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St. Andrew Lutheran Church

CHARLESTOWN — St. Andrew Lutheran Church, 15 East Beach Road, will hold three Christmas Eve Services on Monday Dec. 24. The 3 p.m. family service will include carols and communion, plus the Christmas Story for the children and birthday cupcakes for Jesus during the sermon. The 4:30 p.m. Christmas Service with will include carols and communion with special music by the “Grace” Choir. At 6 p.m., the Candlelight Christmas with include carols and communion.

For more information, call 401-322-0088.

The Church at Westerly

WESTERLY — The church meets for worship every Sunday at the Tower Street School Community Center, 93 Tower St. The dress is casual and worship is from 10 to 11 a.m. Traditional Christian beliefs are taught from the Holy Bible and all are welcome.

Children of all ages worship with their families until 10:45 a.m., and then children go to Bible study classes, where there is a snack. For more information, call Pastor Fred at 401-533-7206 or visit TheChurchAtWesterly.org.

Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

MYSTIC — Services will be held at 1230 Flanders Road on Sundays, from noon to 3 p.m. Acts 4:12 “Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.”

First Baptist Church of Charlestown

CHARLESTOWN — A Candlelight Christmas Eve Service will be held on Monday, Dec. 24, at 7 p.m. The Rev. Dr. Malcolm MacKenzie will lead the service, which will include candles, carols, and readings. The Quonnie Baptist Choir will perform under the leadership of the director of music, Dianne Dubendorf, and organist, James Larson.

For more information, contact The Rev. Dr. Malcolm MacKenzie, at 401-783-3594. First Baptist Church of Charlestown is located at 5073 Old Post Road.

Babcock Presbyterian Church

ASHAWAY— The Worship Service on Sunday, Dec. 23, at 9:30 a.m., will be led by the Rev. Byeta Hoover-Mulvany. Her sermon will be based on scripture readings from Micah 5:2-5a and Luke 1:39-55.

The Christmas Eve candlelight worship service will be held Monday, Dec. 24, at 7 p.m.

The Blessing Box is now open outside the church building 24/7 as a community service to anyone in need. People may “take what you need” and anyone who is able to “give what you can.” This could include nonperishable food items as well as personal hygiene items and baby needs.

The church is located at 25 Maxson St. For more information, visit babcockpresbyterianchurch.com.

Dunn’s Corners Community Church

WESTERLY — On Sunday, Dec. 26, worship will be held at 8 and 10 a.m. At 8 a.m., The Reverend Dr. Wayne Eberly’s sermon will be “Awe” from Luke 1:57-66, “When John the Baptist was born to Zechariah and Elizabeth, ‘All the people were filled with awe, and throughout the hill country of Judea, people were talking about all these things.’” Andrew Wallace, director of Music and Arts Ministry, and Grace Urrico, organist/pianist will lead the congregation in music. At the 8 a.m. service, Kathy Koziol and Andy Wallace will perform the duet "Of the Father’s Love Begotten” arr. Fetke/Grassi. The anthem, presented by the Chancel Choir at 10 a.m. will be “Shine the Light of our Love” by Patterson.

On Christmas Eve, Monday, Dec. 24, candlelight services will be held at 5 p.m. for families, and at 10 p.m., the Chancel Choir and orchestra will perform the cantata, “The Glory of Christmas.”

On Christmas, Tuesday, Dec. 25, worship will be held at 11 a.m., followed by a free Christmas dinner at noon in Fellowship Hall.

There is a cry room available for parents who have infants or toddlers and would like to listen to worship while attending to their child and a separate room for infants and toddlers.

Call 401-322-0655 or e-mail clerk@dcccp.necoxmail.com the church office for more information. The church is located at 221 Post Road.

Second Baptist Church of North Stonington

NORTH STONINGTON — Second Baptist Church of North Stonington, 12 Stillman Road, is an independent, conservative, evangelical Baptist church. It is a Bible-based church with practical preaching and teaching for all ages. The Sunday, Dec. 23, service begins at 10 a.m. Rev. David Jordan will share a Christmas message titled, “Unto You a Child is Born,” from the book of Luke 2:1-21.

