Saturday, Christmas Eve
Trinity Lutheran Church, 537 Grand Ave.: Christmas Eve candlelight worship services are at 2, 4 and 6 p.m. A Christmas Eve candlelight vigil is at 11 p.m.
First Presbyterian Church, 2420 13th St. W.: Christmas Eve services at 5 and 10 p.m. include Christmas carols and candle lighting. The service at 5 features a children’s time, and the service at 10, Communion and choir music. Everyone is welcome to join as the birth of Jesus is celebrated.
King of Glory Lutheran Church-ELCA, 4125 Grand Ave.: Four Christmas Eve services are held. Children’s Christmas Eve services are at 2 and 4 p.m. The King’s Kids Choir sings at the 4 p.m. service. Glory Ringers Handbell Choir play special music at the 7 p.m. service; the King of Glory Choir sings at the 9 p.m. service. Both conclude with the singing of “Silent Night” in candlelight. Holy Communion is celebrated and carols of the season are sung at all services.
Messiah Lutheran Church, 2939 Colton Blvd.: Christmas Eve candlelight worship with Holy Communion starts at 5 p.m. Special music includes soloists Norma Sitton and Valeri Kaae. A puppet show for the children and a vocal quartet performance also highlights the service. For more information, call 656-2018.
Peace Lutheran Church, 1301 Avenue D: Christmas Eve candlelight services are at 5 and 7 p.m.
First United Methodist Church, 2800 Fourth Ave. N.: Worship services with family carols and candle lighting take place at 5 and 7 p.m. Child care is available. A cookie banquet and fellowship take place after the services. A worship service with 30 minutes of Communion, carols and candles takes place at 9 p.m.
American Lutheran Church, 5 Lewis Ave.: A family Christmas service is at 4 p.m. Services of carols, candlelight and Communion are at 6 and 9 p.m.
Bethlehem Lutheran Church, 40 10th St. W.: Hot cider and cookies are served between the 5:30 and 7:30 p.m. worship services.
First Christian Church, 522 N. 29th St.: A Christmas Eve candlelight service starts at 5:30 p.m.
First Baptist Church, 218 N. 34th St.: A Christmas Eve candlelight service takes place at 6 p.m.
Joy Lutheran Church, 3200 Broadwater Ave.: A candlelight Communion service takes place at 5 p.m.
Shiloh United Methodist Church, 1810 Shiloh Road: Christmas Eve worship services take place at 5 and 7 p.m. Each is a Service of Song & Light and includes the beloved Christmas story — the same text quoted by Linus in “A Charlie Brown Christmas” — along with plenty of familiar songs, all a reminder of the entrance of divine light into our world. The Shiloh UMC Choir and Hand Chime Choir offer special musical gifts during the service at 5. Communion is offered at the 7 p.m. service. Both conclude with a candlelight singing of “Silent Night.”
Peace Lutheran Church, 1301 Avenue D: Candlelight Communion services are at 5 and 7 p.m.
Mayflower Congregational United Church of Christ, 2940 Poly Drive: At the 4 p.m. worship service, the four candles of Advent, symbolizing hope, peace, joy and love, are lit before the lighting of the Christ candle. Also, Michelle Burger, Carol Stovill and Sandi Rabas sing, and Fred Binckes joins Liz, Maria and Emma Fulton in playing eight-handed piano. At the 9 p.m. service, the Advent candles are lit and readings and special music performed by Nancy Downing, Julie Bishop and Carol Stovill.
Unity of Billings, 9 14th St. W.: The Rev. S. Culliver Brookman, Unity minister, leads the Unity Candle Lighting Service with readings, Scripture and Christmas songs at 7 p.m.
Pilgrim Congregational Church, 409 36th St. S.: Pastor Steve Heppner shares the message “Joy to the World,” based on Luke 2:10, at 6 p.m.
Hope United Methodist Church, 244 Wicks Lane: Christmas Eve is celebrated with candle-lighting services at 5 p.m., featuring prelude music by student musicians, and at 9 p.m., Holy Communion.
Central Christian Church, 1221 16th St. W.: Christmas is celebrated at the 5 p.m. worship service. Bailey Evenson and Braeden Roesler light the Christ candle, and the Rev. Keener speaks on “Refuge,” based on the book by Anne Booth and Sam Usher. Also, music directors Jeanne and Greg Gordon perform “O Holy Night.”
Trinity Lutheran Church, 537 Grand Ave.: Christmas Eve candlelight worship services take place at 2, 4 and 6 p.m. A candlelight vigil, with singing, devotion and quiet contemplation as we await Christmas Day, takes place at 11 p.m.
Billings First Church, 310 N. 27th St.: A Service of Carols and Lessons takes place with the offering of musical gifts at 5 p.m. and worship at 5:30.
St. Andrew Presbyterian Church, 180 24th St. W.: Refreshments are served at 5 p.m. A Christmas Eve service, filled with music and candlelight, takes place at 5:30. The choir sings, and Mary Apple and Betty Whiting play duets on piano and organ. Pastor Susan Barnes tells stories about Christmas, based on Luke 2:1-20 and Titus 2:11-14. The service ends with candlelight as the congregation sings “Silent Night” to guitar accompaniment by Cynthia Kessler and Mike Ferguson.
