Christmas at Messiah Church
Joy! At the manger, we hear the angel voices announcing the joy of this night, and when we look around we just might see the angel that brings joy to a darkened world.
Join us for Christmas Eve worship — special music, a message of hope, and the tradition of candlelight as we sing Silent Night.
Experience the joy of Christmas at Messiah!
Wednesday, December 21 @ 7 pm
Candlelight Traditional Worship
A traditional Christmas Eve candlelight service with bells, organ, vocal ensemble, and carols.
Experience this service in-person or online at MessiahChurch.org/live.
(Music begins at 6:45 pm)
Saturday, December 24
Candlelight Family Worship
A family-friendly Christmas Eve candlelight service with the story of Christ’s birth, a Christmas pageant, and familiar carols. As you enter the sanctuary, all kids and youth are invited to choose a costume if they would like to join the unscripted “pop-up” pageant.
Experience this service in-person only.
(Music begins at 2:30 pm)
Gather at the Manger
An outdoor family-friendly Christmas Eve candlelight service in our parking lot. We’ll read the Christmas Story, light candles, and sing Silent Night. Dress for 20 minutes in the outdoor weather.
This is a stand-up, in-person worship experience.
Candlelight Contemporary Worship*
A contemporary Christmas Eve candlelight service, led by The Way praise band, with contemporary music and carols.
Experience this service in-person or online at MessiahChurch.org/live.*
(Music begins at 6:30 pm)
Candlelight Traditional Worship*
A traditional Christmas Eve candlelight service with organ, vocal ensemble, and carols.
Experience this service in-person or join us online at MessiahChurch.org/live.*
(Music begins at 8:45 pm)
Sunday, December 25
Christmas Day Worship – A Service of Carols
Sing carols and hear stories about these carols from the comfort of your home – bring your coffee, invite your visiting house guests, and attend in your pajamas. If you love Christmas music, you won’t want to miss this!
Experience this service ONLINE ONLY available to stream at your convenience beginning at 6 am at MessiahChurch.org/live/ondemand.
Sunday, January 1 @ 9:30 am
New Year’s Day Worship*
Ring in the New Year with Messiah Church at ONE combined worship service at a special time – 9:30 am on New Year’s Day. The story of Jesus’ birth continues as we celebrate Epiphany and the arrival of the Magi, greeting the newborn King. Through their long journey, we’ll see how the good news of Jesus moves beyond Bethlehem, and becomes good news for the world.
Experience this service, complete with communion, in-person or online at MessiahChurch.org/live.*
Christmas Eve Candles
Each Christmas Eve service ends with the singing of Silent Night as we pass the candlelight.
If you plan on attending one of our online Christmas Eve services, you are welcome to pick up and take home the candles you will use for online worship. Christmas Eve candles are available for pick up in the church atrium on Sundays (beginning Sunday, December 4) or during church office hours (Monday-Thursday 9 am-5 pm and Friday 9 am-12 pm). If you plan to worship with us in person for Christmas Eve, there’s no need to pick up candles. We will have your Christmas Eve candle waiting for you at the start of each service.
If you don’t live in the Twin Cities area and would like us to mail you Christmas Eve candles, leave a message (with your address and number of desired candles) for Carolyn Loeffler in the church office at (763) 473-6968 ext 101, or email at email@example.com.
Our 2022 Christmas Offering is providing assistance with food insecurity at both Bloom Early Learning & Child Care (through our Totes for Hope program) and Imara International:
Totes for Hope is a ministry of Messiah Church to help minimize food insecurity for Bloom Early Learning & Child Care families. What started in the summer of 2018 has evolved to better meet the needs of Bloom families by becoming a self-select food shelf. Available throughout the week, all year long, this program allows families to take what food they need, when they need it. Your Christmas offering will provide funds to purchase food for this program. For more information on Bloom, visit www.bloomearlylearning.org.
Imara International, one of Messiah Church’s covenant mission partners, is a US based nonprofit working in Kenya to provide an opportunity for teenage mothers to earn a high school degree and learn marketable skills to support themselves and their children. Imara fosters a safe, healthy environment where respect, faith, and teamwork are a central focus. Infants and children who are part of the Imara family are provided healthcare and early childhood education. Imara’s program is structured to teach life-sustaining skills that build strong families and communities while breaking the cycle of poverty. Your Christmas offering will provide funds to support Imara’s farming initiatives – planting two additional acres of land, fencing to protect crops, purchasing a freezer to preserve vegetables for the dry season, and teaching the moms ethical farming practices. For more information on Imara, visit www.imarainternational.org.
Give to the Christmas Offering online by selecting “Christmas Offering” and indicating a recipient, by texting a dollar amount to (763) 333-2673 and following the prompts, or by mailing a check (indicate “Totes for Hope” or “Imara International” in the memo) to: Messiah Church, 17805 County Road 6, Plymouth, MN 55447. Undesignated gifts will be evenly distributed.