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Compiled by Erica Batten

Central United Methodist

Live Nativity tableau: Drive by the church or park and walk to see the Nativity scene, complete with animals. 6-9 p.m. Dec. 21. 6030 Albemarle Road. 704-536-9157.

South Mecklenburg Presbyterian

Christmas Eve services: Family service, 3 p.m. Dec. 24. Communion service, 5 p.m. Candlelight communion services at 7 and 10 p.m. 8601 Bryant Farms Road.

Providence United Methodist

Service: Annual service of hope and healing, “The Longest Night.” Speaker is Dr. John Arey, executive director of Methodist Counseling and Consultation Services. The service will conclude with an invitation to light a candle as a sign of hope. 7 p.m. Dec. 21.

Christmas Eve services: Candlelight family service, 3 p.m. Dec. 24. Chapel communion service, 4 p.m. Candlelight festival service with members of Brass Charlotte accompanying the chancel choir, 5 p.m. Candlelight communion service, 11 p.m. 2810 Providence Road.

Covenant Presbyterian

Christmas Eve services: Family service with children’s Nativity presented by kindergartners, 11 a.m. Dec. 24. Enjoy refreshments and Nativity animals following the service. Contemporary service with gospel-jazz music, 3 p.m. Traditional candlelight service, 5 p.m. 1000 E. Morehead St.

Pritchard Memorial Baptist

Christmas Eve service: Candlelight worship, communion, special music. 5 p.m. Dec. 24. 1117 South Blvd.

Memorial Presbyterian

Christmas Eve service: Worship will celebrate the birth of Christ. 7 p.m. Dec. 24. 2600 Beatties Ford Road. 704-392-4752.

First Presbyterian

Christmas Eve services: Child-friendly candlelight service, 5 p.m. Dec. 24. Child care provided. Candlelight service, 8 p.m. in the sanctuary. Handbell concert, 10 p.m. in the fellowship hall. Communion service, 11 p.m. in the sanctuary. 200 W. Trade St.

Cokesbury United Methodist

Christmas Eve services: Family worship with message on “Shepherds: Unlikely Guests,” candlelight and communion, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 24. Service with choir cantata, the story of Christmas in scripture and song, candlelight and communion, 11 p.m. 6701 Idlewild Road.

Myers Park United Methodist

Gift shop: The Goodness Gracious! shop will be open 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Dec. 21. Holiday cards, gifts, devotionals and other books, baby goods, kitchenware and more. All sales support outreach. Also available is Ken Garfield’s new book, “Billy Graham: A Life in Pictures.” Garfield directs communications at the church and will be available to sign copies.

Christmas Eve services: 1, 3, 4:30, 6, 8 and 11 p.m. Dec. 24. 1501 Queens Road.

Monroe AM Aglow Community Lighthouse

Service: 10 a.m. Dec. 21. Fellowship at 9:30 a.m. 3405 Old Charlotte Hwy., Monroe.

Worldwide Marriage Encounter

Marriage encounter weekend: Unique approach aimed at revitalizing Christian marriage. Spend a weekend away to discover each other and focus on your relationship. 7 p.m. Feb. 14 through 4 p.m. Feb. 16 at Hyatt Place, 2950 Oak Lake Blvd. Reservations by Jan. 31. For information, contact Geoff and Francine Dubiski at or 803-810-6433.

Sharon United Methodist

Service: Advent series “What Child Is This?” will conclude Dec. 22 with a sermon on “Re-Gifter.” Traditional service, 9 a.m. Sunday school, 10:10 a.m. Contemporary service, 11:15 a.m.

Blue Christmas service: 4 p.m. Dec. 22.

Musical program: “A McGlohon Christmas,” a concert of Christmas choral music written and/or arranged by the late Loonis McGlohon, Charlotte’s own world-renowned jazz pianist and composer. A jazz trio, led by Rick Bean, will accompany the choir. The program will include other musicians who worked with McGlohon, including the church’s minister of music, John Stafford. 7 p.m. Dec. 22.

Christmas Eve services: Contemporary service, 5 p.m. Dec. 24. Traditional service, 11 p.m. 4411 Sharon Road. 704-366-9166;

Judah Church

Bicycle giveaway: The church will provide 100 bicycles to families in the community who cannot afford Christmas gifts. 11:30 a.m. Dec. 22 at the Berewick Recreation Center, 5910 Dixie River Road. A worship service will be held at 10 a.m.

