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ADDISON COUNTY — Several Addison County-area churches have set their schedules for special Christmas events and services.
ADDISON
The Addison Community Baptist Church will have a Christmas Eve candlelight service on Saturday, Dec. 24, at 4 p.m.
BRANDON
St. Mary’s Church will hold a Christmas Eve Mass on Saturday, Dec. 24, at 4 p.m. and 7 p.m., and a Christmas Day Mass on Sunday, Dec. 25, at 10 a.m. A New Year’s Eve Mass will be held Saturday, Dec. 31, at 4 p.m., and a New Year’s Day Mass on Sunday, Jan. 1, at 10 a.m.
St. Thomas & Grace Episcopal Church will hold a Christmas Eve service Saturday, Dec. 24, at 7 p.m. Children should arrive at 6:30 p.m. to prepare for their part in the service. Located on Route 7 in Brandon village.
The Brandon Congregational Church will have a Christmas Eve Worship service of lessons, carols and candlelight at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 24. There is no service on Christmas morning.
BRIDPORT
The Hope Community Fellowship will have a Christmas Day service at the Bridport Community Hall on Sunday, Dec. 25, at 10:30 a.m.
St. Bernadette’s Church in Bridport will hold a New Year’s Eve Mass on Saturday, Dec. 31, at 7:30 p.m.
BRISTOL
The First Baptist Church of Bristol will hold their family Christmas Eve candle lighting service on Saturday, Dec. 24, at 7 p.m. There will be readings, carols and special music.
St. Ambrose Roman Catholic Church will hold Christmas Eve Mass on Saturday, Dec. 24, at 5:15 p.m. with a Children’s Liturgy, and at 9 p.m. with Senior Choir. There will be no mass on Christmas Day.
The Bristol Christian Fellowship will have a regular worship service on Christmas morning, Sunday, Dec. 25, at 9 a.m.
CHARLOTTE
On Christmas Eve, Saturday, Dec. 24, there will be a family service at 4:30 p.m. and a traditional candlelight service at 7 p.m. On Sunday, Dec. 25, there will be a Christmas Celebration with carols and story at 10 a.m.
Our Lady of Mount Carmel Roman Catholic Church will hold Christmas Eve Masses on Saturday, Dec. 24, in several locations: at 4 p.m. at the Old Lantern, at 7 p.m. at St. Jude in Hinesburg, and at 10 p.m. at Our Lady of Mount Carmel. Christmas Day Mass will be held on Sunday, Dec. 25, at 10 a.m. at St. Jude in Hinesburg. New Year’s Eve Mass will be held on Saturday, Dec. 31, at 4 p.m. at St. Jude in Hinesburg. And a New Year’s Day Mass will be held on Sunday, Jan. 1, at 8 a.m. and 11 a.m. at OLMC, and at 9:30 a.m. at St. Jude in Hinesburg.
CORNWALL
The First Congregational Church of Cornwall will hold a Christmas Eve Service of Lessons and Carols on Saturday, Dec. 24, at 7 p.m. The Rev. Dr. Mary Kay Schueneman will preside. The Christmas Morning Worship will be a shared worship with Weybridge Community Church at the Weybridge Church on Sunday, Dec. 25, at 10 a.m.
EAST MIDDLEBURY
The East Middlebury United Methodist Church will hold a Christmas Eve service presenting “The Gift” at 5 p.m. All are welcome.
Valley Bible Church in East Middlebury will have a candle lighting service on Christmas Eve, Saturday, Dec. 24, at 6:30 p.m.
FERRISBURGH
The Ferrisburgh Center United Methodist Church will hold a Christmas Candlelight Service of Lessons and Carols on Saturday, Dec. 24, at 5 p.m. There will be a Christmas morning worship on Sunday, Dec. 25, at 9 a.m.
LEICESTER
St. Agnes Church will hold a Christmas Eve Mass on Saturday, Dec. 24, at 5:15 p.m.
LINCOLN
The United Church of Lincoln will hold three candlelight Christmas Eve services on Saturday, Dec. 24: a 6:30 p.m. service with children’s pageant, an 8:30 p.m. traditional service, and an 11:30 p.m. service with carols, readings and Communion. There will be a simple Christmas celebration service on Sunday, Dec. 25, at 9:45 a.m.
MIDDLEBURY
St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Middlebury will hold Christmas Eve Masses on Saturday, Dec. 24, at 4 and 9 p.m. A Christmas Day Mass will be held on Sunday, Dec. 25, at 9 a.m. There will be a New Year’s Eve Mass on Saturday, Dec. 31, at 5:15 p.m., and a New Year’s Day Masses on Sunday, Jan. 1, at 8 a.m. and 10 a.m.
The Congregational Church of Middlebury will hold Christmas Eve services on Saturday, Dec. 24, at 4 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Both will include the lighting of candles. There will be a Christmas worship service on Christmas Day, Sunday, Dec. 25, at 10 a.m.
On Christmas Eve, Saturday, Dec. 24, at 7 p.m., there will be a candle-lighting service with carol singing, special music and visual presentation. There will be a brief, “come-as-you-are” morning service on Christmas Day, Sunday, Dec. 25, at 10 a.m.
St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church will hold a Christmas Eve pageant and Communion service on Saturday, Dec. 24, at 4 p.m.; and a Christmas Eve service with choral music at 10 p.m. The Christmas Day service will take place Sunday, Dec. 25, at 10 a.m.
