O come all ye faithful, joyful and triumphant. A Christmas Eve service is a timeless way to reflect on the meaning of the holiday.
It is a time to take in the peace, to calm your spirit, and to lift up your heart in song.
It is a time for candlelight, family, friends and a place to honour the babe in the manger.
Many of the churches of Castlegar are offering the opportunity to participate in Christmas Eve services.
q Castlegar Baptist Church will be having a candlelight service at 7 p.m. The service will feature traditional carols, special music, children’s recitations, readings and a brief message focusing on the birth of Christ.
q Castlegar United Church will hold a service at 7 p.m. It will be a participatory drama of the Christmas story.
q Kinnaird Church of God will have a Candlelight service at 7 p.m. It will be held in their temporary location at Castlegar Christian Fellowship. The event will include traditional carols, special music, devotional and treats for kids.
q Kinnaird Park Community Church will hold a Candlelight service at 6:30 p.m. It will be a quaint, intimate focus on the real reason for the season.
q St. David’s Anglican Church service will be at 10 p.m.
q St. Peters Lutheran Church Candlelight service will be at 6 p.m. It will include Christmas hymns and a meditation. Children are welcome to participate in the nativity scene.
q St Rita’s Catholic Church will hold a Midnight Mass at 10 p.m. on Christmas Eve. People are invited to come a half hour early to join in Christmas carols. There will also be a Christmas Day Mass at 9 a.m.