Celebrate Christmas with song and candle

Beautiful voices and candlelight will set the mood as The United Church celebrates the arrival of the Christ Child

Beautiful voices and candlelight will set the mood as The United Church of Canada in Campbell River celebrates the arrival of the Christ Child.

All are invited to join our congregation for one, two or all three of our special Christmas services.

The United Church Choir will present its annual Christmas Cantata during regular morning worship at 10 a.m. on Sunday Dec 18. Lead Me Back to Bethlehem: Rediscovering the Joy, Peace, and Love of Christmas is a new work by Pepper Choplin.

Choplin has used familiar tunes that aren’t usually connected with Christmas to help tell the story, such as Scarborough Fair and Aura Lee.

In the conductor Cindy Taylor’s own words, “Hopefully, these familiar tunes will draw the listener into the events and different moods of the story.”

Taylor is a well-known Campbell River pianist and music teacher.  Accompanying the choir on piano is Linda Cannon.

There will be two Christmas Eve services on the evening of Saturday Dec. 24.

The family-oriented service is at 7 p.m. and a quieter service at 10 p.m.  Both are led by the United Church minister, Wayne Hughes.

The early service will be a joyous musical and visual feast for all ages with candlelighting, selections by the church choir and Christmas carols for everyone to sing.

The mood will change at the 10 p.m. service, a quiet late-evening vigil where Holy Communion will be shared as part of a peaceful, reflective celebration of the joy of Christ’s arrival.

There will be no regular Sunday service on Christmas Day.

Elaine Julian and Brenda Geddert, members of the United Church congregation and church Council, will lead the regular Sunday worship service at 10 a.m. on Jan. 1 which will feature carol singing and New Years reflections.

Call the Church Office at 286-0431 for more information.

The church is at the corner of Pinecrest and South Birch, just down the hill from Strathcona Gardens.