Religions and Spirituality

Press Releases

First Pres Cranford Announces it's Christmas Worship Services

d50b4a32be6d84aded80_IMG_0439.JPG
First Presbyterian is located on the corner of N. Union and Springfield Avenue in Cranford
d50b4a32be6d84aded80_IMG_0439.JPG

Celebrate Christmas at First Presbyterian Church of Cranford

New: Candlelight Service for Healing and Hope on December 18 at 6:00 pm

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

Sign Up for E-News

December 18 at 10:00 am: Christmas Cantata “Morning Star, Celebrating the Everlasting Light of Christmas”

December 18 at 6:00 pm: Candlelight Service for Healing and Hope

December 24 at 4:00 pm: Children’s pageant “The First Leon”

December 24 at 8:00 pm: Traditional Worship with Lessons and Carols

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

December 25 at 10:00 am: Christmas Day Service “Come as you are”

On Sunday, Dec. 18 at 10:00 am, the Chancel Choir, under the direction of Alison R. Nead and accompanied by Robert Grube and Mark Baron, will present a special Christmas Cantata "Morning Star, Celebrating the Everlasting Light of Christmas"  written by Lloyd Larson. Through music, narration and scripture, the ancient story is retold of a world waiting for a Savior; the surprise of Mary and Joseph when they are chosen to bear the Son of God; and the joyous revelation of the shepherds that Christ is born! Featured narrator will be Larry Imboden. Featured soloists will be Martha Desmond, John Duryee, Alfonse Simone and Madeline Simone.

On Dec. 18 at 6:00 pm there will be a special “Candlelight Service for Healing and Hope” offered for those seeking healing and hope for their souls; for those who have experienced loss, no matter what type of loss or when it occurred; and for those feeling disconnected or depressed; this Candlelight Service for Healing and Hope is for you. Come and find peace and hope.

Christmas Eve, Saturday, Dec. 24, will offer a day-full of opportunities to worship, sing and praise God. At 4 pm, the children of First Presbyterian, under the direction of Elsa Hahn and accompanied by Ann Weeks, will present the children’s Christmas pageant, “The First Leon.” This musical features first through sixth graders in a special performance that conveys the message of the season through word and song.

At 8 pm, 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 soloist Lynn Pinto and the Chancel Choir, Directed by Alison R. Nead.

At 11 p.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.”

With Christmas falling on a Sunday this year, Pastor Caroline Unzaga will lead worship on December 25. The 10:00 am Sunday Service will be fun and casual.  “Come as You Are” is the dress code.  Wear your comfy PJ’s, or jeans and slippers.  There will be a special Christmas solo by Alison R. Nead, accompanied by Bob Grube.

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, Facebook @firstprescranford or Twitter @fpcc.

TAP Into Another Town's News:

You May Also Be Interested In

Sign Up for E-News

Cranford

Cranford H.S. Athletes of the Week: Anna Horne & Phil Marotta

April 17, 2018

CRANFORD, NJ - Due to impressive performances as goalies for varsity lacrosse, Anna Horne and Phil Marotta are Cranford High School's Athletes of the Week.

Horne, a junior, has 408 career saves. Her current total for the season is 84 saves as she helped lead the Cougars to victory in games against Montville and Governor Livingston.

"I like the team dynamic of lacrosse," ...

Video: ‘Sandwichfest’ in Westfield this Weekend Will Benefit Local Charities

April 19, 2018

WESTFIELD, NJ — This Sunday, from noon until 4 p.m., head to The James Ward Mansion in Downtown Westfield to taste sandwiches from some of the area’s best-loved restaurants and vote for your favorites.

Proceeds from the event will go to Greta’s Run (benefiting people with special needs) and A Birthday Wish (benefiting children in foster care).

Participating restaurants ...

Union County Freeholder Board Reminds Seniors on New Medicare Cards

April 19, 2018

In recognition of May as Older Americans Month, the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders reminds Union County’s senior adults that they will receive new Medicare cards from the federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services this summer.

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services is the federal agency that runs the Medicare program. It is a branch of the US Department of ...

Cranford Police Blotter: DWI Arrest & More

April 17, 2018

The information provided does not represent the total scope of police activity. Individuals charged as a result of police investigations are merely an accusation. All defendants should be presumed innocent until proven guilty.

1. 04/10/2018 10:11 a.m.

North Avenue East and the Garden State Parkway 137 Exchange

Arrested: Manuel Ramos, 20, Newark

Arrested by: Ptl. Thomas ...

Upcoming Events

Sat, April 21, 10:00 AM

Cranford Community Center, Cranford

"All About Owls" Nature Presentation with The ...

Arts & Entertainment

Carousel_image_28ada9d80beb9d6466b0_picture2_simpler

Sat, April 21, 1:30 PM

Westfield Area YMCA, Westfield

Free Aquatics Healthy Kids Day

Health & Wellness Sports

Sun, April 22, 9:00 AM

Temple Beth-El Mekor Chayim, Cranford

Rummage Sale

Green Home & Garden

'The Sting' shimmers and shakes at Paper Mill

‘The Sting ‘slithers and shakes at Paper Mill Playhouse

By LIZ KEILL

MILLBURN, NJ – In a premiere production of “The Sting,” Harry Connick Jr. commands the Paper Mill Playhouse stage in Millburn.

Based on the sensational Paul Newman/Robert Redford film in 1973, the 1930s plot centers on a con game and gambling, sometimes on a train between New York and ...

It must be election season in Garwood

April 17, 2018

It must be election season in Garwood, because we have the inevitable "spin" of Bruce Paterson making its appearance on the editorial page.  I will respond, point by point, with actual facts, to last week’s letter.  

 

Sara Todisco is an elected member of the so called “insider committee” elected every two years by registered Garwood Democrats ...