Area churches plan special services in observance of Christmas Eve, Christmas Day

By The Mercury

Many area churches will change their normal routines this weekend to celebrate Christmas.

For most, that includes the addition of nighttime or candlelight services on Christmas Eve, as well as morning services on Christmas Day, which falls on Sunday this year. Please note that some churches have changed the times of their usual morning services or — in one case — even canceled Sunday services.

Below is a list of churches in the area and their worship times for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

Agape Family Church

Agape Family Church invites the community to join us as we celebrate on Christmas morning, 10:30 a.m., 121 S. 4th St., downtown Manhattan, (we offer Nursery and Children’s Church).

There will be no Sunday evening service. Wednesday evening worship service for adults, youth, and children at 7 p.m. Visitors are always welcome. For more information, on these and other services throughout the week, please call the office at (785) 539-3570.


Blue Valley Memorial United Methodist Church

Come join us this Saturday for Christmas Eve Service at 7 p.m. and Sunday. Traditional Service is at 9:30 a.m. and Contemporary Service, 11 a.m. At 10:30 a.m. there is fellowship time with refreshments.  Children’s Sunday School, 9:30 a.m., and adult Sunday school, 11 a.m. 835 Church Ave, 539-8790,; email: 

Calvary Tabernacle

Calvary Tabernacle invites you to join us in service on Sunday at 10 a.m. or 6:30 p.m. Midweek service is scheduled on Wednesdays at 7:30 p.m. Prayer will precede each service. If you have any questions, or need transportation services, please contact 776-8717.

Christ Evangelical Lutheran Church

Come to Christ Lutheran, 4952 Green Valley Road. Sunday morning Bible Class is at 9 a.m. and Divine Worship Service is at 10:30 a.m.  Scripture readings for this Christmas Sunday are Isaiah 52:7-10; Hebrews 1:1-6; and John 1:1-14.  For further information call 776-2227. 

Faith Evangelical Free Church

Faith Evangelical Free Church invites you to join us for any of our Holiday worship services.  We will be having candlelight services on Christmas Eve at 5 and 7 pm. Christmas Day and New Year’s Day worship services will be held at 9: and 10:30 am.  We are located 1.6 miles north of Kimball Ave., at the corner of Tuttle Creek Blvd. and Barnes Road.


Christian Disciples Fellowship

Come join us as we worship!  Our services include Sunday school for all ages at 9:30 a.m. at the Senior Citizens Center (412 Leavenworth St.), followed by a service at 10:30 a.m. that includes praise and worship and preaching.  The sermon this week is “God’s Greatest Gift.” Sunday night we have a Bible study at 7:00 p.m. This service is located at 12 Perry Dr., Manhattan. We have a prayer meeting on Tuesday night at 7 p.m. that is also located at 12 Perry Drive.


College Avenue United Methodist Church

You are invited to join us every Sunday morning at 10:30 as we worship together. Christmas Eve at 7 p.m. we will have a service of carols and communion. This is a candlelight service. There will be several members of the congregation providing special music for the occasion. On Christmas Day, we will have a brief service and then depart the sanctuary to deliver Good-News goody bags to places where people need to work on Christmas Day.

Sunday morning Café opens at 8:45 a.m. in Fellowship Hall so that you can enjoy a morning beverage and a moment of fellowship before Sunday school classes for all ages begin at 9:15. Childcare is provided during all Worship experiences. 1609 College Avenue is across from the KSU baseball stadium


College Heights Baptist Church

College Heights Baptist Church is located at 2320 Anderson Ave., across from the KSU Foundation Bldg. We invite you to join us for Christmas Eve Service at 6 p.m. Our 45-minute evening service includes communion and nursery is not provided.  On Christmas Day, our Worship Service begins at 10:30 a.m., Pastor Tim Gotchey will be preaching from 1 Timothy. There will be no Sunday school in the morning and no evening bible study. Any questions call 537-7744 or go to


First Assembly of God

A special Christmas Eve Communion Service will be held Saturday evening at 6 p.m. The Christmas morning worship service will be at 10:15 a.m. Pastor Ed Walker’s Sunday morning message will be “A Family Christmas.” There will be no 9 a.m. Sunday classes, evening worship service, nor any Wednesday family night classes on Dec. 28.


