Saint Joseph Catholic Community is holding its fourth annual Festival of Lessons and Carols Concert to be held on Friday, Dec. 14 at 7 p.m. 
Saint Joseph Catholic Community is holding its fourth annual Festival of Lessons and Carols Concert to be held on Friday, Dec. 14 at 7 p.m.  (Courtesy photo)

Saint Joseph Catholic Community invites the South Carroll community to its fourth annual Festival of Lessons and Carols Concert to be held on Friday, Dec. 14 at 7 p.m. The Festival is an Advent/Christmas concert based on the service of the same name first performed at King’s College Chapel in Cambridge, England in 1918.

Members of Saint Joseph Music Ministry, including the Adult Choir, the Children’s Choir, the Hand Bell Choir, the Schola Cantorum, the Contemporary Ensemble, vocal and instrumental soloists, under the direction of Lyle Peters, the Pastoral Associate of Liturgy and Music, will offer on opportunity to enter into the spirit of the Christmas season. The evening will include Congregational Caroling, Advent and Christmas Scripture readings and reflections. Special guests will include members of the Baltimore String Quartet. Peters encourages all to “Invite your family, friends and neighbors to enjoy this wonderful way to focus your hearts and minds on the real reason for the season.”


Admission is free. However a free-will offering will be taken with the proceeds to support the SJCC Music Ministries. Saint Joseph’s is located at 915 Liberty Road in Eldersburg. For more information, call 443-920-9191.

Advent service at Strawbridge Shrine set for Dec. 9

The annual Advent candlelight service in the replica of the 1764 Log Meeting House at the Strawbridge Shrine in New Windsor will be held Sunday, Dec. 9 at 4:30 p.m. It is free and the public is invited. This was the first meeting house of Robert & Elizabeth Strawbridge who came from Ireland in about 1760 and established the first Wesleyan Methodist settlement in America. It is located on Strawbridge Lane off Wakefield Valley Road. This is the ninth year for this traditional service of lessons and carols. Interim co-president Daniel Hartzler will bring the greeting and the service leader is John Strawbridge a descendent of the Strawbridge family. The Rev. Dr. Sarah Babylon Dorrance from the Middletown United Methodist parish will bring the meditation. For more information on this historic service visit or call Lou Piel 410-751-9049.

Children’s Christmas program at Immanuel, Dec. 16

The children of Immanuel Lutheran Church Sunday School, 3184 Church Street in Manchester, invite the public to their annual Christmas program on Sunday, Dec. 16 during the 9 a.m. worship service. Children in costume will present the Christmas story with the singing of beloved Christmas carols. A reception in the social hall will follow the service. For more information contact the church office at 410-374-4463 or visit

Worship Experience at Westminster Baptist, Dec. 16

Westminster Baptist Church will be hosting a Christmas Worship Experience on Dec.16 at 8:30 and 11 a.m. The WBC Children’s Choir, Sanctuary Singers, and Worship Team will create a dynamic experience to remember the day that changed everything, when Jesus was born. Every song is intentionally chosen to help you remember and celebrate, a variety of classics and contemporary songs. The experience will include worship, biblical preaching, and fellowship.

WBC will also have a Christmas Eve service, open to all, to celebrate and reflect in preparation for Christmas Day, to be held on Dec. 26 at 6 p.m. Westminster Baptist Church is located at354 Crest Lane, Westminster. For information visit

Ebenezer UMC celebrates Christmas

Ebenezer United Methodist Church invites the public to attend its special Christmas events and services at 4901 Woodbine Road in Winfield. The Christmas cantata, “The Winter Rose,” will be sung at the 8:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. worship services Sunday, Dec. 16. The children’s Sunday School Christmas Pageant will be held during the 11 a.m. worship service, Sunday Dec. 23.

Christmas Eve services will include a traditional family worship with the Chancel choir at 8 p.m., followed by a candlelight worship, with special music, at 10 p.m. Monday, Dec. 24. Only one worship service will be held at 11 a.m. Dec. 30, with no Sunday school.

St. Peter’s holding Christmas bluegrass jam, Dec. 9

St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Hampstead will hold its second annual Christmas & Gospel Music bluegrass jam/singalong on Sunday, Dec. 9 from 2 to 4 p.m. It will feature an open mic — singers and bluegrass players are welcome. Those interested are urged to come and enjoy an inspirational and fun afternoon, including children's activities and refreshments. It is a free, handicapped accessible event.

The church is located at 4300 Church Road, Hampstead. For more information, call church’s director of music at 443-821-5776.

‘Surviving the Holidays’ at Wesley UMC, Dec. 11

“Surviving the Holidays,” a movie about dealing with grief during the holidays, will be shown on Tuesday Dec. 11 at 6:30 p.m. at the Wesley United Methodist Church Library, 3239 Carrollton Road, Hampstead. For more information call 410-374-4027.

Calvary UMC offers Longest Night Service, Dec. 16

Because the holidays can be difficult for many, Calvary United Methodist Church’s Stephen Ministry is holding a Longest Nigh Service that could be helpful to those having trouble dealing with the holidays, with life in general, or with loneliness in a place where they say you can feel God's love and the love of others who are in similar situations. All are invited for the 4 p.m. service on Sunday, Dec. 16, at Calvary United Methodist Church, 403 S. Main St., Mount Airy.