14 LGBTQ+-friendly churches in Birmingham holding beautiful Christmas services for the holidays

Catch a Christmas Eve Candlelight service or Sunday service at these affirming churches. Photo via First United Methodist Church

Interested in going to a Christmas or Christmas Eve service this year but unsure where to go? Here are 11 churches around Birmingham holding services that were deemed LGBTQ+ friendly faith organizations, as noted by Safe SamfordUAB + PFLAG.

1. Unitarian Universalist Church of Birmingham

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Candlelight service. Photo via Unitarian Universalist Church of Birmingham

Due to Covid-19, all services at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Birmingham will remain online, including services on Christmas Day. You can watch their service live on their YouTube Channel.

2. Beloved Community Church, UCC

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Participate in a Christmas service at Beloved Community Church. Pictured—Rev. Jennifer Sanders of Beloved Community Church (left) and Rev. Sally Allocca of East Lake United Methodist Church (right). Photo via Beloved Community Church

Beloved Community Church has two options, on in person, outdoors and a Zoom service you can sign up for on their website.

3. First United Methodist Church

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See a beautiful service at this church. Photo via First United Methodist Church

First United Methodist Church welcomes everyone to their Christmas Eve Candlelight service. It will include traditions of carols, lighting of the Advent wreath, live music, communion at the altar rail and lighting candles to Silent Night.

4. Baptist Church of the Covenant

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Graphic via Baptist Church of the Covenant

Catch Baptist Church of the Covenant’s Candlelight and Communion service on Christmas Eve to hear the story of Christ’s birth and celebrate in song.

5. East Lake United Methodist Church

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This is one of the affirming churches in Birmingham ready to welcome all. Photo via East Lake Methodist Church

East Lake United Methodist Church will have a Christmas Eve service the night of Dec. 24 in their sanctuary. Those who feel uncomfortable attending in person but still want to participate can view their livestream online.

6. Woodlawn United Methodist Church

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Come as you are to this Christmas Eve Service. Photo via Woodlawn United Methodist Church

Join Woodlawn United Methodist Church for a beautiful Christmas Eve service. Their mission statement is no matter who you are, where you come from or where you are going; no matter what you believe or doubt; no matter who you love, God loves you and you are welcome.

7. Saint Stephen’s Episcopal Church

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Spend your Christmas Eve with Saint Stephen’s Episcopal Church. Photo via Saint Stephen’s Episcopal Church

Christmas at St. Stephens’s is happening from December 22-25 with a children’s nativity at 3PM on Christmas Eve and a traditional service at 5PM for the kids. There will also be a traditional service with music for adults starting at 10:10PM. There will also be a Christmas Day service at 10:15AM.

8. Edgewood Presbyterian Church

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Join the pj party on the Sunday after Christmas. Photo via Edgewood Presbyterian Church

You can be a part of Edgewood Presbyterian Church’s Christmas Eve service either in-person at their sanctuary or online via Zoom. Head to the church on December 26 to participate in their fun tradition of pajama Sunday and wear your comfiest PJs.

9. Avondale United Methodist Church

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Celebrate Christmas with this church family. Photo via Avondale United Methodist Church

This worship service will include your favorite Christmas carols, the reading of Luke’s Christmas story, a Christmas message, Holy Communion and the lighting of candles.

10. Church of the Reconciler

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Enjoy free food and an amazing service on Christmas Eve. Photo via Church of the Reconciler

Don’t miss out on the Church of the Reconciler’s Christmas Eve celebration with their service at 11AM followed by communion and a free lunch.

Visit Gay Church’s website to see what churches near you are LGBTQ+ affirming and/or friendly.

11. Highlands United Methodist Church

All Are Welcome at Highlands United Methodist Church in 5 Points as well.

  • Location: 1045 20th St S, Birmingham, AL 35205
  • Date: Friday, Dec. 24
    • 2PM: Children + Communion Service
    • 3PM: Bell Tower Christmas Concert on the front lawn, commemorating 100 years of Highlands’ Tower Bells
    • 5PM: Holy Communion + Candlelighting
  • Website | Facebook

12-13. Covenant Community Church + Pilgrim United Church of Christ

These two churches are holding a joint Christmas Eve service.

14. First Presbyterian Church of Birmingham

They will be holding a Christmas Eve service and all are welcome.

Did we miss any of your favorite affirming churches in Birmingham? Let us know by tagging us @bhamnow.

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Miranda Shaffer
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