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Candlelight and other special services are planned by many of the area’s churches on Christmas Eve, Friday, Dec. 24. Every congregation welcomes its Rim Country neighbors and visitors to join them. See the listings on this page.

Christmas Services

Anglican Catholic Church of the Holy Nativity

Christmas Eve Solemn High Mass, 6:30 p.m., Friday, Dec. 24.

Rim Country residents and visitors are invited to join the members of Holy Nativity in welcoming the newborn baby Jesus in a rich, historical and traditional way. Holy Nativity will offer this Mass at this hour to accommodate the young and the older; there will be Christmas caroling 15 minutes before the Mass at 6:15 p.m. Come and celebrate this glorious mystery of God with us.

If you would like to help our food banks in the Rim Country, please bring cans of food or packaged goods. Located at 1414 N. Easy St. (corner of North Bradley Dr. and North Easy Street), Payson.

Calvary Chapel

Christmas Eve service, 6:30 p.m., Friday, Dec. 24. There will be only one service Sunday, Dec. 26 at 10:30 a.m. Located at 1103 N. Beeline Highway, Payson.

Church on Randall Place

Christmas Eve candlelight service, 6 p.m., Friday, Dec. 24 — A time of reverent reflection on the glory of God.

Call (928) 970-4249 for more information. Located at 6338 W. Randall Place, Pine.

Crossroads Foursquare Church

Christmas services will be celebrated at 10 a.m., Sunday, Dec. 26. Located at 114 E. Cedar Lane, Payson.

Expedition Church

A special Christmas Eve celebration, “Love Never Fails,” will be held at 6 p.m., Friday, Dec. 24 in the Julia Randall Elementary gym.

For more information, call (928) 978-9158. Located at 902 W. Main St., Payson.

First Baptist Church of Pine

The members and friends of First Baptist Church of Pine invite their friends and neighbors to attend Christmas Eve services Friday, Dec. 24.

Identical services will be held at 6 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. and include singing Christmas carols, special music, the Word of God proclaiming the birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ, and lighting candles of faith and hope at the end of the services.

Also, take time to visit the “Living Manger Scene” in front of the church. Located at 4039 N. Highway 87, Pine.

First Southern Baptist Church

Christmas Eve service 6 p.m., Friday, Dec. 24. Located at, 302 S. Ash St., Payson (at the corner of W. Bonita St. and S. Colcord).

Mountain Bible Church

Christmas Eve service, “Hope Is Here,” 4:30 p.m. and 6 p.m., Friday, Dec. 24.

At the regular services at 8:45 a.m. and 10:30 a.m., Sunday, Dec. 26. Pastor Jim Harper will do a dramatic monologue in character and costume for the sermon portion of the service on Sunday. Located at 302 E. Rancho Road, Payson.

Christmas Carol Sing-a-Long

At Payson Center for Spiritual Awareness, there will be a Christmas Carol Sing-a-Long on Christmas Eve, at 6:30 p.m., Friday, Dec. 24. Leading the songs will be Lynnette Brouwer and Jennifer Baltz; Ann James will play the guitar and Brouwer will play the piano. There will be holiday treats following the program.

For more information, visit www.paysoncenterforspiritualawareness.com. Located at 107 W. Wade Lane, Payson.

Payson United Methodist Church

Christmas Eve Candlelight Service, 6:30 p.m., Dec. 24 with carols, luminaries, special music and Holy Communion.

On Dec. 26, regular services will be held at 8:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. Located at 414 N. Easy St., Payson.

Rock of Ages Lutheran Church

Christmas Eve children’s program, 6 p.m., Friday, Dec. 24; Christmas Day service, 9 a.m., Saturday, Dec. 25. Located at 204 W. Airport Road, Payson.

St. Paul’s Episcopal Church

Christmas Eve, Dec. 24, service at 7 p.m. with lessons, carols and Holy Eucharist; 11 p.m., Midnight Holy Eucharist.

Located at 1000 N. Easy St. (the corner of Sherwood Drive and Easy Street), Payson.

Shepherd of the Pines Lutheran Church

A Christmas Eve Candlelight Service will be held at 6 p.m., Friday, Dec. 24. The theme will be “Silent Night! Better than a Truce.” The Christmas Day Service is at 9 a.m., Saturday, Dec. 25 with Holy Communion. The theme will be “It’s about Time.”

For more information, call Pastor Steve DeSanto (928) 474-5440. Located at 507 W. Wade Lane, Payson.

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