Our holiday schedule of services and events

Winter Solstice. Photo (cc) by Stephen Little. Some rights reserved.

Winter Solstice. Photo (cc) by Stephen Little. Some rights reserved.

The Northshore UU Church has several special services and events scheduled for the holiday season. It begins this Sunday, December 21, at 10:30 a.m. with our annual winter solstice celebration, which will be based on the service “A Winter Solstice Singing Ritual,” written by Julie Forest Middleton and Stasa Morgan-Appel. This celebration will have lots of music, rituals, stories, and candle-lighting. Church volunteer members and friends will be the readers. The Singing Group will perform many musical selections and will lead the whole congregation in song. The service leader is Jennifer Revill.

Our annual Christmas Eve service will be held on Wednesday, December 24, at 6 p.m. Our customary readings will include the Christmas story and other perspectives on this time of year. The festive music will include traditional carols. As always, the popular tradition of candle-lighting accompanied by “Silent Night” from the Bell Choir will conclude this special service. Music Director Judy Putnam is the service coordinator.

The Northshore Church will host the 34th Christmas Dinner with Friends on Christmas Day, Thursday, December 25, from 1 to 3 p.m. We provide a decorated dining space to enjoy on Christmas Day while sharing a delicious dinner with friends and others who attend. The dinner is free, without any request for a financial contribution. The dinner includes roast turkey with all the trimmings, an assortment of wonderful desserts, as well as carol singing and live musical entertainment.

The Danvers Clergy Association and Temple Beth Shalom are co-sponsors of the dinner. Anyone living in Danvers or the neighboring towns who needs a ride to and from the dinner should call the church and leave a message with the NSUU church administrator at (978) 774-7582. Individuals requesting transportation will be contacted to finalize transportation arrangements.

Our holiday services will conclude on Sunday, December 28, at 10:30 a.m. with the theme “A Look Back and Forward.” People can share their thoughts, emotions, and traditions related to this unique time after Christmas but before the New Year. Those who attended last year will receive the sealed envelopes containing the personal comments and perspectives they wrote a year ago. In the past people have been quite surprised to see what they wrote in their mini-time-capsules. This time we will write statements to be opened next year. The service leader is Peter VanDeBogert.

Visitors are always welcome.