Here are the Christmas Eve and Christmas Day services and activities scheduled at churches in Bedford:
FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH, 155 CONCORD RD., BEDFORD
The First Baptist Church of Bedford invites everyone to a Christmas Eve candlelight service at 4 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 24. Take a moment in the hustle and bustle of the season to reflect on the true meaning of Christmas – The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it (John 1:5). This service is a perennial favorite time of everyone with carol singing and a child-friendly atmosphere. All are welcome.
On Christmas Sunday, Dec. 25, people are invited to celebrate with an in-person worship at 10 a.m.
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FIRST CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH, 25 GREAT RD., BEDFORD
Christmas Eve, Saturday, Dec. 24:
- Live Nativity – 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The nativity story will be on full display in front of the church.
- Christmas Eve Family Service – 4 p.m. A special service for children of all ages with lessons, carols, and an interactive telling of the nativity story.
- Christmas Eve Candlelight Service – 9 p.m. A traditional service with lessons, carols, Christmas music, and candle lighting.
Learn more at https://firstchurchbedforducc.org.
FIRST PARISH CHURCH, UNITARIAN UNIVERSAL, 75 GREAT RD., BEDFORD
“Christmas Eve” – Saturday, Dec. 24 (3:30 p.m.) – “No-Rehearsal Christmas Pageant”
Everyone is invited to a festive service led by Lisa Maria, Rev. Megan, and Rev. Annie. The youth choirs will sing under the direction of Natan Wythe, and tell the story of the birth of Jesus; and celebrate the messages of hope, peace, joy, and love in the Christmas season. As is the tradition, past members of the youth choirs are welcomed back to help sing “Carol of The Bells.” This service will close in candlelight, singing “Silent Night” together.
Meeting ID: 938 5416 3117 Passcode: 354798
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“Christmas Eve,” Saturday, Dec. 24 – (Prelude music begins at 7:40 p.m.; Service begins at 8 p.m.)
First Parish’s traditional Christmas Eve service with a homily by Rev. Annie Gonzalez titled “Face the Awesome Vision.” The adult choir and soloists, accompanied by orchestra, will be performing music by English composer, Ralph Vaughan Williams, including his “Fantasia on Christmas Carols,” “Gloucestershire Wassail,” “O Little Town of Bethlehem,” and “What Child Is This?” Favorite Christmas carols will include “Silent Night” and “The First Nowell.”
Meeting ID: 975 3681 5792 Passcode: 595771
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Learn more at https://www.uubedford.org.
LUTHERAN CHURCH OF THE SAVIOR, 426 DAVIS RD., BEDFORD
Christmas Eve services will take place on:
- Saturday, Dec. 24 – 4 p.m. (blended) and 7 p.m. (traditional) – prelude music begins before each of these services
- Sunday, Dec. 25 – 9 a.m.
Learn more at https://www.lcsavior.org.
ST. MICHAEL PARISH, 90 CONCORD RD., BEDFORD
Christmas Masses will take place on:
- Saturday, Dec. 24 – 4 p.m.
- Sunday, Dec. 25 – 7:30 a.m. and 10 a.m.
Learn more at https://bedfordcatholic.org.
ST. PAUL’S EPISCOPAL CHURCH, 100 PINE HILL RD., BEDFORD
Saturday, Dec. 24: Christmas Eve
4 p.m. – Family Service of Holy Eucharist with Youth Choir and Carols
A festive communion service for all ages, similar to the Sunday morning format with familiar carols led by the youth choir, a Christmas sermon by Rev. Chris, Holy Communion, and candlelit singing of “Silent Night.” This service is expected to last one hour and will be live-streamed.
9 p.m. – Festival Service of Holy Eucharist with Adult Choir and Carols
A nighttime service featuring carol singing led by the adult choir, Christmas sermon from Rev. Chris, and candlelit singing of “Silent Night.” A musical prelude with organ and strings will precede this service, beginning around 8:45 p.m. for those who arrive a little early. This service is expected to last an hour.
Sunday, Dec. 25: Holy Eucharist for Christmas Day with Carols
10 a.m. – Join Rev. Thea for a fun and joyful Christmas Day Eucharist. If you like, bring an unwrapped present for Rev. Thea to use in her improvised homily.
Learn more at https://www.stpaulsbedford.org.