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South Charlotte

Myers Park United Methodist

Christmas Eve services

Jazz service, 1 p.m. Dec. 24 in Jubilee Hall. Family-oriented carols and candlelight services, 3 and 6 p.m. in the sanctuary. Celebration service featuring a youth and college choir, 4:30 p.m. in Jubilee Hall. Candlelight and Holy Communion services, 8 and 11 p.m. in the sanctuary. 1501 Queens Road. 704-376-8584; www.mpumc.org.

Saint Francis United Methodist

Christmas Eve services

Family service with candle lighting, 5:30 p.m. Dec. 24. Communion service with candle lighting, 11 p.m. 4200 McKee Road. www.stfrancischarlotte.org.

First Christian Church

Christmas Eve service

Candlelight communion service, 5:30 p.m. Dec. 24. 1200 East Blvd. www.fcc-charlotte.org.

Matthews United Methodist

Christmas Eve services

Family services, 2:30 and 4 p.m. Dec. 24. Contemporary service with communion, 6 p.m. Culto familiar navideno, 7 p.m. in the gym. Traditional services with communion, 9 and 11 p.m. 801 S. Trade St., Matthews. www.MatthewsUMC.org.

Calvary Church

Christmas Eve services

We will celebrate the birth of Christ with candlelight, music by the church choir and orchestra, and a powerful message of “God’s Mission Impossible” by Senior Pastor John Munro. 4, 6, and 8 p.m. Dec. 24. Child care for ages 4 and younger available at 4 and 6 p.m. ASL interpretation at 6 p.m. 5801 Pineville-Matthews Road. www.calvarychurch.com/christmas.

Sharon Presbyterian

Christmas Eve services

Family-friendly service with interactive songs and activities for the family to enjoy, 5 p.m. Dec. 24. Traditional communion service, 7:30 p.m. Intimate candlelight service, 11 p.m. 5201 Sharon Road. www.SharonPCUSA.org.

Saint Andrew’s United Methodist

Christmas Eve services

Las Posadas bilingual service, 4 p.m. Dec. 24. Candlelight service, 7 p.m. 1901 Archdale Drive. www.standrewsumc.com.

Wesley United Methodist

Christmas Eve service

6:30 p.m. Dec. 24. 3715 Rea Road. www.wesleycharlotte.org.

Providence United Methodist

Christmas Eve services

Candlelight family service, 3 p.m. Dec. 24. Chapel communion service, 4 p.m. Candlelight festival service, 5 p.m. Modern service, 7 p.m. Candlelight communion service, 11 p.m. 2810 Providence Road. www.providenceumc.org.

Grace Lutheran

Christmas Eve service

Candlelight service, 7 p.m. Dec. 24.

Christmas Day service

10 a.m. Dec. 25. 7000 Providence Road. www.grace-charlotte.org.

Sharon United Methodist

Christmas Eve services

Contemporary service, 5 p.m. Dec. 24. Traditional service, 9 p.m. 4411 Sharon Road. www.sharonumc.org.

Trinity Presbyterian

Christmas Eve services

Family service featuring the children’s choir and communion, 5 p.m. Dec. 24. Formal communion service, 9 p.m. Musical prelude with the Trinity choir and guest instrumentalists, 8:30 p.m. Members and visitors are asked to bring nonperishable food for donation to Loaves and Fishes. 3115 Providence Road. www.trinitypreschurch.org.

Pineville United Methodist

Christmas Eve services

Candlelight communion worship services will be held at 5, 7 and 11 p.m. Dec. 24. 110 S. Polk St., Pineville. www.pinevilleumc.org.

Temple Beth El

Interfaith dialogue

The Myers Park Baptist/Temple Beth El Dialogue Committee invites you to “Everyday Hate: Confronting Prejudice” with moderator Ed Williams, former editorial page editor of The Charlotte Observer, and presenters John Cox, Kendra Jason and Mary Howerton. Free. Refreshments available. 4-5:30 p.m. Jan. 10. 5101 Providence Road. RSVP by Jan. 3. 704-749-3070; www.beth-el.com.