First Baptist Church

Our Christmas Eve Candlelight Service begins at 6 p.m. At our 11 a.m. Sunday worship service, Pastor Rick Neubauer will preach on “Learning from a Child,” taken from Luke 2:41-52.  There is no Sunday school.


First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)

We invite you to come to our Christmas Eve candlelight worship at 7 p.m. Saturday night with hymns, scripture, homily, and candlelight.  Then on Christmas Day, our communion worship celebrating the birth of Christ will be at 10:30 a.m. worship services.  There will be a nursery available for both.


First Congregational Church of Christ

Join us for a Christmas Eve service of Word and Sacrament at 7 p.m. Saturday.  Prelude music begins at 6:45 p.m., and the Rev. Victor Force will preach.  Our communion is gluten free.  On Sunday, we will celebrate Christmas in word and music at 10:45 a.m.  There will be no church school classes this week.  Following worship, enjoy a cup of fair trade coffee at Fellowship Hour.  Nursery care is available during classes and worship.  The Second Helping serves a free meal each Sunday evening at 5:15 p.m..  A Taizé prayer service is offered at 7 p.m. each Thursday.  First Congregational UCC is an open and affirming congregation located at 700 Poyntz Avenue in Manhattan.  If you have questions, call 537-7006 or go to


First Lutheran Church

All are invited to the Christmas services of worship.  There will be two services of worship on Christmas Eve.  The first service begins at 5 p.m. and the second service begins at 10 p.m.  Both services will center around the story of Christ’s birth as told in Luke 2.  The Christmas Day service of worship begins at 10 a.m.  At this service, worshipers will ponder the meaning of

Christ’s birth based on John 1.  Christmas carols will be sung and communion will be served at all Christmas services.

These events all take place at 930 Poyntz.  To learn more about First Lutheran

Church or any of the programs offered by the church, call the church office,

537-8532, or visit


First Presbyterian Church

Christmas Eve candlelight services will be held at 7 p.m. and 10 p.m. A Christmas Eve organ recital by David Pickering will be at 9:30 p.m. There will be one service on Christmas Day: 10:30 a.m. No Sunday school will be held. Rev. McConnell will deliver the sermon on Christmas morning entitled, “One Star Miracle.”


First United Methodist Church

Join us for Christmas Eve worship services at 6 p.m. (child-friendly, candlelight, traditional), 8 p.m. (contemporary, candlelight), or 11 p.m. (traditional, candlelight, communion). Mary Ellen Sutton, organist, will provide music of the season at 10:30 p.m.

The Christmas worship service is at 10 a.m. The service is joined in progress ay 11:30 a.m. on 1350 KMAN. Rev. Nancy J. Kollhoff will bring the sermon. Her text Is John 1:1-14.

There will be no Fellowship Time or Sunday school.

For more information, check out our mission and ministries at


Grace Baptist Church

On Saturday at 6 p.m. we will have a Christmas Eve service. Join us for carols, candles, and specials. On Sunday morning, there will be one worship service at 10:30 a.m. Dan Learned, our Ministry Administrator, will lead this service with a sermon based on Luke 2:25-35. It will center on the theme of the implications and reality of “welcoming” Christ. We’re on the corner of Dickens and Beechwood Terrace. Call (785)-776-0424 for more information.


Harvest Baptist Church

You are invited to celebrate the Birth of Christ with us this Sunday at 10:30 a.m.  There will be no Sunday school.  Our annual Christmas candlelight service will be held at 6 p.m. Nursery provided for both services.  For more information call 785-539-8174.


