisting of mission opportunities in and out of the church building; gather at the church at 9:30 a.m.
EAST MIDDLEBURY
The East Middlebury United Methodist Church will hold a Christmas Eve service of lessons and carols on Monday, Dec. 24, at 5 p.m.
FERRISBURGH
Ferrisburgh United Methodist Church (the “Little Brown Church”) will hold a Christmas Eve service Monday, Dec. 24, at 7 p.m.
The Crossroads Chapel will hold its annual Christmas pageant, “O Come Emmanuel,” and a Christmas carol sing-along on Christmas Eve, Monday, Dec. 24, at 4 p.m. Refreshments follow.
FOREST DALE
St. Thomas & Grace Episcopal Church will hold a Christmas Eve service at Grace Church on Route 73 in Forest Dale Monday, Dec. 24, at 7 p.m. A beautiful white-steepled building cradling the warmth of a welcoming community.
GOSHEN
The Goshen Community Church will hold a Christmas Eve candlelight service with the Rev. Richard A. White on Monday, Dec. 24, at 5 p.m.
HANCOCK/GRANVILLE
The Community Church of Hancock and Granville will hold a candlelight Christmas Eve service Monday, Dec. 24, at 6 p.m.
LEICESTER
The LifeBridge Christian Church will hold a Christmas Eve service Monday, Dec. 24, at 6 p.m., at the Leicester Church of the Nazarene.
St. Agnes’ Parish will hold a Christmas Eve service Monday, Dec. 24, at 5 p.m.
LINCOLN
The United Church of Lincoln will hold three Christmas Eve services on Monday, Dec. 24: at 6:30 p.m., a family-focused service for younger children with impromptu pageant; at 8:30 p.m., a traditional service with the message “A Story of a Shepherd” Luke 2:8-20; and at 11:30 p.m. a midnight service of carols and candlelight and Communion.
MIDDLEBURY
The Middlebury United Methodist Church will hold a Christmas Eve service of lessons and carols Monday, Dec. 24, at 6:30 p.m. The Advent study “Christmas Is Not Your Birthday” is scheduled for Wednesday, Jan. 2, at 6 p.m.
The Congregational Church of Middlebury on Christmas Eve, Monday, Dec. 24, will hold a family-style service with Christmas tableau at 4 p.m. A 7:30 p.m. service will include the lighting of candles. There will be a Christmas worship service Tuesday, Dec. 25, at 10 a.m.
St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church will hold a Christmas Eve family service on Monday, Dec. 24, at 4 p.m. There will be Christmas music at 9:30 p.m. followed by a festive Christmas Communion at 10 p.m. The Christmas Day Service will take place Tuesday, Dec. 25, at 10 a.m.
The Champlain Valley Unitarian Universalist Society will hold two Christmas Eve services on Monday, Dec. 24, at 6:30 and 8:30 p.m., titled “If I Could Visit Bethlehem,” by the Rev. Barnaby Feder. The early service is geared to families; childcare will be provided. The late service includes a performance of “Christmas in the Trenches,” a moving tale of peace between opposing troops on Christmas Eve during World War II. Both services will end with the traditional lighting of the candles and singing of “Silent Night.”
NEW HAVEN
New Haven Congregational Church invites all to their Christmas Eve candlelight service Monday, Dec. 24, at 7 p.m.
NORTH FERRISBURGH
The North Ferrisburgh United Methodist Church on Christmas Eve, Dec. 24, will offer a family friendly service with candlelight at 5:30 p.m. and a service with candlelight at 7 p.m.
ORWELL
The First Congregational Church of Orwell will conduct a Christmas Eve service on Monday, Dec. 24, at 7:30 p.m.
SALISBURY
The Salisbury Church will hold is annual Christmas Eve candlelight service on Monday, Dec. 24, at 7 p.m. The program includes the lighting of the Advent wreath and special music by area musicians. There will be no service on Sunday, Dec. 30.
SHOREHAM
The Shoreham Congregational Church will hold a Christmas Eve service Monday, Dec. 24, at 5 p.m. The Rev. Gary O’Gorman will officiate at this traditional candlelight service open to the entire community.
SOUTH STARKSBORO
The Jerusalem Gathering will have a service of candles, carols and communion on Christmas Eve, Monday, Dec. 24, at 7 p.m.
VERGENNES
The Assembly of God Christian Center is having a candlelight Christmas Eve service at 6 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 24.
St. Peter’s Church will hold a Christmas Eve Mass on Monday, Dec. 24, at 4 p.m. and a Christmas Day Mass on Tuesday, Dec. 25, at 10 a.m.
Vergennes United Methodist Church will hold a candlelight Christmas Eve service on Monday, Dec. 24, at 7 p.m.
Victory Baptist Church will hold a Christmas Eve candlelight service on Monday, Dec. 24, at 6:30 p.m.
The Vergennes Congregational Church will hold two Christmas Eve services on Monday, Dec. 24. The 4:30 p.m. service will be a family service geared toward children. The 7 p.m. service will be a traditional service of readings and carols.
WEYBRIDGE
Weybridge Congregational Church will hold a Christmas Eve carol and candlelight service Monday, Dec. 24, at 5 p.m., with a special offering for Shareheat and refreshments and fellowship after. There will be a year-end service of singing, praying and sharing on Sunday, Dec. 30, at 10 a.m.
For a complete listing of regular religious services in the county, visit www.addisonindependent.com.

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