Harrison United Methodist, Pineville

Christmas Eve services

All services have Holy Communion and candle lighting. New contemporary service, 4 p.m. Dec. 24. Traditional services at 6, 8, and 11 p.m. 15008 Lancaster Highway, Pineville. www.harrisonchurch.org.

Cross and Crown Lutheran, Matthews

Christmas Eve services

Candlelight worship includes a family service at 5 p.m. Dec. 24 and a traditional service at 9 p.m. Communion offered at both services.

Worship service

One service of lessons and carols will be held at 10 a.m. Dec. 27. 300 Pineville-Matthews Road, Matthews. www.crossandcrown.org.

Avondale Presbyterian

Christmas Eve services

Family service, 5:30 p.m. Dec. 24. Communion service, 11 p.m. 2821 Park Road. www.avondalepresbychurch.org.

Carmel Presbyterian

Christmas Eve services

Family service, 5 p.m. Dec. 24. Candlelight communion service, 11 p.m. 2048 Carmel Road. www.carmelpresbyterian.org.

Central Church of God

Christmas Eve services

Candlelight communion services, 4 and 5:30 p.m. Dec. 24. 5301 Sardis Road. www.centralchurchofgod.org.

Christ Lutheran

Christmas Eve services

Contemporary worship, 4 and 8 p.m. Dec. 24. Traditional worship, 6 and 10 p.m. 4519 Providence Road. www.christelca.org.

Covenant Presbyterian

Christmas Eve services

11 a.m., 3 and 5 p.m. Dec. 24. 1000 E. Morehead St. www.covenantpresby.org.

Dilworth Church

Christmas Eve services

6 and 11 p.m. Dec. 24. 605 E. Blvd. www.dilworthchurch.org.

Peace Moravian

Christmas Eve services

Children’s lovefeast, 2 p.m. Dec. 24. Candlelight lovefeast, 4 p.m. 4418 Rea Road. www.peacemoravian.com.

Pritchard Memorial Baptist

Christmas Eve service

Candlelight service, 5 p.m. Dec. 24. 1117 South Blvd. www.pritchardmemorial.com.

Providence Presbyterian

Christmas Eve services

Family-friendly service, 4:30 p.m. Dec. 24. Services of lessons and carols at 6, 7:30, and 9:30 p.m. Communion at 9:30 p.m. service. 10140 Providence Church Lane. www.ppc1767.org.

The Episcopal Church of the Holy Comforter

Christmas Eve services

Simple Christmas Eucharist, 2 p.m. Dec. 24. Family service, 5 p.m. Spanish service, 7 p.m. Holy Eucharist, 10:45 p.m. 2701 Park Road. www.holycomforter-clt.org.

Little Church on the Lane Moravian

Christmas Eve services

Moravian lovefeast and candlelight services. 2, 4, 6 and 8 p.m. Dec. 24. 522 Moravian Lane. www.littlechurchonthelane.com.

Park Road Baptist

Christmas Eve service

5 p.m. Dec. 24. 3900 Park Road. www.parkroadbaptist.org.

Saint John Neumann Catholic

Christmas Eve services

Mass at 4 and 6 p.m. and midnight Dec. 24. Spanish Mass at 8 p.m. 8451 Idlewild Road. www.4sjnc.org.

Sardis Presbyterian

Christmas Eve services

Family worship, 4 p.m. Dec. 24 in the fellowship hall. Candlelight services at 7, 9 and 11 p.m. in the sanctuary. 6100 Sardis Road. www.sardis.org.

South Mecklenburg Presbyterian

Christmas Eve services

Children’s service, 3 p.m. Dec. 24. Traditional communion services at 5, 7, and 10 p.m. 8601 Bryant Farms Road. www.smpchome.org.