The Champlain Valley Unitarian Universalist Society will hold a Christmas Eve service on Saturday, Dec. 24, ending with candle lighting and the singing of “Silent Night”; at 5 p.m. there will be a Christmas Celebration for all ages, including a no-rehearsal Christmas pageant, with carols and youth choir; and at 7:30 p.m. a service titled “Unto You This Night a Child is Born.” Rev. Barnaby Feder and the CVUUS choir will lead our traditional service of carols, lessons and reflection, with special musical guests Bruce Douglas and Molly Pratt.
The Middlebury United Methodist Church is hosting a Longest Night Blue Christmas service on Wednesday, Dec. 21 in the church sanctuary at 5 p.m. This service is held on the winter solstice to serve as a light in the darkness for those who are struggling with loss, loneliness and grief in the holiday season. On Wednesday, Dec. 21, at 7 p.m. in the church sanctuary, the sixth annual Christmas Benefit Concert for Charter House will take place. Local artists from Addison County will perform vocal arrangements of their favorite holiday music. There will also be a hymn sing. A free will offering will be taken to support the warming shelter at Charter House. There will be a Christmas candlelight service of lessons and carols on Saturday, Dec. 24, at 7 p.m. On Christmas morning, Sunday, Dec. 25, at 10:45 a.m., there will be worship with communion. All are welcome. Universally accessible. Hearing assistance available. Street and lot parking.
NORTH FERRISBURGH
The North Ferrisburgh United Methodist Church will offer two Christmas Eve services on Saturday, Dec. 24: at 5 p.m., a 45-minute family-friendly service that features carols and activities geared toward young children; and at 7:30 p.m. an hour-long traditional service with carols, the choir, sermon and candle lighting. On Sunday, Dec. 25, there will be a Christmas Day service at 10 a.m. featuring 45 minutes of Christmas carols and fun.
PANTON
The Panton Community Baptist Church will hold a Christmas Eve candlelight service on Saturday, Dec. 24, at 6 p.m., and a Christmas Day service on Sunday, Dec. 25, at 10:30 a.m.
SALISBURY
The annual Christmas candlelight service will be held at the Salisbury Congregational Church on Saturday, Dec. 24, at 7 p.m. Everyone is welcome. There will be no service on Sunday, Dec. 25, or Sunday, Jan. 1. Sunday services will resume on Sunday, Jan. 8, at 10 a.m.
SHOREHAM
The Shoreham Congregational Church will celebrate a traditional Christmas Eve Service on Saturday, Dec. 24, at 5 p.m. Rev. Christina Del Piero will lead the service of Scripture readings, carols, an inspiring message, and the traditional candlelight ceremony. Special music will be provided by the choir, with featured singers Abby Adams and Jim Ellis, and distinguished guest organist Charles Callahan.
St. Genevieve’s Church in Shoreham will hold a Christmas Eve Mass on Saturday, Dec. 24, at 7 p.m.
SOUTH STARKSBORO
The Jerusalem Gathering will hold a Christmas Eve service on Saturday, Dec. 24, at 7 p.m. in the Jerusalem Schoolhouse behind the Jerusalem Store, just off Route 17. Carols, candles, and the Eucharist will be celebrated in the Episcopal tradition. Families with children are always welcome.
The annual Starksboro Village Meeting House Christmas Candlelight service will be held Thursday, Dec. 22, at 7:30 p.m. in the Meeting House located in the center of Starksboro Village on VT Route 116.
STARKSBORO
The Baptist Church (2806 Route 116) will hold a celebration of Christmas service at 10 a.m. on Sunday, Dec. 25. The First Baptist Church of Starksboro will hold a First Day service at 10 a.m. on Sunday, Jan. 1, at its sister church, the Community Church, located at 4910 Main Road, Huntington Center.
VERGENNES
St. Paul’s Episcopal Church will hold its Christmas Eve Holy Eucharist, Rite II, on Saturday, Dec. 24, at 4 p.m. with a choir and children’s pageant. On Sunday, Dec. 25, at 8 a.m., there will be a Holy Eucharist.
St. Peter’s Church will hold a Christmas Eve Mass on Saturday, Dec. 24, at 4 p.m., and a Christmas Day Mass on Sunday, Dec. 25, at 9 a.m.
The Vergennes Congregational Church will have Christmas Eve Candlelight services on Saturday, Dec. 24, at 4 p.m. for children and families, and at 7 p.m. there will be a traditional candlelight service. There will be a Christmas morning service and carol sing on Sunday, Dec. 25, at 9:30 a.m.
Vergennes United Methodist Church will hold a Candlelight Christmas Service of Lessons and Carols on Saturday, Dec. 24, at 7 p.m. There will be no service on Sunday, Dec. 25.
Victory Baptist Church will hold a Christmas Eve candlelight service on Saturday, Dec. 24, at 6:30 p.m.
WEST ADDISON
There will be no service at the West Addison United Methodist Church on Sunday, Dec. 25.
WEYBRIDGE
Weybridge Congregational Church will hold a Christmas Eve carol and candlelight service Saturday, Dec. 24, at 5 p.m. The church will continue to celebrate Christmas in worship on Sunday, Dec. 25, with a service of carols, reading and reflections at 10 a.m.
WHITING
The Whiting Community Church will hold a Christmas Eve Candlelight service on Saturday, Dec. 24, at 7 p.m. There will be a Christmas Day service on Sunday, Dec. 25, at 11 a.m.
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