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Carol Terry paints a portrait of Mary and baby Jesus during a Family Christmas Festival at Moulton Baptist Church. The event was among many locally to present the story of the birth of the Messiah. Moulton Baptist will offer a Christmas Eve service at 4 p.m.
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Carol Terry paints a portrait of Mary and baby Jesus during a Family Christmas Festival at Moulton Baptist Church. The event was among many locally to present the story of the birth of the Messiah. Moulton Baptist will offer a Christmas Eve service at 4 p.m.

Candlelight, carols and communion at area church Christmas services

By Melanie B. Smith
msmith@decaturdaily.com 340-2468

The pastor of Austinville Church of God said pang of awareness led him to schedule a Christmas Eve service for the first time.

The Rev. Harold Coomer said he felt God convicting him for not having a service at one of Christians' most cherished times, the birth of Christ.

The candlelight communion service will be 5 to 5:45 p.m. Leah Jones will sing. The church at 2018 Cleveland Ave. S.W.

Other Christmas services Sunday and Monday will remind worshippers of Jesus' birth in music, drama and sermon.

In addition to these special services, most of the churches are having their regular Sunday morning worship.

Calvary Assembly of God, Christmas Eve, 10 a.m.

Westminster Presbyterian Church, Christmas Eve, 5 p.m.

Athens First United Methodist Church, Christmas Eve, 11 a.m. Also, 5 p.m. service of Holy Communion and Candlelight.

Garner Memorial Christian Methodist Episcopal Church, Christmas Day, 9 to 10 a.m.

First Christian Church, Decatur, Christmas Eve candlelight service, 6 p.m.

Annunciation of the Lord Catholic Church, Christmas Eve Children's Mass, 4 p.m. Also, Mass at 7 p.m. and midnight. Christmas Day Mass, 10 a.m.

Wesley Memorial United Methodist Church, Christmas Eve Communion service, 10:30 a.m. Candlelight Service, 11 p.m.

St. John's Episcopal Church, Christmas Eve children's pageant, 6 p.m. A 10:30 p.m. service will feature the adult choir. A Christmas Day service will be at 9 a.m.

Westmeade Baptist Church, Christmas Eve Candlelight Service, 5 p.m.

Central United Methodist Church, Christmas Eve candlelight worship, 5 and 11 p.m.

Decatur First Presbyterian Church, Christmas Eve, 5 p.m.

Decatur First United Methodist Church, Christmas Eve come-as-you are Holy Communion, 3 to 4 p.m. Candlelight communion service, 5 p.m. The Rev. Hal Noble will preach. Karen Moore and Ann Crabbe will sing.

Moulton Baptist Church, Christmas Eve worship, 4 p.m.

Athens First Baptist Church, Vespers Service and Lord's Supper, Christmas Eve, 5 p.m.

Hartselle First United Methodist Church, Christmas Eve come-and-go communion, and 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Also, communion service, 7 p.m. and "It Came Upon the Midnight Clear" communion, 11 p.m.

Sixth Avenue Church of God, Christmas Eve Service of Candles and Carols, 10 p.m.

Church of the Good Shepherd, Episcopal, Christmas Eve, 8:15 a.m., 5 p.m. and 10:15 p.m.

Tanner United Methodist Church, Christmas Eve come-and-go communion, 6 to 7 p.m.

First Baptist Church of Austinville, Christmas Eve, 10:30 a.m.

Athens First Presbyterian Church, Christmas Eve, 7 p.m.

Autumnwood Baptist Church, Christmas Eve, 9:30 a.m.

Decatur Christian Church, Christmas Eve Communion and Candlelight service, 5 p.m.

Ninth Street United Methodist Church, Christmas Eve Candlelight Communion, 5 p.m.

St. Andrew Presbyterian Church, Christmas Eve Candlelight Communion, 6 p.m.

Hartselle First Baptist Church, Candlelight Communion, 5 p.m.

West Hartselle Baptist Church, Lord's Supper worship, 10 a.m.

St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Christmas Eve family worship, 6 p.m. and candlelight worship, 11 p.m. Christmas Day worship, 10:30 a.m.

Austinville United Methodist Church, Christmas Eve Communion service, 10:45 a.m.

Decatur First Baptist Church, Christmas Eve Carols by Candlelight, 5 p.m.

Wooley Springs Baptist Church, Christmas Eve Candlelight service and Lord's Supper, 11 p.m.

Trinity Baptist Church, Christmas Eve, 5 p.m.

Gum Springs Baptist Church, Christmas Eve service, 10 a.m.

Grace Presbyterian Church, Madison, Lessons and Carols with Holy Communion, 7 p.m.

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