Little Church on the Lane Moravian

Christmas Eve services: Moravian lovefeast and candlelight services. Children’s service, 2 p.m. Dec. 24. Traditional services, 4 and 6 p.m. Contemporary service, 8 p.m. 522 Moravian Lane.

Christ Lutheran

Christmas Eve services: Contemporary worship, 4 and 8 p.m. Dec. 24. Traditional worship, 6 and 10 p.m. Nursery and children’s sermon at the 4 and 6 p.m. services. 4519 Providence Road.

Living Saviour Lutheran

Christmas Eve services: Family worship with candles, carols, Holy Communion, and children’s participation, 6 p.m. Dec. 24. Traditional worship with candles and Holy Communion, 10 p.m. Pre-service music will begin at 9:45 p.m. 6817 Carmel Road.

Carmel Presbyterian

Christmas Eve services: Candlelight family service, 5 p.m. Dec. 24. Candlelight communion service, 11 p.m. 2048 Carmel Road.

Peace Moravian

Christmas Eve services: Children’s lovefeast, 2 p.m. Dec. 24. Lovefeast, 4:30 and 7:30 p.m. 4418 Rea Road.

Grace United Methodist

Service: The adult chancel choir and handbell choir will present a program of lessons and carols. Reception follows. 5 p.m. Dec. 22.

Christmas Eve drop-in: Communion, quiet time, prayer. Come as you are to celebrate Jesus’ birth. 7:30-8:30 p.m. Dec. 24. 737 E. Woodlawn Road. 704-523-5052.

Park Road Baptist

Christmas Eve service: Bring family and friends for a celebration of the coming of the Christ child. The service will include communion, carols and candles. 5 p.m. Dec. 24. 3900 Park Road.

Calvary Church

Spanish Christmas celebration: Family worship; no child care provided. 11:15 a.m. Dec. 22 in the Crown Room.

Christmas Eve services: Candlelight services with the choir and orchestra. Arrive early for parking and seating. 4, 6 and 8 p.m. Dec. 24. ASL provided at 6 p.m. Child care provided at 4 and 6 p.m. 5801 Pineville-Matthews Road.

Pineville United Methodist

Christmas Eve services: Candlelight services with Holy Communion at 5, 7 and 11 p.m. Dec. 24. The children will present a musical at the 5 p.m. service. 110 S. Polk St., Pineville.

Harrison United Methodist, Pineville

Christmas Eve services: Candlelight services at 2, 4, 7 and 11 p.m. Dec. 24. Children’s Christmas musical “We Three Spies,” 5:30 p.m. 15008 Lancaster Hwy., Pineville.

Indian Trail United Methodist

Christmas Eve worship: Unique service will be held at M & R Stables. Live Nativity, carols, scripture and candlelight. 5 p.m. Dec. 24. 2208 Younts Road, Indian Trail. Traditional service with carols, candles and communion will be held at 9 p.m. at the church. 113 Indian Trail Road S., Indian Trail.

Stallings United Methodist

Handbell concert: 6 p.m. Dec. 22.

Christmas Eve services: Wee Worship, 6 p.m. Dec. 24. Celebration of Christ, 7 p.m. Traditional candlelight service, 11 p.m. 1115 Stallings Road, Stallings.

Mt. Pleasant United Methodist

Christmas Eve services: Community welcome. 6 and 9 p.m. Dec. 24. 1260 N. College St., Mt. Pleasant.

Mt. Mitchell United Methodist, Kannapolis

Love feast: 11 a.m. Dec. 22.

Children’s Christmas program: 6:30 p.m. Dec. 22. Reception follows.

Christmas Eve service: 11 p.m. Dec. 24. 6001 Old Salisbury-Concord Road, Kannapolis. 704-933-0155.

Trinity United Methodist, Kannapolis

Service: Lessons and carols led by the chancel choir and its new director, Tracy Love. 10:30 a.m. Dec. 22.

Christmas Eve service: The church’s new pastor, the Rev. Kirk Tutterow, will lead a candlelight communion service. 7 p.m. Dec. 24. 416 E. First St., Kannapolis.

