A variety of services and special events will fill sanctuaries around the area this week in celebration of Christmas. Below is a listing of services both on Sunday, and Christmas Eve. Whether its music you enjoy or the quiet of a candlelight service, there are several options from which to choose to attend.
Lessons and carols of the Nativity will be offered at 5 p.m. Monday at Church of the Holy Nativity (Anglican), 2495 N. Cole St., Lima. That service will be followed by Holy Communion.
The Columbus Grove Community Christmas Eve service will begin at 9 p.m. Monday at St. John United Methodist Church, 205 N. High St., Columbus Grove.
At Faith Christian Church, a Service of Lessons and Carols will begin at 5:30 p.m. on Christmas Eve at the church, 2223 Shawnee Road, Lima.
A candlelight Christmas Eve service will begin at 10 p.m. Monday at the Gomer United Church of Christ, 7350 Gomer Road, Gomer. The service will also include carols and Scripture.
In Faith Ministries International will hold Christmas services at the 9 and 11 a.m. services Sunday at the church, 825 N. Jefferson St., Lima.
Liberty Chapel United Methodist Church will offer the candlelight service, “Wise Men Seek Him: Who Do You Seek?” at 9:30 p.m. Monday at the church, 7590 Sandusky Road, Lima. The service will include special music, Christmas songs, and Holy Communion.
The final performance of “A Song Is Born,” as performed by the combined choirs of Cridersville, New Hampshire and Lima First Churches of the Nazarene, will begin at 6 p.m. Sunday at Lima First Church of the Nazarene, at Elm and West streets, Lima. Refreshments will follow.
Lima First Missionary Church will present a pre-Christmas Eve community candlelight service at 6 p.m. Sunday at the church, 1105 W. Robb Ave., Lima.
Market Street Presbyterian Church will host a pipe organ and piano concert at 8:30 p.m. on Christmas Eve at the church, 1100 W. Market St., Lima. That concert will be followed at 9 p.m. by a Christmas Eve worship service.
At New Creation Lutheran Church, the Christmas Eve worship service will begin at 7 p.m. Monday. The church is located at 2701 Allentown Road, Lima.
Pandora United Methodist Church will hold a Christmas Eve service at 9 p.m. Monday at the church, 108 E. Washington St., Pandora. The service is patterned after the Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols. Music begins at 8:30 p.m.
At St. Mark United Methodist Church, the Christmas service will begin at 10:15 a.m. on Sunday. On Christmas Eve, a 7 p.m. service will be held at the church, 1110 N. Metcalf St., Lima.
South Side Christian Church will host two candlelight Christmas Eve services, a 7:30 p.m. service and an 11:30 p.m. service. The church is located at 3300 South Side Drive, Lima.
Trinity Lutheran Church in Jenera will host a celebration service at 9:30 a.m. Sunday at the church, 301 N. Main St., Jenera. That service will feature the choir singing “And the Glory of the Lord,” from Handel’s Messiah. On Christmas Eve, “Gifts from the Manger,” a program by students of the Trinity Lutheran Church and School, begins at 7 p.m., with pre-service music at 6:30 p.m.
Kingdom Kidz will present their children’s Christmas program, “A Mexican Christmas” at 10:30 a.m. Sunday at Trinity Wesleyan Church, 414 E. Market St., Lima. The sermon by the Rev. Eric Allen will follow at 11 a.m.
Vaughnsville Community Church will hold a Christmas Eve candlelight service beginning at 11 p.m. Monday at the church, 153 W. Findlay St., Vaughnsville.
Westminster United Church of Christ will offer a 7:30 p.m. traditional candlelight service on Christmas Eve with carols and Holy Communion. The church is located at 6845 Faulkner Road, Harrod.
Zion Lutheran Church in St. Marys will offer Christmas Eve worship services at 7 and 11 p.m. Monday at the church, 210 N. Wayne St., St. Marys.