Holiday Worship Schedules
Capstone Baptist, N. Bennington
Capstone Baptist Church, 1034 Water Street, North Bennington, will hold its Christmas Eve service on Saturday, December 24, at 7 p.m. Christmas morning, Sunday, December 25, service will be held at 10:45 a.m. Call 802-442-6041 for details.
Danby Congregational Church
Danby Congregational Church will be holding a Candlelight Service on Christmas Eve, beginning at 6:30 p.m. Please join us in the sancturary of our beautiful little church to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ, with music by our very talented Beth Thompson. We are located right in the village of Danby, across from the Silas Griffith Inn.
Federated Church of East Arlington
On Saturday, December 24, at 5 p.m. the Federated Church of East Arlington on Ice Pond Road will welcome the birth of Jesus with a joyful service of carols, an interactive children’s message and words of hope offered by Reverend Kathy Clark. The 10 a.m. service on Sunday, December 25, will be followed by fellowship. The Federated Church of East Arlington is in covenant with the United Church of Christ and the United Methodist Church. For information, visit federatedchurchofeastarlington.org or call 802-375-2548.
East Dorset Congregational
On Christmas Eve, December 24, at 7 p.m. the East Dorset Congregational Church will hold a service to celebrate the birth of Christ. This will be held in the church on Mad Tom Road in East Dorset. Please note that there will be no service on Sunday, December 25.
First Congregational Manchester
The First Congregational Church of Manchester will be holding two services on Christmas Eve, Saturday, December 24: a service for families with children that will include a pageant at 5 p.m., and a candlelight service of lessons and carols at 7 p.m. On Sunday, Christmas Day, there will be one service at 8:30 a.m. in the Church Sanctuary. All are welcome. First Congregational Church is located at 3624 Main Street in Manchester Village, across from the Equinox Hotel. For details, call 802-362-2709.
First Baptist Church of Manchester
The First Baptist Church of Manchester will be celebrating the Christmas season with a candlelight service of lessons and carols on Christmas Eve, Saturday, December 24, lead by their new pastor, Rebecca Sommons. The service begins at 7 p.m. The First Baptist Church is located at the corner of Main and Bonnet Streets in Manchester. For information, call 802-362-1555.
Old First Church, Bennington
On Saturday, December 24, the First Congregational Church of Old Bennington will offer a candlelight Christmas Eve service at 5 p.m. This family service features familiar carols and readings and special music. The church ends the service by gathering in front of the church with candles singing ‘Silent Night.’ A wheelchair ramp will be provided. The public is warmly invited. The Church is located at 1 Monument Circle in Bennington. For details, call 802-447-1223.
Northshire Baptist, Manchester
Northshire Baptist Church announces special Christmas worship times. A Christmas Eve service with children’s pageant will be held on Saturday, December 24, from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Christmas morning worship on Sunday, December 25, will take place from 11 a.m. to 12 noon. Children’s Church for kids ages two to six will be provided.
Regular worship service is Sundays at 9:30 a.m. Northshire Baptist Church is located at 5769 Main Street in Manchester Center, south of the Town Offices. For more information, visit northshirebaptistchurch.org or call 802-362-1988.
Pawlet Community Church
Christmas services at Pawlet Community Church will be held at 7 p.m. on Christmas Eve, Saturday, December 24, and on Christmas morning, Sunday, December 25, at 9:30 a.m.
Peru Congregational Church
The Peru Church invites all to their iconic Christmas Eve Service which begins at 6 p.m. on Saturday, December 24. The Church highly recommends arriving by 5:30 if seating is a necessity. The community choir is directed by Dr. Roger Fox. The musicians include Daniel Timmermans on trumpet, Maya Drummond on violin, Garry Sharon on trumpet, Judy Cyr on the organ and Roger Fox on baritone horn. Guest soprano Marietta Formanek will perform the prelude. The sermon is entitled, ‘How Did This Happen?’ For more information, contact Pastor Margaret at 802-379-1438.
Rupert United Methodist Church
A traditional service of Carols and Lessons will be held in the historic sanctuary of the United Methodist Church in Rupert at 7 p.m. on Saturday, December 24. Together we will journey through Advent and its components to hope, peace, joy and love as we prepare ourselves for Christmas. Music will range from organ to mandolin to guitar. Known as the Grey Church, the Rupert United Methodist Church is located on Main Street at the junction of Routes 153 and 315, and is handicapped accessible. Learn more at rupertumc.org.
