From dealing with holiday grief to hearing a traditional Christmas message, area churches have planned a number of special events through the next week that are open to the public.
Those which have submitted their holiday schedules include the following:
At 10:30 a.m. Sunday at Rocky Mountain Bible Church, 659 N. Main St., Pastor Chad Johnson will give a Christmas message.
Johnson serves with Village Missions in Cedar River, Mich., at the Cedar River Community Chapel. He is Pastor Steve Barsuhn's son-in-law.
Sunday School will meet at 9:30 a.m. The Adult and Teen Class is studying the book of Joshua.
"Everyone is welcome to attend," states a news release.
For information, call Barsuhn at 435-239-8162 or send email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The church's website, www.rocky-mountain.org, has information about the church, video from services and sermons given at RMBC that may be listened to online or downloaded.
The Clearfield Community Church, 200 S. 500 East, has announced the following holiday schedule:
Sunday, the church will hold a 9 a.m. worship and children's program, followed by 10:30 a.m. Sunday School for all ages and an 11:30 a.m. worship celebration and children's program.
Christmas Eve, the church will hold a 6 p.m. worship service.
Christmas Day, there will be a 10 a.m. worship service with no Sunday School.
For information, call the church at 801-825-1115.
St. Peter's Episcopal Church at 1579 S. State St. will present "Celebrate His Name! Proclaim His Birth," performed by the church choir, at 5 p.m. Christmas Eve. The public is invited to this free event.
Christmas services at Westminster Presbyterian Church, 796 S. Mountain Road, begin at 10:30 a.m. Sunday with a Christmas pageant titled "Blessings in a Box, A Missional Christmas Parable." There will be one service only.
The church will offer a 7 p.m. Wednesday Longest Night Service.
"Christmas can be a painful time for some," states a news release on the event. "It may be the first Christmas without a loved family member who has recently died; it may be a time that has always been difficult."
Organizers state that the observance is a space and time to acknowledge sadness and concern, of letting those in their grief know they are not alone.
"Come out, and join with us in sharing and hearing prayers, scripture, and music that acknowledge that God's presence is for those who mourn, for those who struggle -- and that God's Word comes to shine light into our darkness," states a church news release. "Everyone, regardless of church background (or lack of it) is welcome."
The short service will be followed by a brief time for light refreshments and fellowship.
The church will hold Christmas Eve candlelight services at 6 p.m. and at 8 p.m.
Christmas Day, the church will hold a 9 a.m. service, titled Nativity of the Lord, Lessons and Carols.
For information, call the church at 801-546-0212.
Grace Presbyterian Church, 385 W. Golden Ave., will hold a Christmas Eve candlelight service at 6 p.m. Dec. 24, and a Christmas Day service at 10:30 a.m. Dec. 25.
For information, call the church at 801-444-0839 or visit the church's website at graceutah.org.
First United Methodist Church, 1339 W. 400 North, will hold several services Christmas Eve.
At 6 p.m. will be a family friendly communion and candlelight worship. Set for 7:30 p.m. will be a candlelight worship with the church's Chancel Choir and Bell Tones. An intimate candlelight worship is set for 11 p.m.
At 10 a.m. Christmas Day, the church will hold a traditional worship with carols.
For information, call the church at 801-393-5662.
Ascension Lutheran Church, 1105 N. Washington Blvd., will hold a family Christmas Eve Service at 3:30 p.m. featuring the church's Children's Bell Choir. A traditional candlelight service is set for 9 p.m.
All are welcome. For more information, call 801-782-2810.
The Congregational United Church of Christ, 3350 Harrison Blvd., behind the ReMax office, will begin its Christmas offerings at 11 a.m. Sunday with a reader's theater version of Pearl Buck's story of "On Christmas Day in the Morning."
The story has been adapted for youths by Susan Smith of Layton for a play to be performed during the worship service.
