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* First Baptist Church, Groton

Christmas Eve Candlelight Service, 7 p.m. Come join us as we celebrate the birth of Christ. Our Christmas Eve program includes a traditional choir with music, duets, solos, and instrumentals. There will also be a special message from Pastor Tom Faulk. Everyone is welcome to attend this very special event. First Baptist Church, 365 Main St. (Rt. 119), Groton, 978-272-1335.

* Christmas Eve at the Federated Church of Ayer

Two different services will be held to celebrate Christmas Eve at the Federated Church of Ayer.

At 4 p.m. hot chocolate, coffee or tea will be offered along with Christmas cookies to all who arrive at that hour.

The 5 p.m. service will be an interactive service “A Family Friendly Participant Pageant” under the direction of the Rev. Dr. Priscilla Denham. Dr. Denham invites all shapes, sizes, and descriptions to Fellowship Hall at the church to share in the Christmas Story. Some of those in attendance will be shepherds, while others will be angels or wise ones. Dr. Denham promises an opportunity for fun and joy throughout the service.

“Just bring a willing and joyful spirit and we will have a wonderful service which tells the Christmas Story, no experience is necessary”, said Dr. Denham. “I’m looking forward to a new tradition in our church,” she added.

For our 7 p.m. service we will gather around the fireplace in Fellowship Hall for Christmas Carols and hear scripture in a beautiful but casual setting. Dr. Denham said, “We will have a traditional candle lighting ceremony as we sing Holy Night and prepare ourselves for the birth of Jesus. I hope to see new faces as well as familiar friends. All are welcome.”

The Federated Church of Ayer is located off Main Street at 21 Washington Street. It is handicapped accessible from the rear. Parking in available in the rear, in front of the church, or any of the side streets.

* Our Lady of Grace Parish Christmas and New Year’s Mass schedule

Worshipping at St James Church at 13 James Ave, West Groton and St Joseph Church at 28 Tarbell St, Pepperell

Christmas Eve:

Dec. 24, 4 p.m at St. Joseph’s/Pepperell AND at St. James/Groton (note: a 4 p.m. Mass at each church)

Dec. 24, 6:30 p.m. at St. Joseph’s/Pepperell

Dec. 24, Midnight Mass at St. James/Groton

Christmas Day:

Dec. 25 9:30 a.m. at St. Joseph’s/Pepperell

New Year’s Eve:

Dec. 31 at 4 p.m. at St. James/Groton

New Year’s Day:

Jan. 1 at 10 a.m. at St. Joseph’s/Pepperell

* Townsend United Methodist Church Christmas Eve Service

The Townsend United Methodist Church invites everyone to the family Christmas Eve Service at 7 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 24. It is a service of “Lessons, Lights and Carols.”

The church is located at 265 Main Street, Townsend, at the corner of Rts. 13 and 119 — the Meetinghouse “church on the hill.” Give yourself a special gift by being at the Christmas Eve service. For further information, please call Rev. Westfall at 978-433-2185.

* United Church of Shirley: Discover Hope for Uncertain Times

It sure looks a lot like Christmas out there* – lights, Santas, trees, and manger scenes. Is that all there is to see, or are we missing

something? Join us for an evening of creative elements music, Scripture, drama, art, and stillness as we open our eyes to hope for an uncertain world.

*Christmas Eve Services:* Thursday, family Christmas Service; Dec. 24 at 5 p.m., and a Candle Light worship service 11 p.m. Worship

Service. This year we will also have the opportunity to contribute to the friendship family that will enable provide care for families with emergencies in our communities…?Start this year with hope and a fresh start with a new outlook on life that God brings through the life of His Son Jesus Christ.

The United Church of Shirley Youth invites you to “Revolution Rock Dance Party,” a Christmas dinner and dance party, Dec. 23, 7-10:30 p.m.

Stay Tuned!

2010 New Message Series:

Relationships management and conflict resolution

Money management and budget-planning sessions

Waiting for the world to change: Doing the most good.

Workplace: The Office

Bring hope to our community: Unleashing a revolution of service

Just walk across the room campaign: Evangelism; Outreach

The book of Revelation: Prophecy, Letter and Apocalyptic, End of the World series.

* St. Andrew Episcopal Church, Ayer, 978-772-2615

Christmas Eve services, Thursday, Dec. 24, 2009

Rev. Joyce L. Scherer-Hoock Officiating

5 p.m. Family Service with Children’s Homily, Holy Eucharist – RT II

9:15 p.m. Musical Prelude with St. Andrew’s Choir and Instrumentalists

10 p.m. Festive Service with Full Choir, Holy Eucharist – RT II

* Trinity Chapel Episcopal, Shirley, and St. David’s Episcopal Church, Pepperell:

Thursday, Dec. 24, Fifth Sunday of Advent

St. David’s: 4 p.m. Family Eucharist service

Trinity: 10 p.m. Festival Eucharist

Sunday, Dec. 27, Christmas

Shared Worship: 10 a.m. – St. David’s

A Festival of Christmas Lessons and Carols

Sunday, Jan. 3, Epiphany Sunday

Trinity: breakfast at 8 a.m., worship at 9 a.m.

St. David’s: worship at 11 a.m.

* Christian Union Church, West Groton, 37 West Main St., 978-448-3348.

Thursday, Dec. 24, 6:30 p.m.: Christmas Eve Candlelight Service.