Harvest Fellowship

We will be having a combined Christmas Eve service at 7 p.m. with the Mennonite congregation at the building we share, 1000 Fremont.  We will NOT be meeting Sunday, as to allow folks to celebrate Jesus’ birth with friends and family.  If you have questions about who we are or what we’re about, please call Pastor Robinson at 785.317.4538 or visit us at


Harvest Time Prayer Meeting

Join us in a prayer meeting on Thursday evenings at the Riley County Senior Center (412 Leavenworth, Manhattan).  We believe we need to pray that God will send His Spirit and revive us so that we can minister to His people. This is a non-denominational prayer meeting and is open to any and all who wish to pray and seek God.  We will be having both individual prayer and corporate prayer each service, with a prayer focus that changes each week.  This week our prayer focus will be asking God to renew the true meaning of Christmas and help us understand the gift He gave to us.  Come and join us!

Redemption Lutheran Church LCMC

Everyone welcome to visit us this Saturday evening at 7 p.m. for our Christmas Eve Worship Service. Pastor David Krahling will deliver the message.  We meet at the Clarion Hotel, Conference Room V, at 530 Richards Drive.


Hope Lutheran Church

Our candlelight Christmas Eve service is Saturday evening at 7 p.m. at 3560 Dempsey Road, one block South off Hwy 24.  Christmas Day worship is at 10:30 a.m., Wednesday at 8:45 a.m. is at the Children’s Chapel at the East Campus and 10:15 a.m. at the West Campus.  To enroll your child at Hope Early Learning Center or for information regarding the activities at Hope, please call 587-9400.


Keats-Riley United Methodist Church

Reverend Bill Eisele, Pastor

Keats Worship: 9:15 a.m., Sunday School 10:30 a.m.

Riley: Sunday school 10 a.m., Worship 11 a.m.

Saturday, December 24: Christmas Eve Service of Candles and Communion - Riley at 5:00 p.m.; Keats at 6:30 p.m.  Sunday, Christmas Day worship will be at usual times and we will sing Christmas hymns.  Sarah Eisele will be playing the piano at all services. 


Living Word Church

Sunday school will not be held this week. Our church service will be family oriented, consisting of Christmas carols, stories, scriptures and commentary to celebrate God’s expression of love in sending us a Savior. A nursery will be provided.  No mid-week activities will be held, but our weekly schedule will return to normal on Jan. 1.


Manhattan Mennonite Church

On Dec. 24, we will gather at 7 p.m. for a service of Christmas songs and stories.  On Dec. 25, we will not have Sunday school but will gather for worship at 10:45 a.m.  We will have a service of carols and a time to make Christmas packages for those in need.  Everyone is welcome.


Peace Lutheran Church

Join us on this Christmas Eve as we gather for worship at 5 p.m. and 11 p.m. On Christmas Day we will have one worship service at 10 a.m.


Seven Dolors/St. Patrick’s

Christmas Mass schedule is as follows: St. Patrick’s in Ogden, Dec. 24, 4 p.m.

Seven Dolors - Christmas Eve: 6 p.m. (Children’s Mass), 8 p.m., 10 p.m. (Spanish), and midnight. Christmas Day: 10 a.m. only. Seven Dolors church is located on the corner of Pierre and Juliette. No chapel at Mass on Monday. No Prayer Shawl group Tuesday.  Small group reconvenes Jan. 9.


St. Luke’s Lutheran Church

Join us at 3:30 p.m. this weekend. Our Christmas Eve services are Saturday 6 p.m. with Pastor Schmidt sharing the message and the 10 p.m. service will be led by our youth.  Our Christmas Day communion service is Sunday at 10 a.m. with Vicar Crawford delivering the message, “Our Savior Is Born”. For additional information, please call 785-539-2604 or visit


St. Paul’s Episcopal Church

There will be three opportunities for Christmas worship at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 601 Poyntz Avenue: Christmas Eve-a family service at 7 p.m. with Fr. Tom Miles preaching and celebrating the Holy Eucharist; beginning at 10:30 p.m. the choir and congregation will sing seasonal carols. Fr. Tom Miles will preach and celebrate the Holy Eucharist at the 11 p.m. service; preacher and celebrant at the 10 a.m. Christmas Day service will be Fr. Michael Bell.  On Wednesday, a healing service is at 12:15 p.m. in the chapel. A New Year’s Eve service will be held on Saturday at 5 p.m. in the chapel.


