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:

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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.