St. Paul United Church of Christ

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Changes in Christmas Eve Services  


St. Paul has a long-time tradition of two services on Christmas Eve, but the Board for Worship and Spiritual Life has been studying whether it is viable to continue with both services.  The Board realizes and agrees that change is often hard. The decision is not being made lightly. Much consideration is being taken to make this difficult choice.

The Board hopes our members will ponder and understand some of the facts that influence the planning of our Christmas Eve services.

  • While we have a large church building, we now have a small church membership
  • Our membership is aging, and their safety is a concern if they are out late on a cold and possibly snowy winter night
  • Consider the few volunteers (mostly 70+ years old) who shovel snow before and after services
  • Realize the work done by those same people between the two services

To prepare for the 11 p.m. service it takes most of the time between the services. The volunteers have no time on Christmas Eve for anything else. Some of these people have given up their Christmas Eve for 10 or 15 and up to 18 years.

However, before we decide to change to one Christmas Eve service, we are pondering a way to keep both services. We will ask our regular volunteers to work during only the 7 p.m. service and ask for a whole new crew to handle the 11 p.m. service. There is a sign-up sheet on the bulletin board for those who would like to help. If we can get enough volunteers to fill the duties on the sheet, the board will take It into consideration.

The final decision on the number of Christmas Eve services will be made by November 16th so the December Spiritus can have the final Christmas Eve schedule.







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101 N 8th St, Pekin, IL 61554

Phone 309-347-5196

Office Hours:  Monday-Thursday 9:00 am - 3:00 pm,  Friday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

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