St. Thomas More

The celebration of Mary as mother of God will be on Dec. 31 at 5 p.m. Jan. 1 will be at 8:30 and 10:30 a.m. No 5:30 p.m. Mass that day. Our offices will be closed on Jan. 2. Join us as we continue to celebrate the birth of our Savior. Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University starts on Jan. 3 at 7 p.m. A bible study will begin on Jan. 9 at 9:30 a.m. that looks at Israel’s History through the Old Testament. Adult Confirmation classes will be on Jan. 7 at 10 a.m.

Trinity Presbyterian Church

We are located at 1110 College Avenue.  Our Christmas Eve Service is on Saturday at 5:30 p.m. The service will include scripture, carols, candlelight and communion. On Christmas day our service is at 10:30 a.m. We will be having a hymn sing of your favorite Christmas hymns. Scripture for the day will be from Isaiah 52:7-10 and John 1:1-14.  Childcare will not be available, so come as a family and bring your children to services. 


Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Manhattan

Join Rev. Michael Nelson at 7 p.m. on Saturday for a Christmas Eve service.  Rev Nelson reflects, “Come celebrate the wonder of love that finds the lost, heals the broken, feeds the hungry ... Let us sing and share the stories that bring the light of joy, and perceive the gift of connection to all life.”

On Sunday, UU ministerial student Eric Banner leads our Christmas morning service.  After-service refreshments will be potluck, so bring extra holiday goodies if you are able.

The Men’s Lunch group meets every Wednesday at noon in the Jupiter room.  Bring your sack lunch and come prepared for spirited conversation.

The monthly UUFM service at Meadowlark Hills gathers on Wednesday at 3 p.m., in the Manhattan Room, in the Meadowlark’s main building.  Rev. Michael Nelson asks, “What Gifts Do You Share with the World?”  All are welcome.

The Fellowship’s Book Discussion group meets on Wednesday at 7 p.m.  Please contact the Fellowship office for title and location.

Fellowship volunteers prepare and serve Happy Kitchen Community Breakfast on Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m., at St Paul’s Episcopal Church, 601 Poyntz.  The meal is free and the community is invited.

UUFM is a welcoming congregation.  Learn more on our Web site at, or contact us at 537-2349 or


Unity Church of Manhattan

This Christmas Unity is offering two services: our Christmas Eve candle lighting Service will begin at 7 p.m. and on Christmas morning we will have our 11 a.m. celebration service. Join Rev. Patty Williams and the UCM Chorus with quiet reflection at the candle lighting and joy-filled story telling on Christmas morning. People of every age, race, culture, lifestyle, and belief are welcome at Unity, located right next to the KSU campus at the ECM Building, 1021 Denison. Childcare provided. For more information you can check out our website, or leave a message at 785-537-6120. If you are in need of immediate prayer at any time of the day or night, you can call Silent Unity at 1-800-NOW-PRAY.


University Christian Church

Ryan Hayden continues the sermon series, “Meeting Jesus Again,” with his sermon titled, “The Gift” Sunday at the 11:15 a.m. traditional service and contemporary services. We serve communion in each service. This Sunday we will have 11:15 a.m. services only. We will have two Christmas Eve services at 5:30 & 7 p.m. Visit


Westmoreland Christian Church

David Pape’s message this week will be “The Manger” from Luke 2:1-7.  Westmoreland Christian Church is located at 3rd and Armer. No Sunday school this week. Worship is at 11 a.m.


Westview Community Church

On Christmas Eve, our service will be at 5 p.m. Nursery will be open, but not staffed. On Christmas, join us for a traditional service at 8:30 a.m. or 11 a.m. Nursery for 0-3 year olds available. Message will be: “Magi March to the Manger” Matthew 2:1-12, by Pastor Pat Bennett. For more info visit our website at Use our East entrance by taking Stagg Hill Rd to Davis Dr. to 615 Gillespie Drive.

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