FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Carols, Children and Christmas by Candlelight
at First Presbyterian Church

Cranford, NJ – First Presbyterian Church of Cranford has released its schedule of Christmas seasonworship services:

December 9 at 5:00pm: A Service of Healing and Hope

December 23 at 10:00am: “A Ceremony of Lessons and Carols” by the Chancel Choir

December 24 at 4:00pm: Children’s Christmas Pageant “Christmas Special Delivery”

December 24 at 8:00pm: Traditional Family Worship with Candlelight

December 24 at 11:00pm: Candlelight Service with Holy Communion

December 31 at 10:30pm: New Year’s Eve Labyrinth Walk

On December 9th from 5:00–5:45pm, there will be a Service of Healing and Hope, sponsored by the “Journey to Wholeness-Healing the Grieving Heart” program. Recognizing that for many people, the holiday season may be difficult and painful due to loss of a loved one, we invite the community to come to a special service of Healing and Hope.  This service will feature prayer, poems, music, and a candlelight remembrance for our loved ones.  We will also have an opportunity to gather in community to receive comfort from each other. A time of fellowship will follow the service. We are handicapped accessible.

On Dec. 23rd at 10:00am, The Chancel Choir, under the direction of Alison Ruth Nead and accompanied by Robert Grube, will present a special Christmas Cantata “A Ceremony of Lessons and Carols” arranged by Anna Laura Page and Jean Anne Shafferman. Beloved seasonal scripture readings are interspersed with carols that include a touch of Handel and Bach.

Christmas Eve Services

Christmas Eve, Sunday Dec. 24, will offer a day-full of opportunities to worship, sing and celebrate!

At 4:00pm, more than 25 children from first to eighth grade, under the direction of Elsa Hahn and accompanied by Ann Weeks, will present the children’s Christmas pageant entitled “Christmas Special Delivery”, arranged by Mark Brymer and Mark Bernthal.  Christmas is in the air, and so is the Christmas crunch! Deadlines, wrapping, packing, traffic and general chaos are on today’s route for mailman Gabriel Wilson….who hasn’t figured out how he’ll find the Christmas spirit with all these last-minute stops, let alone how to deliver that mysterious bulky box in his bag. A miracle is on the way, however, and it’s a heaven-sent delivery that brings Christmas straight to the heart.

At 8pm, Rev. J. Christian Kile will lead a traditional Christmas Eve service with plenty of familiar Christmas carols, perfect for families and all those who wish to celebrate with full choirs and organ music.  Music will be led by the Chancel Choir, directed by Alison Ruth Nead and accompanied by organist Robert Grube.  During the final hymn, “Silent Night, Holy Night”, the lights will be dimmed and candelight will fill the Sanctuary.

At 11pm there will be a moving and beautiful candlelight service.  Holy Communion will be served. The service ends with dimming of the lights and the singing of “Silent Night, Holy Night” by candlelight.

New Year’s Eve Labyrinth

On December 31, from 10:30pm though midnight, there will be a Labyrinth walk. This calming and meditative event will help prepare hearts and minds for the coming year.

First Presbyterian Church of Cranford, NJ is a family friendly church with great programs for children and teens, and a recognized passion for serving the community, the homeless and the hungry. Join us as we actively follow Jesus’ example, teaching the children, feeding the hungry, and providing a foundation for faith development, regardless of where you are in your faith journey.

For more information, call the church office, 908-276-8440 or visit www.firstprescranford.org, follow us on Facebook and Instagram @firstprescranford or on Twitter @firstprescranfd.