Wesley United Methodist

Christmas Eve service

Candlelight service at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 24. 3715 Rea Road. www.wesleycharlotte.org.

Saint Stephen United Methodist

Christmas Eve services

4:30, 7:30 and 11 p.m. Dec. 24. Communion and candle lighting at all services. Nursery is provided for the 4:30 and 7:30 p.m. services. 6800 Sardis Road. www.ststephenumc.net.

Lake Norman

Saint Mark’s Episcopal, Huntersville

Christmas Eve services

4 and 10:30 p.m. Dec. 24. Nursery provided at 4 p.m. service.

Christmas Day service

9:30 a.m. Dec. 25. 8600 Mount Holly-Huntersville Road, Huntersville. www.stmarksnc.com.

Saint Phillip Missionary Baptist, Huntersville

Christmas Eve service

Candlelight service with beloved Christmas carols and the Good News proclaimed. 6 p.m. Dec. 24. 524 Dellwood Drive, Huntersville. 704-875-6180.

Saint Therese Catholic, Mooresville

Christmas Eve services

Mass at 4 p.m. Dec. 24 in the church and the day chapel. Mass at 6 and 8 p.m. and midnight in the church.

Christmas Day Mass

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

Unitarian Universalist Church of Lake Norman

Service

Members Marilyn Campbell and Laurie Walker will present “Endings and Beginnings,” giving us a chance to think about what we want to discard in 2015 and take with us into 2016. 11 a.m. Dec. 27.

Sunday morning groups

The Humanist group will not meet in December. The adult discussion group will discuss “An Open-Hearted Life” by Russell Kolts and Thubten Chodron. 9:45 a.m. Sundays. Services are held at the Woodlawn School, 135 Woodlawn School Loop, Mooresville. www.uulakenorman.org.

Community in Christ Lutheran, Cornelius

Christmas Eve services

Family-friendly worship services, 3 and 5 p.m. Dec. 24. Candlelight worship services, 7 and 9 p.m. 7621 Norman Island Drive, Cornelius. www.communityinchrist.net.

Davidson College Presbyterian

Christmas Eve services

Participatory service for all ages, 4 p.m. Dec. 24. Candlelight service with music by the chancel choir, 7:30 p.m. Candlelight service led by college students with music by the Geneva Choir, 11 p.m. 100 N. Main St., Davidson. www.dcpc.org.

Saint Luke Greek Orthodox, Mooresville

Vesperal Liturgy

5 p.m. Dec. 24. Christmas pageant follows liturgy.

Divine Liturgy

Nativity of the Lord. 10 a.m. Dec. 25. 134-A Talbert Pointe Drive, Mooresville. www.stluke-nc.org.

Mount Zion United Methodist, Cornelius

Traditional candlelight service

7 p.m. Dec. 23.

Christmas Eve services

Family candlelight services with children’s nativity, 3 and 5 p.m. Dec. 24. Traditional candlelight services, 7 and 11 p.m. Communion served at all Christmas Eve services. Glow sticks will be available for young children. 19600 Zion Ave., Cornelius. www.mtzionumc.net.

Miscellaneous

Memorial Presbyterian

Christmas Eve services

Celebrate the birth of Christ with holy scripture and music of the season. 7 p.m. Dec. 24. Instrumental music, 6:30 p.m. 2600 Beatties Ford Road. 704-392-4752.

Bethany Presbyterian, Monroe

Christmas Eve service

Candlelight service, 5 p.m. Dec. 24. 6713 Plyler Mill Road, Monroe. 704-301-6929.

Spirit of Joy Lutheran, Weddington

Christmas Eve services

White gift family service, 4 p.m. Dec. 24. Traditional services, 6 and 8:30 p.m.

Christmas Day worship

10 a.m. Dec. 25.

Sunday morning worship

10 a.m. Dec. 27. Regular schedule will resume Jan. 3. 8600 Potter Road, Weddington. www.spiritofjoy.us.

