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The sounding joy


Churches plan range of Christmas services



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Members of the Brimfield Bells performed for patrons attending the Artists' Open Studio tour at Hitchcock Academy on Saturday, Dec. 4. The bell choir will also perform in concert at the First Congregational Church in Brimfield Sunday, Dec. 19. (click for larger version)
December 16, 2010
The Christmas season is a time for special reflection and prayer, as Christians join together to count blessings and celebrate birth of Jesus.

Local churches are planning multiple events to honor this holy time, and regardless of which town you live in, a nearby church will be offering special services.

The First Congregational Church on 20 North Main St. in Brimfield will host a mass Sunday, Dec. 19 during which children lead the worship and participate in a Christmas pageant. Later that afternoon, the Brimfield Bells Church Choir will hold a concert at 3 p.m. The church will present two masses on Christmas Eve, and will offer a healing service on Sunday Dec. 26.

"At the healing service we like to make time for guests to offer individual prayers, and this event is always very powerful," said First Congregational Church Pastor Ian Lynch. "And we are all looking forward to seeing the children sing and lead the worship on Sunday — it should be a very special day."

The Holland Congregational Church, 11 Sturbridge Road, which recently celebrated its 245th anniversary, will conduct a special Christmas Eve Service at Tantasqua Regional High School. The mass will include songs and prayers that represent the church's mission to increase the passion in God's glory among the community.

"We'd like to welcome everyone to come out to Tantasqua High School and participate in the service," said Cheryl Crouse, whose husband Tom is the Holland Congregational Church pastor. "We're hoping to have as many people as possible come out to the school and enjoy the service."

For more on this story, please see tomorrow's Southbridge Evening News.

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