The story of Christmas is the foundation of all that we believe as Christians – that Savior the prophets had promised, the very Son of God, took on flesh and came to our world to redeem us forever. Jesus is Emmanuel, God With Us – and he is still with us today. In these chaotic and frightening times, Christmas Eve brings us a vision of that which seems impossible – peace, joy, love, and hope. We believe in these things, and we believe in the miracle of Christmas, because with God, all things are possible.
We are pleased to offer six Christmas Eve services this year in a variety of styles, so you and your family are sure to find something that fits your schedule and tastes.
Traditional Worship: 3, 5, 7 & 11 PM in the Celebration Center (West Entrance)
Grace Gathering (Contemporary): 6 PM in Grace Gathering Room (East Entrance)
Common Grace (Contemporary): 5 PM at our new southwest campus in the Ball Conference Center
Invite a friend to join you at church! We offer a variety of resources to make it easy to share service times and location information with friends and family as you invite others to worship with you on Christmas Eve.
Christmas Invite Cards (PDF)
Will childcare be offered on Christmas Eve?
Nursery care will be available for children 5 & under at 3, 5, 6, & 7 PM services.
How will the traditional services differ from one another?
Our 3 PM service is designed to be family-friendly and interactive, with shorter meditations interspersed with music and congregational response to keep our younger attendees engaged, and will feature music from our children’s choir, SpiritQuest. However, this is a unique and enjoyable service for all, not just those with little ones to entertain.
5 & 7 PM services are joyful celebrations, with full choir and special music designed to inspire you and fill you with the hope and joy of the Christmas season.
9 & 11 PM services are comparatively more introspective – we’ll sing traditional Christmas hymns and meditate on what the birth of Christ means for us.
What about Sunday morning services?
We will provide one combined 9:15 AM worship service on December 24 in addition to our Christmas Eve services. This morning service will celebrate the fourth Sunday of Advent and will not be a “Christmas Eve” service – if you would like to participate in candlelight and communion, come back and worship with us again at our evening services!
Additional Christmas Services
In addition to our Christmas Eve services, we celebrate the Christmas season in a couple of other ways and invite you to join us for these special opportunities:
Christmas Cantata: What Sweeter Music: A Festival of Carols by Mark Hayes
Sunday, December 16 at 9:15 and 10:45 AM: This is a fantastic presentation of fifteen Christmas carols plus several original songs. The joyous Opening Medley sets the stage for the many exceptional moments to come, from a powerful setting of the Magnificat for soprano solo to the charming Cradle Medley. Orchestral music flows between movements as male and female narrators share the beloved Christmas story. This work will be performed by the Grace Celebration Choir, accompanied by the Instruments of Grace orchestral group.
Blue Christmas: A Service of Comfort and Hope
Sunday, December 9 at 5:30 PM at Grace Ridgeview: Not everyone feels merry and bright during the holiday season. We know Christmas can be difficult for many reasons – the loss of a loved one, divorce, trauma, uncertainty, pressure – or sometimes for no reason at all. If this sounds familiar, Blue Christmas might be for you. Blue Christmas is a somber service of healing and hope. You are invited to join in remembrance, reflection, scripture, and song as we consider the meaning of the season for the times that we hurt.
Jesus’ Birthday Party: Children’s Christmas Celebration
Sunday, December 23 at 11:45 AM at Common Grace Church: Our new southwest campus will host a special Christmas celebration for Jesus, followed by a Christmas sing-along! We will hear the Christmas story, eat birthday cupcakes, drink hot chocolate, and sing Happy Birthday to baby Jesus. This event is fun for families of all ages and a great way to celebrate the real reason for the season. Common Grace meets at the Ball Conference Center; this event will take place immediately following regular service on the 23rd.