Calvary Lutheran, Concord

Christmas Eve services

Family service, 5:30 p.m. Dec. 24. Traditional candlelight service, 11 p.m.

Combined worship service

Service of lessons and carols, 10 a.m. Dec. 27. 950 Bradley St., Concord. www.clcofconcord.org.

First United Methodist, Newton

Christmas Eve service

Spontaneous children’s pageant and candlelight service, 4 p.m. Dec. 24. Candlelight communion service, 9 p.m. 300 N. Main Ave., Newton. www.fumcnewtonnc.org.

Harrisburg Presbyterian

Turkey and ham collection

Frozen turkeys and hams will be collected for Harrisburg Crisis Assistance Ministry, The Salvation Army, and the Urban Ministry Center. Monetary donations go toward bulk purchases. 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Monday through Thursday. 4815 N. C. 49 S., Harrisburg. 704-455-2491.

Prosperity Presbyterian

Christmas Eve service

Christmas meditation, scripture readings, prophecy of Christ, candle lighting. 5 p.m. Dec. 24. 5533 Prosperity Presbyterian Church Drive. 704-875-1182.

Zion United Methodist, Monroe

Christmas Eve service

Come-as-you-are service. 5 p.m. Dec. 24. 1521 Old Fish Road, Monroe. www.zionumcmonroe.com.

Grace Presbyterian, Fort Mill

Christmas Eve services

Family candlelight service featuring the children’s choir and communion, 5 p.m. Dec. 24. Candlelight service with special music and hymns, meditation and communion, 9 p.m. 2955 S.C. 160 W., Fort Mill. www.gracewired.org.

Catawba United Methodist

Christmas Eve service

Pastor Shytle will preach on “Wrapped in Interruption.” The service will conclude by candlelight. 6 p.m. Dec. 24. 207 E. Central Ave., Catawba. 828-241-4868.

Advent Lutheran

Christmas Eve services

5, 7:30 and 11 p.m. Dec. 24. 8840 University City Blvd. 704-549-1555; www.adventlu.org.

Amity Presbyterian

Christmas Eve service

7 p.m. Dec. 24. 2831 N. Sharon Amity Road. 704-537-3484.

Central United Methodist

Christmas Eve service

Candlelight communion worship service, 5 p.m. Dec. 24. 6030 Albemarle Road. 704-536-9157.

Cokesbury United Methodist

Christmas Eve services

7 and 11 p.m. Dec. 24. 6701 Idlewild Road. www.cokesburyumc.net.

Mallard Creek Presbyterian

Christmas Eve services

Children’s service, 5 p.m. Dec. 24. Candlelight service, 9 p.m. 1600 W. Mallard Creek Church Road. www.mallardcreekpresbyterian.org.

Saint Peter Catholic

Christmas Eve services

Mass at 4:30, 7:30, and 11 p.m. Dec. 24. 507 S. Tryon St. www.stpeterscatholic.org.

Saint Thomas Aquinas Catholic

Christmas Eve services

Mass at 4 p.m., 7 p.m. and midnight Dec. 24. 1400 Suther Road. www.stacharlotte.com.

Sedgefield Church

Christmas Eve service

Carols and candlelight worship, 5 p.m. Dec. 24. 2830 Dorchester Place. www.sedgefieldchurch.org.

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.

Allison Creek Presbyterian, York

Christmas Eve services

The youth and children will present an original interpretation of Christ’s birth based on the movie “Inside Out” at the family service, 5 p.m. Dec. 24. Meditative service with special music and Holy Communion, 11 p.m. Both services will conclude with the passing of the light. 5780 Allison Creek Road, York. www.allisoncreekchurch.com.

Bethlehem Presbyterian, Monroe

Christmas Eve service

Service of carols, candlelight, and communion, 5 p.m. Dec. 24. Casual dress. 7608 Concord Highway, Monroe. www.BethlehemChurch.net.

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