Chapman White, of Mountain Green, will play the character Robert, an elderly man, as he reminisces about Christmas when he was a 15-year-old. The other youths provide commentary on Robert's thoughts and actions.
"Turning a third-person narrative story into a play with dialogue suitable for people from 4- to 17-years-old was a challenge," Smith said in a church news release.
A 5 p.m. Christmas Eve service of candles, communion and carols will be held at the church. Christmas morning worship at 11 a.m. will be conducted by Pastor Gage Church. Hot cinnamon rolls and cocoa will be served.
The public is invited to all church events. For information, call 801-392-5012.
The Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd, 2374 Grant Ave., invites the public to join its congregation for Christmas worship.
Christmas Eve services are planned for 7:30 p.m., featuring the Eucharist and carols. "Bring your children," states a news release. At 10:30 p.m. is a choral Eucharist. Eucharist will take place again at 9 a.m. Christmas Day.
For information, call 801-392-8168.
The congregation of First Baptist Church and New Beginnings Christian Church, Together in Faith, 2519 Jefferson Ave., invites the public to join them for a 7 p.m. Christmas Eve service including "Silent Night" by candlelight.
Participants are invited to enter at the parking lot entrance on 25th Street.
The church will not have a service on Dec. 25.
For more information, call the church at 801-621-1761 or email email@example.com.
Ogden Christian Fellowship, 789 Second St., will have a Christmas Eve service from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Dec. 24.
The church will hold a Christmas Day service at 10:30 a.m.
For information, call the church at 801-394-5051.
St. James of the Just Catholic Church, 495 N. Harrison Blvd., will hold services leading up to the holiday events.
At 7 p.m. Tuesday is a penance service. From 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. and from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. will be confessions Wednesday and Thursday.
There will be Masses with no confessions at 6 p.m. and midnight Christmas Eve.
Christmas Day Masses will be celebrated at 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. There will be no evening Mass that day.
Also planned is a 5 p.m. New Year's Eve Mass with confessions from 3:30 p.m. to 4:40 p.m. and Octave of Christmas Masses Jan. 1 at 8 a.m., 9:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m. and at 6 p.m.
For information, call the church at 801-782-5393.
St. Paul Lutheran Church, 3329 Harrison Blvd., will celebrate the birth of the Savior with a 6 p.m. Christmas Eve candlelight service, a 9 p.m. Christmas Eve communion service and a 9:30 a.m. Christmas Day communion service.
For information, call 801-392-6368.
Our Savior's Lutheran Church, 5560 S. 2300 West, will celebrate Christmas by hosting Christmas Eve Services at 5 p.m., 7 p.m. and 11 p.m. to exalt the birth of the Christ child.
The 11 p.m. service will be a candlelight service with the congregation's chancel choir participating. Communion will be served at each service. The community is invited to these services and all are welcome to commune with the members.
For information, call the church at 801-825-6552.
Roy Bible Church, 5757 S 3100 West, will conduct a Christmas Eve-Eve service at 6 p.m. Dec. 23.
The service will include a recitation of the Christmas story as well as a carol sing. The church also will have a 10:30 a.m. Christmas Day service including Christmas carols as well as a Christmas sermon.
For information, call 801-776-1823 or visit the website roybiblechurch.org.
Salt Lake City
There will be no live broadcast of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir's weekly Music and the Spoken Word program on Christmas Day.
Instead, the program that will air on Christmas Day will be pre-recorded on Thursday in the Conference Center auditorium, located on the Northwest corner of North Temple and Main Street.
The Thursday recording session will be open to the public.
The Conference Center auditorium will open to patrons at 8 p.m. with recording set to begin shortly thereafter.
Audience members will need to remain in their seats until recording is complete, which is expected to last about 30 minutes. Children under 8 accompanied by an adult may enjoy the recording from the media room. However, space is limited.
On Christmas Day, the pre-recorded program will be shown in the Conference Center Little Theatre at 9:30 a.m. for any unaware of this change.