Children's Lesson and Carols with Holy Eucharist
Monday, December 24, 2018
4 p.m. Service
3:30 p.m. Arrival for participants
Nursery is available for infants - 4 years old during the service
The Christmas Eve service is one of our most beloved traditions at St. Mary’s.
The Children’s Lessons and Carols is held on Christmas Eve at 4 p.m.
This year we will follow the retelling of the story of Christmas with a Holy Eucharist. There will be several stations for communion as we do for Easter. Again this year,
a Birthday Party for Jesus will follow the service
in the New Parish Hall.
Continuing on Sunday, December 9, the kids practice the pageant music as part of Sunday School.
The more they are able to practice, the more comfortable they are and the better all of us are able to hear them at the service. Please try to attend as many Sunday morning practices as possible. But you can also rehearse with your kids at home!
Here are links to the songs that you can practice together:
O Come, all ye faithful (vs. 1-3, 6)
O come, o come Emmanuel (vs. 1-2)
O little town of Bethlehem (vs. 1-3)
Angels we have heard on high (vs. 1 & 3)
The First Nowell (vs. 1-2)
We three kings (vs. 1-4)
On Christmas Eve
Our service will look a little different this year.
Instead of the children waiting in the wings to come in during the pageant they will be seated with their families.
That means that you should arrive at 3:30 p.m. to get your child in costume.
Then you all will head into New St. Mary’s to get a seat. As the service moves along, there will be points when each of the groups of characters will be asked to come forward to join in the scene taking shape. The bulletins will be clearly marked when they are to join in the action, and they will be guided along.
This way all the kids really get to SEE the whole pageant and participate in the WHOLE story.
At the conclusion of the pageant the kids will return to sit with you and we will all have Holy Eucharist together to celebrate the birth of our Savior. There will be many stations for communion as there are on Easter Sunday so this will not be a long process. The whole service should really be about the length of an average Sunday morning service.
Following the service everyone is invited to come to the New Parish Hall for a Birthday Party!
There will be mini cupcakes for all!