Second Congregational Church of Londonderry
The community is warmly invited to the Christmas Eve service on Saturday, December 24, at the Second Congregational Church in Londonderry, located at 2051 Vermont Route 11. The traditional service of Lessons, Carols and Candlelight will begin at 5:30 p.m. for information, call 802-824-6543.
United Church of Dorset and East Rupert
The United Church of Dorset and East Rupert invites the community to the celebration of Christmas eve on Saturday, December 24. There will be two services. The family service will begin at 4:30 p.m., and include include soloist Richard Grip, a Christmas story, a special time with the young and congregational candle lighting.
The Dorset Church Choir will be singing at the second service beginning at 8 p.m. The service will include communion and congregational candle lighting. Alìx Raspé will be playing several classical harp selections at gathering. At the 10 a.m. Christmas morning service on Sunday, December 25, there will be a service of Lessons and Carols. The Church is located at 143 Church Street, off Route 30, in Dorset Village. For more information, call the Church Office at 802-867-2260.
Sacred Heart Saint Francis de Sales, Bennington
Christmas Services for Sacred Heart Saint Francis de Sales Catholic Church in Bennington are as follows: Christmas Eve, Saturday, December 24, there will be traditional music with the folk group at 4 p.m., music with the youth music ensemble at 8 p.m., and a Midnight Mass with music by the adult choir. On Christmas Day, December 25, there will be traditional music with cantor and organ at 9 a.m.
Saint John the Baptist Catholic Church, North Bennington
Children’s Christmas story and music with the choir will be held on Christmas eve, December 24, at 5:30 p.m. Mass will be held on Christmas morning, Sunday, December 25, at 10 a.m. with music provided by the choir.
Saint Paul’s Episcopal of Wells
On Saturday, December 24, Saint Paul’s Episcopal Church will hold a joyous Mass of Christmas with candlelight, special music and carols at 4:30 p.m. All are invited. A Christmas Day Mass will be held on Sunday, December 25 at 9 a.m., with a simple Liturgy to welcome the day. The Church is located at 61 East Wells Road in Wells. For more information, call Reverend William Davidson at 518-499-1850.
Zion Episcopal Church of Manchester
Zion Episcopal Church, Manchester Center, invites the community to a choice of five services, all of which include Holy Eucharist with communion. A family service and Christmas pageant will be held at the Church at 5 p.m. on Christmas Eve, Saturday, December 24, followed at 7 p.m. with a service at Saint John’s Chapel in Manchester Village, and at 9 p.m. a Candlelight Service with choir back at Zion. On Sunday, December 25, Christmas Day services will be held at 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. Zion Church is located at 5167 Main Street/Route 7A in Manchester, and is fully accessible. For more information, call 802-362-1987 or visit zionchurchmanchester.org.
Arlington ‘Messiah’ Sing-Along Planned for New Year’s Day
Saint James’ Episcopal Church in Arlington is hosting its 13th annual holiday presentation of Handel’s masterwork, ‘The Messiah,’ on Sunday, January 1, at 3 p.m. Everyone is welcome to this free sing-along concert, presented in the sanctuary of Vermont’s first Episcopal church. The concert will feature a chamber orchestra and soloists, including Kerry Ryer Parke, Keith Kibler and Paul Lambert, under the direction of Derek Galvin, a student at Williams College who is a physics major with a keen interest in music, especially conducting. The program features the Advent and Christmas portions of ‘The Messiah,’ including six choruses that the audience is encouraged to join in, culminating in the magnificent ‘Hallelujah Chorus.’ A limited number of scores will be available on a first-come basis, and light refreshments will be served downstairs after the concert. There is no charge for admission, although free-will offerings will be gratefully accepted. Saint James’ is handicapped-accessible. There is plenty of parking in front of the church as well as on Main Street/Route 7A. Whether you decide to sing, hum along or just close your eyes and listen, you’ll be thrilled and transported by Handel’s magnificent oratorio! For more information, call the church office at 802-375-9952, visit st.jamesarlingtonvt.org or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.