Sunday school classes for all ages (from birth to senior citizens) begin at 9 a.m. Pastor Dave is doing a continuous study from the books of 1st and 2nd Thessalonians. The schedule of classes can be found at secondbaptistns.org.

There will be no Sunday evening service this week. On Monday, Dec. 24, the Christmas Eve Candlelight Service will be held at 6 p.m. There will be singing of carols, special music, a children’s story time and Pastor Dave will share his message, “The Word Became Flesh,” from the book of John 1:1-4,14. The regular Sunday evening service will resume on Dec. 30 at 6 p.m.

There will be no Wednesday evening programs this week or next due to school vacation. All programs will resume Wednesday, Jan. 9.

North Stonington Christian Academy is a ministry of our church with open enrollment. Call 860-599-2077 for more information.

Pleasant Street Baptist Church

WESTERLY — Church School for all ages and New Life classes start at 9:30 a.m., with church service following promptly at 10:45 a.m. This week's sermon “God’s Grace Gift” is taken from scripture in the books of Luke 2:1-20; Ephesians 2:8-9.

On Wednesdays at 7 p.m. prayers and Bible Study will be a chance for discussion and deeper understanding of God’s Word.

A Christmas Eve Candlelight service will be held on Monday, Dec. 24, at 6:00 p.m.

The church accepts any nonperishable food items for the emergency food pantry at the church office, 31 Pleasant St.; donations taken during office hours. To recommend those in need, call the office at 401-596-1923

Pleasant Street Baptist Church is at 37 Pleasant St., Minister Mallory Davis, pastor. Church office hours are 7:45 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. Monday through Thursday. For more information, email psbcwesterly@aol.com or visit the church Facebook page at facebook.com/pg/PSBCNorthEndWesterly/.

Trinity Lutheran Church and Preschool

ASHAWAY — Trinity Lutheran Church will continue to celebrate Advent with The Bread Of Life, based on Micah 5:2-4, to savor, taste, smell, and see the lasting, nourishing, and satisfying Bread that is Jesus, at the 10 a.m. worship service on Sunday Dec. 23. There will be an Adult Bible Discussion about Joy at 9 a.m.

On Monday, Dec. 24, there will be lessons and carols at 7 and 11 p.m., including the Poppes singing “Sing Hosanna,” ending in candlelight as the congregation sings “Silent Night.” The choir will sing “The First Nowell” at 11 p.m., and the service will conclude with candlelight and “Silent Night.”

On Tuesday, Dec. 25, the church will celebrate the birth of Jesus with Holy Communion at 9 a.m. Holly Griffin will sings “All Is Well” and the Poppes will sing “Christ Is Born.”

The church uses the historic liturgy to maintain a faithful Christian witness in the community that is true to the Holy Scriptures and historic Lutheran Confessions. Holy Communion is celebrated every Sunday.

Al-Anon gathers Thursdays at 7 p.m.

Trinity Lutheran Church and Preschool is located at 110 High St. For more information, call the church office, 401-377-4340 or Pastor Jim Wiese, 413-250-2821; or visit trinityashaway.org, or Trinity’s Facebook page. For preschool information, call director Lori Calcagni at 401-377-2416, or email trinitypreschoolashawayri@gmail.com.

Calvary Episcopal Church

STONINGTON — The traditional Episcopal worship is held each Sunday. At 8 a.m., there is a spoken Holy Eucharist, Rite I service. At 10 a.m., featured is a Choral Holy Eucharist, Rite II. A variety of choirs and musical ensembles are featured. Nursery care is available; children pre-K through junior high attend Sunday School at 10 a.m. and join back in church for Holy Communion.

The church, at 27 Church St., is involved in local missions such as the Pawcatuck Neighborhood Center. There are adult education and enrichment programs that draw church members from throughout New London County and the greater Westerly area.

