The early evening worship services at Grace on Christmas Eve are led by the children of Church and School. The candlelit cross (actually flashlights for safety purposes) formed by the 5th – 8th grade students will begin the service for the 73rd consecutive year.
All children in grades 1–8 in the School are involved in this annual highlight of our school year
Link to the live-stream
The 4:15 service will be live-streamed. Watch it in real time on December 24, or at your convenience on the Grace River Forest YouTube channel.Grace River Forest on YouTube
Here's what families need to know for December 24
As we prepare for the Christmas Eve services led by our students in Grades 1-8, here are a few notes:
When to arrive
The church and school will not open until 3:00 on Christmas Eve.At 3:45, students in Grades 1-4 should report to their classrooms, ringers and singers in Grades 5-8 report to the robe room and then go to Fellowship Hall, and pageant participants report to the sacristy. Students arriving before 3:45 must stay with their families until this time.
What to wear
Children in Grades 1-4 are asked to wear dress clothes, but do not need to wear white on top and dark on bottom.
Singers and ringers in Grades 5-8 are asked to wear comfortable dress shoes, and dress clothes that will not be too hot under their choir robe.
There will be snack for students in Grades 1-8 who are participating in both services.
Grace has followed the recommendations of state and local health officials since the beginning of the pandemic and continues to strive for safety. We continue to mandate that all children wear masks when singing and that they are spaced at a distance of three feet from one another. Children in grades 5 through 8 are required to wear a Filti brand NF95 mask, provided by Grace. These masks have worked effectively throughout the school year and children will receive a new mask before services on Christmas Eve, just as they have each month for choir.
If you have questions about the services or your child’s participation, please email your child’s classroom teacher or Johanna Johnson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Your help and support make it possible for this tradition of leading Christmas Eve worship to continue at Grace. We pray that your child’s participation in these services helps them grow in faith and knowledge of God’s love, shown to us in Christ’s birth.