Christmas church services set for this week

DEC. 20

“A LITTLE BIT OF CHRISTMAS,” 11 a.m. Dec. 20, Solid Rock Community Church, 602 Old Orchard Road, Harvard. There will be a service and special skit starring the children and narrated by the Rev. Jordan Gardner and his wife, Amber. Light refreshments will follow. Everyone is invited. Information: 815-943-9300.

BLUE CHRISTMAS SERVICE, 4 p.m. Dec. 20, St. Barnabas Lutheran Church, 8901 Cary-Algonquin Road, Cary. For those who are grieving or otherwise hurting and find this time of year to be difficult. Information: 847-639-3959 or email Rev. Cunningham at

CHRISTMAS CANTATA, 10 a.m. Dec. 20, Community Church of Richmond, 5714 W. Broadway, Richmond. The Chancel Choir will present “One Silent Night: A Christmas Ballad of Love and Joy” by Pepper Choplin. Information: 815-675-6521 or

TREE OF LIFE HOLIDAY CHOIR CONCERT, 4:30 p.m. Dec. 20, Tree of Life Unitarian Universalist Congregation, 5603 Bull Valley Road, McHenry. “Poetry, Quotes and Song” will feature sacred and secular music along with seasonal poems and quotations. The Adult Choir will be accompanied by an 11-piece orchestra. A reception to follow the concert. A free-will offering will be taken. Information: 815-322-2464 or

DEC. 22

ADVENT TAIZE WORSHIP SERVICE, 7 p.m. Dec. 22, First Congregational Church, 461 Pierson St., Crystal Lake. A quiet, simple way of prayer for people of all Christian traditions in a candlelight service. Information: 815-459-3321 or

DEC. 24

CHRISTMAS IN THE BARN, 4 p.m. Dec. 24, Cody’s Farm and Orchard, 19502 River Road, Marengo. A live nativity service hosted by Marengo United Methodist Church. Those who attend are encouraged to dress for the weather as the barn is not heated and bring non-perishable food items to donate to those less fortunate. Information: or

A CANDLELIGHT CHRISTMAS EVE, 8 and 10 p.m. Dec. 24, Historic Immanuel Lutheran Church, 178 McHenry Ave., Crystal Lake. Traditional candlelight services will be offered. There will also be 2 and 4 p.m. contemporary celebrations at Immanuel Lutheran Church and School, 300 S. Pathway Court. Free. Information: 815-451-9376 or

CHRISTMAS EVE CANDLELIGHT SERVICE, 7 p.m. Dec. 24, Mount Hope United Methodist Church, 1015 W. Broadway, Johnsburg. The public is invited to attend the service. Information: 847-497-3805.

CHRISTMAS EVE CANDLELIGHT WORSHIP SERVICES, 5 and 11 p.m. Dec. 24, St. Paul’s United Church of Christ, 485 Woodstock St., Crystal Lake. The 5 p.m. service will feature “The ABC’s of Christmas” with the God’s Kids music group performing. The 11 p.m. service will feature the Adult Choir and Bells of Praise. All are welcome. Information: 815-459-5096 or

CHRISTMAS EVE OPEN HOUSE PARTY, 6 to 8 p.m. Dec. 24, Faith Community United Church of Christ, 2023 Route 176, Prairie Grove. Offering dinner of homemade traditional holiday dishes, annual display of more than 120 Nativity sets and 8 p.m. Christmas Eve Service of Light. Free. Information: 815-479-1307 or

CHRISTMAS EVE SERVICES, 7, 9 and 11 p.m. Dec. 24, First Congregational Church of Dundee, 900 S. Eighth St., West Dundee. The 7 p.m. service will be family friendly and designed with children in mind. The 9 p.m. service will feature the High School Singers. The 11 p.m. service will feature the adult vocal and handbell choirs and ensembles. Information: 847-426-2161, ext. 202, or

CHRISTMAS EVE/DAY SERVICES, Dec. 24-25, Saint James Episcopal Church, 516 Washington St., West Dundee. Christmas Eve: 4 p.m. Dec. 24 family service, 10 p.m. Dec. 24, traditional carol singing, 10:30 p.m. Dec. 24, choral Eucharist. Christmas Day: 10 a.m. Dec. 25, family Eucharist. Information: 847-426-5612 or

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