Local churches bring cheer this year with in-person + virtual musical services

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Highlands United Methodist Church
Masks are required for in-person attendance. Photo via Highlands United Methodist Church’s Facebook

The sights of the holidays are here in Birmingham with glorious lights and decorations, but what about the sounds of the holidays? We’ve done some digging and found a joyous list of local churches offering musical Christmas services this year. Here’s what we found.

1. All Saints Episcopal Church of Birmingham

All Saint's Episcopal Church
Photo via All Saint’s Episcopal Church’s Facebook

Christmas Caroling 2020

  • What: Independent caroling
  • When: Wednesday, December 16 at 6PM
  • Instructions: Participating carolers will drive by All Saints to pick up instructions and hot chocolate to go. Stay in the car for pick up. Each participating family carols independently and is given the name/address of a parishioner to visit. Sing a few Christmas carols in their yard (socially distanced) and wish them a Merry Christmas. 
  • Sign up here to take part in the event.

Christmas Eve Festival Eucharist Service

  • What: Music, imagery and liturgy. 
  • Extras: Pick up pre-consecrated Communion and a candle to light during the Christmas Eve Festival Eucharist online service. Pick up times – 8:30-10AM and Noon-2PM. 
  • When: Tuesday, December 24 at 4PM, 7PM + 10:30PM
  • Watch via Facebook or Vimeo.

Website | Facebook | Instagram

2. Asbury United Methodist Church

Asbury UMC
Register for a Christmas Eve Communion Bag. Photo via Asbury UMC

Virtual Candlelight Communion Service

What: Carols, candles + communion. Pick up a pre-made Christmas Eve Bag filled with candles, communion elements + advent devotionals. Pick up your bags on Thursday, December 24 between 1-4PM at Asbury.
When: Thursday, December 24 at 8PM
Where: Watch online
Reserve your Christmas Eve Bag here.

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3. Briarwood Presbyterian Church

Christmas
Photo via Kelly Sikkema/Unsplash

A Briarwood Christmas in Living Portraits

What: Beloved classical + contemporary music of Advent by the Briarwood Music, Ballet + Drama Ministries.
When: Sunday, December 20
Where: Online
Watch the livestream here

Christmas Eve Candlelight Services

When: Thursday, December 24 at 3PM, 5PM + 7PM | Communion Candlelight Services at 9PM + 11PM
Where: 2200 Briarwood Way, Birmingham, AL 35243
Registration required to attend. (Bring proof of registration to service.)

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4. Cathedral Church of the Advent

Birmingham Episcopal Church
Cathedral Church of the Advent. Photo via Pat Byington for Bham Now

Virtual Choral Services

  • What: A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols with The Cathedral Choir. Featuring the music of Wood, Ravenscroft, Willcocks, Joubert, Wadsworth, Pettman, Darke, Pearsall, Cornelius + Teardo.
  • When: Thursday, December 17 at 5:30PM + Friday, December 25 at 10AM
  • Where: watch here

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Christmas Eve Services

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5. Church of the Highlands

Christmas
Photo by Aaron Burden/Unsplash

In-Person Christmas Services

What: Worship, candlelight + more
When: Sunday, December 20 at 9AM + 11AM | Thursday, December 24 at 5PM
Where: Each Church of the Highlands Campus. Select your campus here
Reserve your seat for in-person services.

At-Home Christmas Services

What: At-Home Christmas at Highlands celebration experience with worship, candlelight + more. At-Home Kit with cookies, hot chocolate, candles + more provided upon registration.
When: Saturday, December 19 at 5PM + 7PM | Sunday, December 20 at 9AM, 11AM, 5PM + 7PM | Tuesday, December 22 at 5PM + 7PM | Wednesday, December 23 at 5PM + 7PM
Where: Watch online here
At-Home Experience Kits Pick Up: Every campus on Sunday, December 13th from 1-3PM + Monday, December 14th from 11AM-1PM + 4:30-7PM.
Reserve your At-Home Kit here

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6. Dawson Memorial Baptist Church

Dawson Family of Faith
Candlelight at Dawson 2018. Photo via Dawson Family of Faith’s Facebook

Psalms – Songs of Hope

  • What: Pastor David teaches through beloved Psalms.
  • When: Wednesday, December 16 at 6PM
  • Where: Watch online here

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7. Faith Chapel Birmingham

Faith Chapel
Christmas 2019. Photo via Faith Chapel’s Facebook

What: Traditional worship service
Where:
Watch online via Live Stream or on Facebook
When:
Sunday, December 20 at 9:30AM

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8. First Baptist Church Trussville

First Baptist Church Trussville
First Baptist Church of Trussville will be hosting different holiday musical guests throughout the month of December. Limited capacity, registration required to attend. Photo via First Baptist Church Trussville’s Facebook

Christmas Music and Worship

Candelight Services

  • What: Christmas worship and candlelight services.
  • Where: Watch the live stream here or register to attend in person at 128 N Chalkville Rd, Trussville, AL 35173.
  • When: Sunday, December 20 at 5PM | Wednesday, December 23 at 5PM | Thursday, December 24 at 3PM | Thursday, December 25 at 5PM | Thursday, December 24 at 9PM

Website | Facebook

9. First Presbyterian Church Birmingham

First Presbyterian Church - Birmingham, AL
Beauty in a tree. Photo via First Presbyterian Church – Birmingham, AL’s Facebook

Longest Night Service

  • What: Contemplative music + prayer.
  • Where: Watch via Youtube
  • When: Monday, December 21 from 4-5PM

Recorded Lessons & Carols

Socially Distanced Service

  • What: Christmas Eve service. *Masks required.
  • Where: 2100 4th Ave N, Birmingham, AL 35203
  • When: Thursday, December 24 at 4:30PM