Church of the Holy Spirit

CHARLESTOWN — Led by the Rev. Eileen Lindeman, Sacrament of Holy Communion is celebrated Sundays at 9:30 a.m. On Thursdays, from 4 to 5:30 p.m., there is an adult education meeting which features discussion of the current book selection. The third Saturday of the month, from 8 to 10 a.m., there is a “Pancakes with a Purpose Breakfast” mission with three other local parishes. Proceeds are donated to Family Housing Support.

On the second Saturday of the month, from 10 a.m. to noon, there is a “Faith Sharing” with potluck lunch. Some of the topics have been “Grief: Getting to know Jesus”; “outreach to the community;” and “how do we live our faith.” The church is located at 4150 Old Post Road. For more information, call the church at 401-364-6368.

Shannock Baptist Church

SHANNOCK — Regular service times are, Sunday School at 9:30 a.m., Sunday services at 11 a.m. and 6 p.m., Tuesday men’s and ladies fellowships at 6:30 p.m., and Wednesday prayer service at 7 p.m.

The Awana group has begun again for this year. The group will meet every Wednesday from 6:30 to 8 p.m. There will be games, refreshments, and Bible teaching.

For questions, call the pastor at 401-364-6569. The church is located at 1632 Shannock Road.

Faith Bible Chapel

WESTERLY — Sunday worship service begins at 10:30 a.m., where the praise and worship team will open and close the service with contemporary Christian music. Children’s Sunday school and nursery are also available. A time of praise and prayer takes place every Tuesday evening at 7 p.m.

The Faith Bible Chapel’s MOM’s Group meets the second and fourth Wednesday of each month, September through May. Awana for children ages 3 through sixth grade meets on the first, second and third Fridays of each month from 6 to 7:30 p.m.

Faith Bible Chapel is a nondenominational Christian church located at 115 Ashaway Road. For more information, call the church at 401-348-9637, visit faithbiblechapel.com.

St. Thomas Episcopal Church

ALTON — Worship and church school will be held at 9 a.m., on Sunday, Dec 16. Coffee hour and fellowship follows the service. Parking is available on the street in front of the church.

The church is located at 322 Church St. For more information, visit the church’s website stthomasalton.blogspot.com or call 401-364-3113.

The Pilgrim’s Baptist Church

ASHAWAY — The church schedule includes Sunday morning at 9:30 a.m. for Bible Fellowship classes. The classes are discussion-oriented and are aimed at building relationships while studying God’s Word. Groups offered are men’s, women’s, mixed adult, young adults, teens and children’s classes. After Bible Fellowship, coffee and pastries are served in the fellowship hall. Sunday morning worship begins at 10:30 a.m. The service emphasizes worship, praise and a focus on the word of God for challenge and inspiration. There is also a 6 p.m. service. The evening service is flexible and different as each of the church’s services is unique.

Christmas will be celebrated with a Christmas Eve Service on Monday, Dec. 24, at 6 p.m.

Visit pilgrimsbaptist.com for more information and to get involved in a Life-Group. Teen group meets at the church Wednesdays at 6 p.m.

For more information, listen to “The Winning Side” at 9 a.m. on WBLQ 1230 AM, call the church office at 401-377-6077 or visit pilgrimsbaptist.com. The church is at 27 Chase Hill Road, Ashaway.

First Baptist Church of North Stonington

NORTH STONINGTON — The First Baptist Church of North Stonington strives to keep pace with societal changes, like the family structure and the keeping of the Sabbath, the one thing that never changes is Jesus Christ.

A new series will be held Sunday morning at 10 a.m., Heroes for All Ages – a study of biblical greats. Meetings are held the second Wednesday of every month at 6:30 p.m.

The church is located at 793 Pendleton Hill Road. For more information, email fbcnstonington@gmail.com or visit facebook.com/Pendletonhillchurch2017/.

