Advent & Christmas Eve At First Presbyterian Church

At First Presbyterian Church of Cranford, children celebrate Christmas by performing in special play during the 4pm Christmas Eve service. Additional Christmas Eve services are held at 8pm and 11pm.

All are welcome to join the First Presbyterian Church of Cranford to celebrate the Advent and Christmas season. If you don't have a church family, or are searching for a warm, welcoming community, please be assured that there is a place for you with us always. We worship on Sundays at 10am in our sanctuary—a Cranford landmark since 1894—and have several special events scheduled for Advent and Christmas Eve.  

On Sunday, December 21, the Chancel Choir, under the direction of Alison Nead and accompanied by organist Robert Grube, will present a special Christmas Cantata, "Love Came Down At Christmas."  Written by Joel Raney, and inspired by the 1885 poem of the same name by Christina Rosetti, this piece celebrates God's hope, peace, joy and love as we receive the Christ Child in our hearts once again. It includes new music as well as familiar carols and spoken word narration.

Christmas Eve, Dec. 24, will offer a day full of opportunities to worship, sing and praise God.  The congregation will celebrate Christmas Eve with the following services:

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At 4pm, the children of First Pres. will present their annual pageant,  “Miracle on Bethlehem Street.” This play features children ages kindergarten through sixth grade in a special performance that conveys the message of the season through word and song. 

The first Christmas Eve service will begin at 8pm. Pastor J. Christian Kile will preach at this service, perfect for families and all those who wish to celebrate with full choirs and organ music.

At 11pm, a moving and beautiful candlelight service of Lessons & Carols will be presented, including soloist Lynn Pinto.  Communion, served by intinction, is open to all baptized in the Christian faith, and we hope that your presence will open you to the peace, joy, and acceptance that Christ's grace offers to all.

The congregation of First Presbyterian Church of Cranford traces its history back to 1776, while the current sanctuary—filled with magnificent stained glass windows and a soaring wood ceiling—opened its doors in 1894. The church is located at the corner North Union and Springfield Avenues in Cranford.  

For more information, please call the church office, 908-276-8440 or log onto

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