Forest Hill United Methodist, Concord

Christmas Eve breakfast: Community is invited to enjoy a delicious breakfast and celebrate the Christmas season. 7:30-9:30 a.m. Dec. 24 in the fellowship center.

Christmas Eve services: 5 and 9 p.m. Dec. 24.

Christmas Day service: 9 a.m. Dec. 25. 265 Union St. N., Concord.

First Presbyterian, Concord

Christmas Eve service: 5 p.m. Dec. 24. 70 Union St. N., Concord.

The Village Church, Concord

Christmas services: 10:45 a.m. Dec. 22 and 6:30 p.m. Dec. 24. 9280 Davidson Hwy., Concord.

Davidson College Presbyterian

Christmas Eve services: Family service, 4 p.m. Dec. 24. Traditional candlelight service, 7:30 p.m. Child care provided. Candlelight service with communion, 11 p.m. 100 N. Main St., Davidson.

Mooresville ARP Church

Children’s Christmas play: 11 a.m. Dec. 22.

Christmas service: Candlelight and communion service, 6 p.m. Dec. 22. 659 Carpenter Ave., Mooresville. 704-664-1273.

Williamson’s Chapel United Methodist, Mooresville

Concert: Celebrate Christmas as our musicians present upbeat songs by groups such as Third Day, Casting Crowns, Trans-Siberian Orchestra, more. 7 p.m. Dec. 22. 575 Brawley School Road, Mooresville.

Christmas Eve services: Drop-in communion in the chapel, 9 a.m.-noon Dec. 24. Traditional candlelight communion service, 2 p.m. in the chapel. Contemporary services with the praise team, 5 and 7 p.m. Traditional candlelight communion service with chancel choir, 11 p.m.

New Hope Missions Church, Mooresville

Christmas Eve service: 7 p.m. Dec. 24. 2987 Charlotte Hwy., Mooresville.

St. Mark’s Lutheran, Mooresville

Advent service: “The Gift of Hope,” a service of music, scripture and meditations offered by the chancel choir, youth choir and Luther Ringers. 10:30 a.m. Dec. 22. Join us at 9 a.m. at the Holy Grounds Coffee Bar in the family life center.

Christmas Eve services: Family service with children’s story, 5 p.m. Dec. 24. Traditional service with music by the youth choirs and instrumental ensemble, 7 p.m. Traditional worship with music by the chancel choir, Luther Ringers and instrumental ensemble, 10 p.m. All services include Holy Communion. 454 Fieldstone Road, Mooresville.

Triplett United Methodist, Mooresville

Christmas Eve services: Family service, 5 p.m. Dec. 24. Traditional candlelight service, 11 p.m. 838 Mazeppa Road, Mooresville.

Fair View United Methodist, Mooresville

Christmas cantata: Combined service at 11 a.m. Dec. 22.

Christmas Eve service: Communion service, 6 p.m. Dec. 24. 1430 Mecklenburg Hwy., Mooresville. 704-664-2880.

Vanderburg United Methodist, Mooresville

Christmas Eve service: Candlelight service, 5 p.m. Dec. 24. 1809 Charlotte Hwy., Mooresville.

St. Therese Catholic, Mooresville

Christmas Eve services: Mass will be celebrated at 4, 6 and 8 p.m. Dec. 24 in the Parish Life Center and at 4 and 6 p.m. and midnight in the church.

Christmas Day services: 10:30 a.m. and noon Dec. 25. Spanish Mass at 2:30 p.m. 217 Brawley School Road, Mooresville. 704-664-3992.

Community in Christ Lutheran, Cornelius

Children’s Christmas program: 9:30 and 11 a.m. Dec. 22.

Christmas Eve services: Family services, 3 and 5 p.m. Dec. 24. Candlelight services, 7 and 10 p.m. 7621 Norman Island Drive, Cornelius.

Mt. Zion United Methodist, Cornelius

Concerts: The chancel choir, handbell ensemble and chamber orchestra will present Pepper Choplin’s “The Heart of Christmas.” 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Dec. 22 in the sanctuary. Free; offering will be taken.

Service: Those who have had losses this year are invited to a service of Christian hope and healing. 3 p.m. Dec. 23.