Christ Church

WESTERLY — Worship at Christ Church begins with the Saturday, Holy Eucharist service, Rite I, at 5 p.m. On Sunday, Rite II Choral Eucharist will be held at 9 a.m., and at 11 a.m., Rite II with incense and children’s homily. Nursery care is provided from 8 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Children’s Chapel is held during the first half of the 9 a.m. service, and children return to the church to be with their parents for the rest of the service. Sunday school classes will be held at 10:15 a.m. The Holy Eucharist will also be celebrated on Wednesday at 7 a.m. and 10 a.m., with Bible study following the 10 a.m. service.

On Monday, Dec. 24, Christmas Eve services begin with the Pageant and Holy Eucharist at 5 p.m. and at 9:40 p.m., Christmas carols by the Choir will precede the traditional Choral Christmas Eve Candlelight Eucharist at 10 p.m.

On Christmas Day, Tuesday, Dec. 25, there will be a Choral Eucharist at 10 a.m. There will be no services on Wednesday, Dec. 26.

On Sunday, Dec. 30, at 5 p.m., the Choir of Christ Church, George Kent, organist and choirmaster, will present the annual Festival of Lessons and Carols for Christmas. The service will feature choral music by the choir, congregational singing of carols and hymns, and the reading of the lessons in celebration of the birth of the Christ child. The lessons, read by parish members and lay leaders from the community, recount the ancient prophecies and the joy of Christ coming into the world. Childcare is provided in the nursery. A reception in the Parish Hall follows the service.

The Living Supplies Closet is open on Tuesday, from 2 to 4 p.m., and on Thursday, from 10 a.m. to noon. Located in the basement of Christ Church, the “Closet” provides local residents in need with the opportunity to obtain items that cannot be purchased with government assistance. Donations of items or cash are always needed and greatly appreciated.

The church is located at 7 Elm St. For more information, call 401-596-0197, email christ-church@verizon.net or visit christchurchwesterly.org.

Unitarian Universalist Congregation of South County

PEACE DALE — Sunday morning service is held at 10 a.m. The church is located at the Lily Pads Professional Complex at 27 North Road. Call 401-783-4170 or visit uusouthcountyri.org for more information.

Central Baptist Church

WESTERLY — The Central Baptist Church Sunday will hold a family friendly service with carols, a short interactive drama, and fun for the whole family on Sunday, Dec. 23, at 10:30 a.m.

Adult Sunday school classes are held at 9 a.m. Sunday school for children is held during the worship hour.

A Christmas Eve candlelight service will be held on Monday, Dec. 24, at 7 p.m. for a service of scriptures and carols. The service ends with the singing of “Silent Night: by candlelight.

Mid-week worship is held on Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m. in the chapel. There is music, prayer and an uplifting message. Avondale Bible Fellowship studies are held Thursday mornings at 8:30 a.m. at Central Baptist Church in fellowship hall. Coffee is at 8 a.m.

The church is located at 16 Elm St. For more information, visit cbcwesterly.org or call the church office at 401-596-4929.

Weekapaug Chapel

WE STERLY— A traditional Christmas Eve service of lessons and carols will be held on Dec. 24, at 5 p.m., at the Weekapaug Chapel, 105 Noyes Neck Road. The service will be led by Mary Goodman, assisted by readers from the community, with Gery Elliott playing the organ. In lieu of an offering canned goods will be collected to be donated to the Jonnycake Center. The chapel will be heated.

Congregational Church of North Stonington

NORTH STONINGTON — Candlelight Christmas Eve services at the Congregational Church of North Stonington, 89 Main St., will be led by Rev. Sue Latourette, pastor. The 5 p.m. Family Worship will feature music by soloist, Alice Robbins and the youth choir directed by organist and director Michael G. Noonan. The Christmas story is shared in a children’s sermon. The celebration concludes with the lighting of the Christ candle from which every worshipper will receive a light.

At 9:30 p.m., a musical Prelude to Worship will be offered by the Senior and the Handbell Choirs, directed by Michael G. Noonan. At 10:00 p.m., the Candlelight Worship Service will include Lessons and Carols, Christmas meditation and music by the Senior Choir, Handbell Choir and soloist soprano, Renee Celey under the direction of Michael G. Noonan. Again the celebration concludes with the lighting of the Christ candle from which every worshipper will receive a light.

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