Messiah Lutheran Church, 2939 Colton Blvd: Holy Communion, special music including soloists Norma Sitton and Valeri Kaae, a puppet show for the children and a vocal quartet highlight the candlelight worship service at 5 p.m.
Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd, 1108 24th St. W.: A children’s Christmas Eve service is at 3 p.m. Additional worship services take place at 5 and 7 p.m.
First English Lutheran Church, 1243 N. 31st St.: Christ’s birth is celebrated with a family worship service at 5 p.m. The music offering is given by the children. A candlelight Service of Lessons and Carols takes place at 10 p.m. The choir, accompanied by the pump organ, sings carols to welcome people to the service. Guest musician Mark Soueidi plays the music offering and hymns. Other musicians are Q Staton and the senior choir. The congregation sings “Silent Night” to conclude the service.
Sunday, Christmas Day
Billings First Church, 310 N. 27th St.: The Chancel Choir rehearses at 9 a.m. The Melody Choir rehearses at 9:30. Everyone is encouraged to wear pajamas to the Christmas worship service in the fellowship hall at 11 a.m.
Trinity Lutheran Church, 537 Grand Ave.: Christmas service with Communion starts at 10 a.m.
Messiah and First English Lutheran Churches meeting at First English, 1243 N. 31st St.: A Christmas worship service starts at 10 a.m.
First United Methodist Church, 2800 Fourth Ave. N.: Christmas worship service is at 10:30 a.m.
American Lutheran Church, 5 Lewis Ave.: A Service of Carols and Communion takes place at 10 a.m.
Bethlehem Lutheran Church, 40 10th St. W.: Worship service takes place at 9:30 a.m.
First Christian Church, 522 N. 29th St.: A Christmas worship service starts at 10:30 a.m.
First Baptist Church, 218 N. 34th St.: A Christmas worship service takes place at 10 a.m.
Shiloh United Methodist Church, 1810 Shiloh Road: Christmas is celebrated with a focus on Scripture and song at the 10 a.m. worship service.
Peace Lutheran Church, 1301 Avenue D: An acoustic Christmas Day service with carols and special music is at 10 a.m.
King of Glory Lutheran Church-ELCA, 4125 Grand Ave.: Children sing at the children’s service at 2 p.m. The King’s Kids Choir sings at the children’s service at 4 p.m. Evening services include the Glory Ringers Handbell Choir offering music at 7 p.m. and special music by the King of Glory Choir at 9 p.m. Both conclude with the singing of “Silent Night.” Christmas carols are sung and Holy Communion is offered at all services.
Mayflower Congregational United Church of Christ, 2940 Poly Drive: Ginny Herrick presents carols of the season at the 10 a.m. service.
Unity of Billings, 9 14th St. W.: The Rev. S. Culliver Brookman, Unity minister, shares her Christmas message, and the lighting of the 12 Powers candles and singing of Christmas songs take place at the 10 a.m. service. After the service, a special “Russ Wilson” birthday treat is offered in the fellowship area.
Pilgrim Congregational Church, 409 36th St. S.: Pastor Steve Heppner ministers “The Wonder of it All,” based on Luke 2:16, at the 10 a.m. service.
Hope United Methodist Church, 244 Wicks Lane: Christmas worship service takes place at 9 a.m.
Trinity Lutheran Church, 537 Grand Ave.: A Christmas Communion service is at 10 a.m.
St. Andrew Presbyterian Church, 180 24th St. W.: Mike Ferguson teaches “Accounts of Jesus’ Birth” at the 9:30 a.m. Sunday school. Pastor Susan Barnes preaches on John 1:1-14, the light of Christ coming into the world, and tells stories of Christmas carols and how carol writers interpreted Scripture in song during the 11 a.m. worship service. Also, the congregation sings carols, and Daisy Eddy and Betty Whiting play a harp and flute duet.
Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd, 1108 24th St. W.: Worship service takes place at 10 a.m.
First English Lutheran Church, 1243 N. 31st St.: Christ’s Mass is celebrated and the birth of the Prince of Peace and Savior is remembered at the 10 a.m. worship service.
Craft projects at Trinity Lutheran Church, 537 Grand Ave.: Individuals with any craft or project (knitting, card-making, paint by numbers, beading, etc.,) and children are welcome from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. A pizza or sandwich lunch is provided. Crafters may bring their own drinks and snacks. For more information, call Sue Lundby at 861-1140 or Lisa Ullman at 672-1250.
New Year’s Eve for youth at Mayflower Congregational United Church of Christ, 2940 Poly Drive: All youth will attend a matinee on Saturday, Dec. 31. For details, call the church at 656-5414.
Labyrinth open walk at Unity of Billings, 9 14th St. W.: Sharlene Inglis, a Vereditas certified labyrinth facilitator, hosts a New Year’s labyrinth walk from 1 to 4 p.m. Everyone is invited to walk the labyrinth in quiet contemplation of their intentions for the coming year.
Trinity Lutheran Church, 537 Grand Ave.: A New Year’s Eve Communion worship service takes place at 5 p.m.
Holy Land Tour with Trinity Lutheran Church, 537 Grand Ave.: A first-class tour of Israel and Jordan, departing from Billings, is planned for April 26-May 7, 2017. Special couple and family fares are available before Jan. 1. For a brochure, contact Pastor Darold Reiner by calling 890-1149 or emailing email@example.com.
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