Christmas services: Family candlelight services with scratch Nativity, 5 p.m. Dec. 23 and 3 and 5 p.m. Dec. 24. Traditional candlelight services, 7 and 11 p.m. Dec. 24. Communion served at all services. Children participating in scratch Nativity, are asked to arrive 20 minutes early. 19600 Zion St., Cornelius.

Rehobeth United Methodist, Terrell

Christmas Eve service: Handbells, singing, a short message and candle lighting. 4:30 p.m. Dec. 24. 9297 Sherrills Ford Road, Terrell. 828-478-2518.

Journey Church, Huntersville

Christmas Eve services: 5 and 6:30 p.m. Dec. 24. 15711 Brookway Drive, Huntersville.

Mt. Pleasant United Methodist, Sherrills Ford

Christmas Eve services: Family service, 5 p.m. Dec. 24. Candlelight communion services, 8 and 11 p.m. 4136 Mt. Pleasant Road, Sherrills Ford.

First Baptist, Mooresville

Christmas Eve services: Carols, candlelight and communion. Children’s service, 5 p.m. Dec. 24. Traditional service, 7 p.m. 150 S. Church St., Mooresville.

St. Alban’s Episcopal, Davidson

Christmas Eve services: Family service, 4 p.m. Dec. 24. Lessons and carols, 7 p.m. Candlelight service, 10:30 p.m.

Christmas Day service: 10 a.m. Dec. 25. 301 Caldwell Lane, Davidson.

St. Mark Catholic, Huntersville

Christmas Eve services: 4, 7 and midnight Dec. 24. Lessons and carols at 11 p.m.

Christmas Day services: 7:30 and 9 a.m. Dec. 25. Bilingual Mass at 11 a.m. 14740 Stumptown Road, Huntersville.

The Cove Church, Mooresville

Christmas Eve services: 2, 4 and 6 p.m. Dec. 24. 197 Langtree Road, Mooresville.

Catawba United Methodist

Christmas Eve service: Pastor Rich Tuttle will lead a service with special music and candlelight. 6 p.m. Dec. 24. 207 E. Central Ave., Catawba.

Unitarian Universalist Church of Catawba Valley, Hickory

Service: The Rev. Bob MacDicken will speak on “Birthing God.” 11 a.m. Dec. 22. 833 Fifth St. S. E., Hickory.

The Cove Church, Conover

Christmas Eve service: 4 p.m. Dec. 24 at Newton-Conover Middle School, 873 Northern Drive N. W., Conover.

St. John’s Lutheran, Cherryville

Christmas Eve services: Family service of lessons, carols and Holy Communion, 5 p.m. Dec. 24. Candlelight service with Holy Communion, 11 p.m. 310 W. Church St., Cherryville. 704-435-9264.

New Vision Presbyterian, Conover

Service: The children will open worship with songs accompanied by bells. Attendees invited to participate in live nativity. Coffee and refreshments available. Nursery provided. 10 a.m. Dec. 22. Sunday school for all ages at 9 a.m.

Christmas Eve services: Special music, Christmas story, and candlelight. 5 and 8:30 p.m. Dec. 24. Nursery provided at the 5 p.m. service. 502 Thornburg Drive N. E., Conover.

Abiding Presence Lutheran, York

Train display: Pastor Charles Aurand will display his elaborate train and village collection in the fellowship hall. Admission is a canned or boxed food item to donate to York food pantries. 4-8 p.m. Dec. 26-30. 323 N. Congress St., York. 803-684-2793.

Grace Presbyterian, Fort Mill

Longest night service: Quiet worship service to acknowledge losses and experience the sustaining presence of God. 5 p.m. Dec. 22.

Christmas Eve services: Family candlelight service with children’s choir, Christmas story, hymns, candles and communion, 5 p.m. Dec. 24. Nursery provided. Candlelight service with special music, quiet meditation, candles and communion, 9 p.m. 2955 S. C. 160 W., Fort Mill.

Epiphany Lutheran, Rock Hill

Fundraiser: The Men of Epiphany will sell Boston butts at the 8 and 10:30 a.m. services Dec. 29. A limited number is available. Sign up in the gathering area. $30 each. 2370 W. Main St., Rock Hill.

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