Cranford, NJ – First Presbyterian Church of Cranford has released its schedule of Christmas season worship services:

December 17 at 6:30 p.m.: Candlelight Service for Healing and Hope

December 21 at 7:00 p.m.: Homeless Vigil ** NEW

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December 24 at 10:00 a.m.: Children’s Pageant “Chimes in the Night”

December 24 at 8:00 p.m.: Traditional Family Worship

December 24 at 11:00 pm: Candlelight Service with Holy Communion

December 31 at 10:30 p.m.: Labyrinth Walk

On Dec. 17 at 6:30 p.m. there will be a special Candlelight Service for Healing and Hope, sponsored by First Presbyterian Church’s “Journey to Wholeness-Healing the Grieving Heart” program. Recognizing that for many people, this holiday season may be difficult and painful due to loss of any kind, we at the First Presbyterian Church of Cranford invite all in the community to come to a special service of Healing and Hope.  This service will feature prayer, music, and a candlelight remembrance for our loved ones.  We will also have an opportunity to gather in community to receive comfort from each other. A time of fellowship will follow the service.

On Dec. 21 at 7:00 p.m., sponsored by the Union County Interfaith Coordinating Council, there will be a Homeless Persons’ Vigil. Tragically, some of our most vulnerable neighbors die on the streets each year. We remember them on the day with the least amount of daylight and the longest night because it symbolizes the struggle of those who are homeless, and who often live out their lives on cold streets or in dangerous abandoned buildings.

Christmas Eve Services

Christmas Eve, Sunday Dec. 24, will offer a day-full of opportunities to worship, sing and praise God. At 10:00 a.m., the children of First Presbyterian Church of Cranford, under the direction of Elsa Hahn and accompanied by Ann Weeks, will present the annual children’s Christmas pageant entitled “Chimes in the Night.” This musical features 1st through sixth graders in a special performance that conveys the message of the season through word and song.

At 8 p.m., Pastor J. Christian Kile will lead a traditional Christmas Eve service with plenty of familiar Christmas carols, perfect for families and all those who wish to celebrate with full choirs and organ music.  Music will be led by the Chancel Choir, directed by Alison R. Nead and accompanied by organist Robert Grube.

At 11p.m. there will be a moving and beautiful candlelight service.  Holy Communion is open to all baptized Christians. The service ends with dimming of the lights and the singing of “Silent Night, Holy Night” by candlelight.

New Year’s Eve Labyrinth

On December 31, from 10:30 p.m. though midnight, there will be a Labyrinth walk sponsored by “Journey to Wholeness-Healing the Grieving Heart.” This calming and meditative event will help those who have experienced loss prepare their hearts and minds for the coming year.

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 11 Springfield Avenue, at the corner North Union and Springfield Avenues in Cranford. 

For more information, call the church office, 908-276-8440 or visit www.firstprescranford.org, follow us on Facebook @firstprescranford or Twitter @fpcc.