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Christmas Services at First Parish UU, Union Congregational, United Methodist, Good Shepherd, and St. Andrews

Holiday Services At First Parish Church Of Groton
One Powderhouse Road, at Main Street
Winter Solstice Celebration, Friday, December 20, 7- 8 p.m.
This service is for all ages and includes music, singing, sto- ries and simple rituals to welcome back the light on the longest night of the year. Come rest in the dark- ness with us and celebrate the re- turn of the light.
Paper Bag Nativity Pageant, Sunday, December 22, 10 a.m.
Our no rehearsal, no stress, usually hilarious and always poignant Nativity Pageant. Come to church and pull a costume out of a paper bag and join the story. The youngest baby present is Jesus. There are usually more shepherds than sheep, number of wise people varies from year to year, as do the visitors to Bethlehem. Children are also welcome to wear their own costumes - all are welcome at our stable. As we say every year, there are no mistakes, just us, telling a story which is both ancient and always new, of how love is born into this world.
Christmas Eve Services, Tuesday, December 24, 5:30 and 8 p.m.,with Caroling from 7-7:45 p.m.
• 5:30 p.m. This service is for all ages, especially families with young children and the young at heart! It includes stories, halos, bells and crowns, and the sweet music of the children’s choir.
• 8 p.m.: This service is quieter and more meditative and features music from the Adult Choir and a message from the minister.
Both services include carol singing and the tradition of passing the candlelight to each other as we sing Silent Night in the quiet of the sanctuary. There will be cookies and cider following each service and caroling downstairs from 7-7:45 p.m. All are al- ways welcome - bring family and friends. Donations of Christmas Cookies (nut free) would be great too!
Lunch Making Service, Sunday, December 29, 10 a.m.
All ages and abilities gather to make sandwiches and pack over 200 bag lunches for residents of five area shelters. We also make homemade cards with messages of hope and love for each lunch bag, which staff tell us are as appreciated as the food. Begin the new year in service to others. Cookie donations are welcome here too!
 
Christmas Eve Candlelight Worship
Union Congregational Church in Groton, 218 Main Street at Willowdale Road
• 4:00 p.m. ~ Family Worship Bring your family to hear the Christmas Story, sing your favorite Christmas Carols, and join in sharing the light at the end of the
worship service.
• 8:00 p.m. ~ Traditional Worship Experience the beauty of Lessons and Carols, hear a thoughtful sermon, and share the light at the
end of the worship service.
No matter who you are and where you are on life’s journey, you are welcome here.
Our weekly worship service is at 10:00 a.m. on Sunday mornings, with Sunday School an Childcare available. Union Congregational Church of Groton is located at 218 Main Street, on the corner of Willowdale Road. For more information, contact the office at unioncc@uccgroton.org, 978-448-2091, find us on Face- book, or visit us at www.uccgroton.net.
 
United Methodist Church of Westford
10 Church Street, Westford ~ 978- 692-4176 ~ www.umcw.org
December 24, Christmas Eve Worship: Celebrate the story of our Savior’s birth through Scripture, song, and candlelight. All are welcome.
• 5 p.m. Family Service, Childcare available for Kindergarten or younger
children
• 10 p.m.: Communion Service. All are welcome at the Lord’s table
 
Christmas Eve Services - Good Shepherd Acton
All are welcome to join Church of the Good Shepherd, Acton to celebrate Christmas. Christmas Eve services on Tuesday, December 24 include a 4 p.m. Holy Eucharist Family service with Children’s Sermon and music. Nursery care is available for infants and younger children. The later 9 p.m. service of Holy Eucharist includes joyous music from the Anthem Choir and special instrumental guests. Celebrate the birth of Christ at the Christmas Day service with carols, December 25, 9 a.m. Church of the Good Shepherd is located at 164 Newtown Road, Acton. Visit www.goodshepherdacton.org for further information.
 
Christmas Eve services at St. Andrew's Church,
7 Faulkner St., Ayer. 4 p.m.
Christmas Pageant with Holy Communion, 9 p.m. Lessons and Carols with Holy Communion. For more information visit standrewsayer.org.
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