Christmas Eve and, in some cases, Christmas Day services are on the schedule at churches around the area. Here are some of the scheduled events, including those that have provided information to The Times regarding the services.
On Sunday evening, Dec. 24, the Escalon First Baptist Church will host a candlelight Christmas Eve service at 5 p.m. The 45-minute service will feature traditional Christmas carols, readings of the scripture Christmas accounts, and brief reflections on the readings. The service is for all ages and is designed as a brief but meaningful way to launch anyone’s personal or family Christmas Eve gathering.
Escalon First Baptist Church is at 1511 Catherine Way, just off McHenry. The public is warmly invited to attend. No offering will be received. For further information, contact Pastor Dale Pederson at 209-718-6130.
Christmas Eve Services at Saron Lutheran Church are on the schedule and they include time changes for this year. The morning service on Sunday, Dec. 24 will be at 9:30 a.m. with a Traditional Communion Liturgy. Early evening service will be at 5 p.m. and will be a Candlelight Service with Communion. All are welcome to join the congregation for these services; Saron Lutheran is at 1742 North St., Escalon.
Escalon Presbyterian Church will host a candlelight service on Sunday, Christmas Eve at 6 p.m. There will be music and the service will end with the singing of Silent Night as attendees exit out to the church courtyard, where they will have a benediction. The church is at 1612 First St.
Escalon United Methodist at 2000 Jackson Ave., Escalon, will have a special Christmas Eve service at 7 p.m. on Dec. 24, in addition to the regular Sunday service earlier in the day, at 11 a.m. The newly formed bell choir at the church is due to debut on Sunday as well.
Christmas Mass schedule at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church on Highway 120 includes an English Mass on Sunday, Dec. 24 at 5 p.m. and a Spanish Mass at 7 p.m. On Christmas Day, English Mass is at 10 a.m., Spanish Mass at 11:30 a.m.
Escalon Covenant Church at 1155 Escalon Ave., will host Sunday services from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Dec. 24, and will also have a Christmas Eve Candlelight Service starting at 5 p.m.
(Editor’s note: This is not a comprehensive listing, other churches in the community may also be having special services but that information was not provided.)