Attending an in-person church service this time of year usually gives me a warm, contented feeling.
Listening to choirs sing, orchestras play and hearing the laughter of children as they perform holiday plays. Seeing candles lit, opening the hymnals and joining along and just the whole spirit of the holidays won’t be the same this year
The COVID-19 (Coronavirus Disease) pandemic has changed all of our lives. And this time of the year, it’s made me think about all of the times that I’ve attended some kind of an event at the many churches in and around Hamilton County.
We’ve been to Christmas Eve services at Noblesville First United Methodist and Noblesville First Christian.
We’ve attended musical productions at Grace Community, Christian Youth Theatre classes at Emmanuel United Methodist, summer lunches at Noblesville First Presbyterian, Veggie Tales at Northview, 125th anniversary pitch-in at Victory Chapel, Easter services and children’s choir practice at Bethel Lutheran.
We’ve watched Roy Reynolds perform a tribute to Elvis at Lakeview Wesleyan, attended carnivals at Our Lady of Grace and devoured chicken and noodles at Aroma UMC.
We’ve attended an anniversary pitch-in at Clarksville Christian, outdoor service at Entry Point at Conner Prairie, watched a puppet show at Refuge Christian, attended Mayor’s Prayer Breakfasts at White River Christian, received a children’s Bible at the 175th anniversary of Bethel UMC, was invited to an audit for Teri Ditslear’s Roots of Life Community and attended Ditslear’s service at New Joy. We have attended funerals at Hope Bible Fellowship and Calvary Baptist. The list goes on.
This year, there are fewer church events and many have gone virtual. But for those who are still looking for ways to celebrate the holidays at church, I offer this sampling list of services happening over the next week.
-Noblesville First Presbyterian Christmas Eve services are at 7 p.m. Thursday on YouTube.
-An Advent sermon series and an At Home Candlelight Christmas Eve will all be virtual at Noblesville First United Methodist Church. Folks can pick up a candle 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. through Thursday inside Door 1. There will be at 5 p.m. family-friendly 30-minute service with live Biblical characters in Celebration Hall with carols, storytelling and glow-stick candlelight; 7 p.m. Candlelight Service in the sanctuary; 9 p.m. Candlelight and Communion in the sanctuary with Joe Coy and Sunday Praise Band leading music; and 11 p.m. Christmas Eve Candlelight Service with the Chancel Choir and Orchestra in Celebration Hall.
-Christmas Eve at Crosspoint is at 6 p.m. Wednesday and 3 p.m. Christmas Eve at Crosspoint Church in Fishers.
-There is a Night Lights Advent Wreath Lighting (online only) at Christ the Savior Lutheran, at 7 p.m. Monday.
-Christmas Eve at Pennington Park, at 3:30 p.m. and 5 p.m. Christmas Eve
-Christmas Eve Services are online at 4 p.m. Christmas Eve at Christ the Savior.
-A Christmas Eve Family Service is online at 5 p.m. Christmas Eve at Noblesville First UMC.
-Christmas Eve Service is at 5 p.m. Dec. 24 at Prairie View Christian in Fishers.
-A Christmas Eve Candlelight Service is at 5:30 p.m. Christmas Eve at Radiant Christian Life in Westfield.
-Christmas Eve Outdoor Candle Lighting is at 6 p.m. Christmas Eve at Grace Church in Fishers.
-A Candlelight Worship is at 7 p.m. Christmas Eve at Lord of LIfe Lutheran Church in Westfield.
-A Christmas Eve Service is at Noblesville First Christian offers Communion and Quiet Prayer at 3 p.m., candlelight service at 5 p.m. and a 7 p.m. candlelight service, which will also be streamed on the FCC Facebook page.
-Christmas masses at Our Lady of Grace will be in-person and live-streamed at 4:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. and midnight Christmas Eve, 9 a.m. in English and 11 a.m. in Spanish on Christmas.
-Noblesville First Presbyterian captured many thoughts in one of the church's Facebook posts: “Many of us are missing the sights and sounds of our church during Christmas since we can't all be together during this time. We hope you enjoy some of the sights here. We hope you join us for our Christmas Eve service at 7 p.m. via YouTube. We wish we could be together for our traditional Christmas Eve service but we hope you will feel the joy of Christ's birth wherever you may be.”
Don’t see your church services here? Find your desired church website or Facebook page.

-Contact Betsy Reason at betsy@thetimes24-7.com.