Christmas at Covenant schedule and highlights of a hope-filled season

Scroll to the bottom for details on our Christmas Eve offering (received at all services).

Children's Christmas EVe Service

11 a.m., Sanctuary

Children's Worship Service

More children than ever will participate in the Children’s Christmas Eve Service. There are 28 kindergartners in the Nativity play, a chorus of elementary volunteers and the Covenant Preschool Cherub Choir. Children, children, everywhere!

For the second year in a row, a special ornament, made by the Christmas Angels Committee, will be given to each family as they depart the children’s service.

Out of the mouths of babes, we hear, see and feel the excitement of the familiar Nativity story - particularly as Nativity animals come to visit on our Circle, delighting the young and young at heart following the service. Expect a camel, donkey, sheep, cow and a surprise or two.

Christmas Eve Music of Appalachia Service

3 p.m., Sanctuary

Music of Appalachia

This new service is led by the worship team and will feature Christmas favorites with the instruments of the Appalachian mountains, including the banjo, mandolin, cello, fiddle, and upright bass.

Director Daniel Heath says, “We are excited to offer new sounds to accompany old favorites. Come early to hear upbeat gathering music as we prepare for a rich worship experience that will feature arrangements by James Taylor, Alison Krauss, Keith and Kristyn Getty, and The Rend Collective band.”

Christmas Eve Candlelight Traditional Service

5 p.m.. Sanctuary

Covenant stained glass window

This service is led by the Covenant Choir, string quintet, organ and harp. An extended prelude begins 15 minutes before the service.

A time for seated communion will feature beautiful carols arranged by Mack Wilberg as part of an abbreviated version of Lessons and Carols.

We will begin the service with O Holy Night, and after communing with each other, end with a candlelit Silent Night before the jubilant singing of Joy to the World. Other favorite carols include O Come, All Ye Faithful, Lo, How A Rose E'er Blooming and O Little Town of Bethlehem.

Christmas Eve Offering (all services)

Our Christmas Eve offering will provide:

  • Field trips for Highland Renaissance Academy (left), our CMS partner school. Fourth and fifth graders will tour museums and visit historic sites in Raleigh and Atlanta.
  • A trip aboard the Polar Express for children from Crossnore (center), a community in Avery County where everyday life can be a struggle. And we’ll give them gifts of sleeping bags, pajamas and books to take home.
  • A pool party and swim attire for young people served by Tomorrow’s Youth Organization (right), a nonprofit working in conflict zones in the Middle East. Children in a refugee camp in the West Bank will have a time to escape the worries of home and have some fun.

Christmas Day Traditional Worship: One service at 10 a.m., Sanctuary

New Year's Day Contemporary Worship: One service at 10 a.m., Sanctuary

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