Holiday services and events at Northshore UU

Christmas quilt

The holiday season is upon us, and with that comes a series of special services and events at the Northshore UU Church.

This Sunday, December 22, we will hold our annual Holiday Music Service at 10:30 a.m. Music Director Judy Putnam will lead us in celebrating the holidays with performed music and joyful congregational singing. Coffee and fellowship will follow the one-hour service.

Later that day, at 5:30 p.m., we will informally observe the Winter Solstice, the shortest day of the year. The service, which is being coordinated by Peter VanDeBogert, will include an outside fire as in years past. People will be invited to share their thoughts on the solstice and the season. All are invited to drop in during all or part of the service or to join us for the silent meditation.

Our Christmas Eve Candlelight Service will be held on December 24 from 6 to 7 p.m., with Unitarian Universalist “lessons and carols,” culminating in candle-lighting to “Silent Night.”

The 32nd annual Christmas Dinner with Friends will be held, as always, on Christmas Day from 1 to 3 p.m. The doors are open at noon, and all are welcome to take part in this traditional celebration. To request a ride, please call the church office at (978) 774-7582 and leave a message. The dinner is hosted by the Northshore UU Church and sponsored by the Danvers Clergy Association and Temple Beth Shalom of Peabody.

The holiday season will conclude on Sunday, December 29, with a service titled “Past, Present, and Future,” to be led by Peter VanDeBogert. The service will offer a nostalgic look back at past holidays and traditions, a thoughtful look at present joys and concerns of the season, and consideration of future hopes and dreams for meaningful celebrations.

The emphasis will be on how those elements affect you and your loved ones. Those attending will have the opportunity to share. The service will begin at 10:30 a.m., followed by coffee and fellowship at about 11:30.

Visitors are always welcome.