Want to attend Christmas Eve Services in-person or online in Maryland? Try one of these 8 Churches

Heather Jauquet

Here are 8 churches were you can celebrate Christmas Eve online or in person.

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Looking for a Christmas Eve or Christmas Day church service? Churches are getting creative so that you can attend a worship service and stay safe this Christmas season. All the churches in this list are offering an online Church service. Some of the churches are offering a hybrid of online and a limited in-person service. If you choose to attend an in person service, you will need to register before attending, and wear a mask inside the church. Click on the Church names for more information. One benefit of the pandemic is that you can attend any of these services online even if you don't live in the area. No matter where you attend, or how you attend, the pastors and congregation are happy to have you join them in worship this Christmas and throughout the year.

St. Rose of Lima Parish: “All are Welcome, Todos Somos Bienvenidos.” St. Rose of Lima is a Catholic Church located in Gaithersburg, Maryland. St. Rose is offering Mass in person and will also live stream their Mass on YouTube. If you choose to attend in person, they ask that you register first so that they can have a count as to how many people will gather. They will let you know if the Mass is full when you register or you can observe it livestreamed on their youtube channel.

The St. Rose Choir has joined virtually to help prepare for Christmas services.

Located: 11701 Clopper Rd. Gaithersburg, MD 20878

Christmas Vigils—Thursday, December 24, 2020

3:30pm—Mass in English in person (go to their site and register) and live streamed. If you want to avoid large gatherings, but still would like to receive the Eucharist, St. Rose of Lima is offering a parking lot Mass where you can livestream the Mass from your car and go up to receive the Eucharist in person. You must register for this so that they have enough room and hosts. If you attend in person or from your car, you must wear a mask.

6:00pm Mass in English in person and livestreamed (register on their site to attend in Person.

8:00pm Misa en Español livestreamed. In-person participation is full

10:00pm Mass in English in person

Christmas Day—Friday, December 25, 2020

10:00am Mass in English in person

Evangelical Reformed United Church of Christ: “No matter who you are, or where you are on life’s journey… you are WELCOME here.” The church is located in Frederick, Maryland. They are offering both in person and online services. If you choose to go in person, you must have a ticket ahead of time, which helps with contact tracing. They have a seating plan for physically distancing, extra masks, and hand sanitizer at all entrances.

Location: 15 West Church St., Frederick, MD 21701

Christmas Eve Services: Evangelical Reformed United Church of Christ is offering three Christmas Eve Services.

5:15-6:30 The Children’s Service is designed to be welcoming to children of all ages. The service can be attended in person and will be broadcasted.

7:30pm Candle Light Service is offered in a hybrid of in-person worship service and live streamed. Remember to get your ticket ahead of time.

10:30pm Holy Communion Service is offered at the Chapel in person. Remember to get your ticket ahead of time

Covenant Life ChurchWorship God. Love One Another. Make Disciples of Christ.” Covenant Life Church is a Protestant church in Gaithersburg, Maryland. They are offering both an in-person and online services to be celebrated on Christmas Eve.

Located: 7501 Manchester Mill Road, Gaithersburg, Maryland 20877

Christmas Eve Service, Thursday, December 24, 2020

7pm in-person and online

Church of the Redeemer “We are here to help you experiences God’s best for your Life.” Church of the Redeemer is a Protestant church in Gaithersburg with campuses in Clarksburg, Frederick, the Universities in Shady Grove, and Sede in Español off of Woodfield Road. Their main church and campuses have been closed during the pandemic, but they are offering services online.

Located: Their buildings are closed and Church of the Redeemer is offering their online campus.

Christmas Eve Services Thursday, December 24, 2020

12pm, 2pm, 4pm, 6pm, and 8pm: Services will be hosted online every two hours beginning at noon.

Oakdale Church “Taking the Gospel into all of life.Oakdale is a Protestant church based in Olney, Maryland. They are currently offering only online church services as their in-person worship services are suspended.

Location: Online

Christmas Eve Service Thursday, December 24, 2020:

3pm, 5pm, and 7pm: Services are every two hours beginning at 3pm

McClean Bible Church “Exists to advance the Gospel message of Jesus Christ to all who are lost and see lives transformed as a result.” McClean is a protestant Church with campuses located in Tysons, Arlington, Loudoun, and Montgomery County. They are currently closed for in-person service, but are offering their services online.

Location: Online and in person services at their Loudon and Prince William Campuses.

Christmas Eve Service: They are currently closed for in-person service, but are offering their services online. Their virtual Christmas Eve program, “The Weary World Rejoices,” offers music and fun for the Christmas season. They are offering in-person Christmas Eve worship gatherings at their Loudon and Prince William Campuses. Registration is required. The Christmas Eve service begins live every hour on the hour beginning at Noon on Christmas Eve and all day Christmas Day. You can watch the service in Korean, Spanish, Mandarin, and American Sign Language (ASL).

Trinity Lutheran Church “Stay Connected - Be Encouraging - Remember the Future.” Trinity is a Lutheran church who is currently providing all church services online.

Location: Online

Christmas Eve Service, Thursday, December 24, 2020:

Christmas Eve Service will be recorded and posed online to their Youtube channel and Facebook page. You will be able to watch the service at your convenience.

Mount Zion United Methodist Church “Love, Grow, Serve. Touching Lives for Jesus Christ.” Mount Zion UMC is providing all of their church services online.

Location: Online

Christmas Eve Service, Thursday, December 24, 2020

10am: A Christmas Eve service will be pre-recorded and made available to watch anytime.

8pm A live Christmas Eve service will be provided online with Communion. Visit the website to find links for joining online services.

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