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10. Highlands United Methodist Church

Highlands United Methodist Church
Poinsettia’s for Christmas. Photo via Highlands United Methodist Church’s Facebook

Online Worship Service

Drive-Through Communion

  • What: Holy Communion and moment of prayer with Highlands clergy. No reservations required. *Masks required.
  • When: Thursday, December 24 from Noon-1PM
  • Where: Church parking lot. 1045 20th St S, Birmingham, AL 35205

Walk-Through Communion

  • What: Holy Communion, moment of prayer with Highlands clergy + organ solos. Limited capacity—reservations required. *Masks required.
  • When: Thursday, December 24 from 1:30-2PM
  • Where: Church sanctuary. 1045 20th St S, Birmingham, AL 35205

Come and Go Communion

  • What: Holy Communion, moment of prayer with Highlands Clery, choral ensemble + organ solos. Limited capacity—reservations required. *Masks required.
  • When: Thursday, December 24 at 3-4PM + 5-6PM
  • Where: Church sanctuary. 1045 20th St S, Birmingham, AL 35205

Silent Night Candle Lighting

  • What: Virtual gathering with candles + singing.
  • When: Thursday, December 24 at 7PM
  • Where: Watch on Facebook

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11. Holy Trinity Holy Cross Greek Orthodox Cathedral

Holy Trinity Holy Cross Greek Orthodox Cathedral
Christmas Services will take place in person and online. Photo via Holy Trinity Holy Cross Greek Orthodox Cathedral’s Facebook

Holy Unction (Healing Service)

  • What: Holy Unction service Greek/English. *Masks required for in-person attendance.
  • When: Wednesday, December 23 from 6-7:15PM
  • Where: 307 19th St S, Birmingham, Alabama 35233 or watch the livestream

Nativity Eve Service

  • What: Divine Liturgy Greek/English. *Masks required for in-person attendance.
  • When: Thursday, December 24 from 6:30-8PM
  • Where 307 19th St S, Birmingham, Alabama 35233 or watch the livestream

Website | Facebook

12. Huffman Baptist Church

Christmas
Oh, Christmas tree. Photo by Sebastian/Unsplash

Christmas Worship Service

  • What: Christmas-focused + music-heavy worship service
  • When: Sunday, December 27 at 10:30AM
  • Where: 700 Huffman Rd, Birmingham, AL 35215 or watch on Facebook

Website | Facebook

13. Independent Presbyterian Church

Independent Presbyterian Church Birmingham, Alabama
Online services are taking place on Christmas Eve 2020. Photo via Independent Presbyterian Church Birmingham, Alabama’s Facebook

Christmas Worship Service

  • What: Service of Nine Lessons & Carols. Clergy and full choir will safely participate in traditional Christmas Eve service with candle lighting, carols + traditional readings, music + prayers.
  • Where: Watch via Youtube and Facebook
  • When: Thursday, December 24 at 4PM

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14. New Life Church

New Life Church Birmingham
Participate in prayer + worship online with New Life Church Birmingham. Photo via New Life Church Birmingham’s Facebook
  • What: Prayer + worship
  • When: Wednesday, December 23 from 7-9PM
  • Where: Watch on Facebook

Website | Facebook

15. St. Mark’s Episcopal Church Birmingham

St. Mark's Episcopal Church
Photo via St. Mark’s Episcopal Church’s Facebook
  • What: Sunday worship
  • Where: 228 Dennison Ave SW, Birmingham, AL 35211
  • When: Sunday, December 20 at 10AM

Website | Facebook

16. The Cathedral of Saint Paul

Birmingham, Cathedral of Saint Paul, Christmas, Christmas Eve, services
Cathedral of St. Paul in downtown Birmingham, AL. Photo via Pat Byington for Bham Now

Christmas Eve Mass

When: Thursday, December 24
Where: 2120 3rd Ave N, Birmingham, AL 35203

Schedule:

  • 3:30PM: Christmas Eve Mass celebrated by Fr. Jerabek (*masks required)
  • 5PM: Christmas Eve Mass celebrated by Fr. Jerabek (4:30PM – Prelude)
  • 8PM: Christmas Eve Mass celebrated by Bishop Steven Raica (7:30PM – Prelude)
  • 11:15PM: Sung Office of Readings, Christmas Proclamation and Te Deum
  • 12AM: Midnight Mass celebrated by Fr. Jerabek

Christmas Day Mass

When: Friday, December 25
Where: 2120 3rd Ave N, Birmingham, AL 35203

Schedule:

  • 8:30AM: Christmas Day Mass celebrated by Fr. Jerabek (*masks required)
  • 10AM: Christmas Day Mass celebrated by Bishop Steven Raica (9:45AM – Prelude)

Website | Facebook

17. The Church at Liberty Park 

Photo via The Church at Liberty Park’s Facebook

Christmas Eve Services

What: A celebration of Christ through music, prayer, telling of His story, the lighting of candles + the celebration of the Lord’s Supper. *Masks required for in-person attendance.
When: Thursday, December 24 at 2:30PM, 4PM, 5:30PM + 11PM
Where:  12001 Liberty Pkwy, Vestavia Hills, AL 35242 or watch the Live Stream via Youtube
Reservations required to attend in person

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18. Unitarian Universalist Church of Birmingham

Unitarian Universalist Church of Birmingham
Photo via Unitarian Universalist Church of Birmingham’s Facebook

Blue Holiday Service

Drive-In Christmas Eve Service 

  • What: Christmas Eve Service from the comfort of your car.
  • When: Thursday, December 24 at 4PM
  • Where: 4300 Hampton Heights Dr, Birmingham, AL 35209 or watch the livestream here

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