The First parish of Bolton

The First Parish of Bolton

CHRISTMAS AT THE FIRST PARISH OF BOLTON

CHRISTMAS EVE
WEDNESDAY, 24 DECEMBER

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4 p.m.: Family Service
This thirty-five minute service is designed for families with younger children and includes the lighting of the Christ Candle, the Procession to the Creche, and traditional carols and readings. Festive music is offered by Kristjon Imperio, playing our magnificent Pardee Memorial Organ and brass ensemble. Rev. Jones and Rev. Manning share a dialogue sermon entitled "What’s It All About, Richie?"

7 p.m.: Lessons and Carols
Based on the famous service from King’s College, Cambridge, England, worship begins with a solo voice singing "Once in Royal David’s City." Traditional carols and readings and some contemporary ones are featured. An expanded choir sings "Daughter of Zion, Shout for Joy," "Resonent in Laudibus," "O Holy Night," and "Alleluia" from Bach’s Christmas Cantata. The organ and brass are joined by strings. Rev. Jones and Rev. Manning will reprise their sermon from the earlier service.

11 p.m.: Candlelight Carols
This lovely service includes music for organ, strings, and brass, well-loved carols, and a sermon by Rev. Jones. It ends in the glow of candlelight as we sing "Silent Night" and the steeple bell tolls to welcome Christmas Day.

EVENSONG FOR CHRISTMASTIDE, SUNDAY 28 DECEMBER, 4:30 P.M.
Instead of morning worship, we continue our celebration of Christmas with this music-filled service followed by the ministers’ Christmas Reception.

CHRISTMAS/EPIPHANY PAGEANT, SUNDAY 4 JANUARY, 10 A.M.
On the eleventh day of Christmas, our children and young people portray Mary, Joseph, Jesus, King Herod, shepherds, angels, and the Magi in this magical conclusion to the season.

The First Parish warmly welcomes all to attend any of these services.

Merry Christmas!