Dec 22, 2013 - By Katie Roenigk, Staff WriterRiverton-area churches plan a variety of special services and musical programs for the Christmas holiday.
Most local congregations are limiting their celebration to Christmas Eve only -- Tuesday, Dec. 24.
"We just changed it from Wednesday to Tuesday so people can have Christmas with their families," Calvary Baptist Church pastor Richard Morgan said.
His group has scheduled its Christmas Eve service for 7 p.m. Tuesday at the church, 429 E. Sunset Dr.
The United Presbyterian Church, 1101 N. Broadway, is planning a candlelight service, also at 7 p.m. Tuesday. The event will include Christmas music, scriptures and a sermon by guest preacher the Rev. Bill Trollinger, with a traditional candle lighting ceremony at the end.
The Grace Reformed Fellowship also will have a Christmas Eve service at 7 p.m. at the Homestead Assisted Living Center, 950 Homestead Ave. Refreshments will follow the service.
Two more groups have chosen 7 p.m. for their events: St. John Lutheran Church, 606 N. Eighth St. W.; and Way of the Cross Assembly of God, 635 S. Second St. W. Both services will be conducted by candlelight, with a worship message offered at Way of the Cross, and a holy communion with Christmas carols at St. John.
The earliest Christmas Eve service begins at 4 p.m. Tuesday at United Methodist Church, 1116 W. Park Ave. The UMC choir will sing during the traditional 7 p.m. service at the church.
From 5 p.m. to 6 p.m., people are invited to Cornerstone Community Church, 402 S. Seventh St. E., for congregational singing and a brief message.
The candlelight services at Hillcrest Baptist Church, 1002 W. Main St., and First Baptist Church, at First Street and Sunset Drive, begin at 6 p.m.
At Lifeline Christian Church, 1430 Riverview Road, the 6:30 p.m. candlelight service will be preceded by a skit. Attendees should expect Christmas music during the event.
Finally, St. James Episcopal Church will welcome people to a candlelight service at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the southwest corner of Sixth Street and East Park Avenue.
Some churches will be busy on both Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Trinity Lutheran Church, 419 E. Park Ave., is planning a candlelight service at 7 p.m. Tuesday, followed by a Christmas Day communion service at 10 a.m. Wednesday. The congregation also will gather on New Year's Eve for a service at 7 p.m.
The Catholic community in Fremont County has a lot scheduled for Christmas. In Riverton, a children's mass will be held at 5 p.m. Christmas Eve at St. Margaret's Catholic Church, 622 E. Park Ave. The service will take place after a skit by members of the religious education group at St. Margaret's, and the children will sing during mass as well.
Another service is at 7 p.m. Tuesday at St. Margaret's, with a final mass at midnight.
On Christmas Day worship begins at 10 a.m. at St. Margaret's.
Christmas Eve worship for Catholics in Ethete will begin at 5 p.m., with a children's mass at St. Joseph Parish, 468 Plunkett Rd., including a pageant and a nativity scene.
Our Lady of the Woods Mission, 4 Riverton Street in Dubois, also will have a mass at 5 p.m.
At 8 pm. A vigil mass of Christmas will be held at Blessed Sacrament Parish, 9 Black Coal Dr. in Fort Washakie, with a reception to follow in the parish hall.
There will be Christmas carols beginning at 11 p.m. Tuesday at St. Stephen's Indian Mission, 33 St. Stephens Road, followed by a midnight mass. Hot chocolate, candy and cookies will be available after the service.
On Christmas Day, Our Lady of the Woods will welcome people for worship at 8 a.m.
Christmas mass is at 9 a.m. in St. Stephens, 11 a.m. at St. Joseph and 11:30 a.m. at St. Edwards, 11350 U.S. Highway 26 in Kinnear,
The Set Free Church will have a Christmas day service at about 5:30 p.m., Wednesday at 620 W. Adams Ave.
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