Many churches are planning special Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve services to celebrate the reason for the season, the birth of Jesus Christ. Following is a list of Christmas services in the local area, published as a service for readers seeking a place to worship. Services take place on Christmas Eve, Saturday, Dec. 24, unless otherwise noted.
The La Vernia United Methodist Church, 830-779-2621, will hold candlelight services at 6:30 p.m. and 10 p.m. A Blue Christmas uplifting service will be at 8:30 p.m. in the historic chapel for those who have lost a loved one or are alone during the holidays.
St. Ann’s Catholic Church, 830-779-3131, will hold a Children’s Mass at 4 p.m. and a bilingual midnight Mass. Christmas Day Mass will be celebrated at 9 a.m.
On New Year’s Eve, Mass will be held at 5:30 p.m. and at 9 a.m. on New Year’s Day, with a Spanish-only Mass at 11:30 a.m.
The Immanuel Lutheran Church, 830-253-8121, will offer Christmas Eve Candlelight Communion services at 5 p.m. and 11 p.m. Christmas Day service with carols and Holy Communion will be at 10 a.m. On Jan. 1, only a 10 a.m. worship service will be held. No Sunday school.
Life Church of La Vernia, 830-947-3480, will hold a family-friendly candlelight service at 5 p.m. On Christmas Day and New Year’s Day, service will be offered at 10 a.m.
Grace Bible Church, 830-779-5200, will hold its Christmas Eve services at 5:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. in the La Vernia Independent School District Auditorium.
New Year’s Day services will be held at 9 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. in the church.
The Christ Lutheran Church of Elm Creek, 830-303-4669, will have special Christmas services at 4 p.m. and 11 p.m. on Christmas Eve and 10 a.m. on Christmas Day.
On Sunday, Jan. 1, they will have Christmas Hymnsing services at 8 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.
Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary Catholic Church, 210-667-1232, will have a Vigil Mass at 5 p.m. and midnight Mass. Mass will also be celebrated at 9:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. Dec. 25.
A Vigil Mass will be held at 6 p.m. New Year’s Eve. Mass will be held at 7 a.m., 9:30 a.m., and 11:30 a.m. New Year’s Day.
The First Baptist Church, 830-996-3456, will hold a Christmas Day worship service at 10 a.m. There will not be an 11 a.m. service.
St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 830-996-3415, will celebrate Mass at 4 p.m., 6:30 p.m., and 9 p.m. Christmas Day Mass will be at 8 a.m. and 10 a.m.
New Year’s Eve Masses will be at 4 p.m., 6:30 p.m., and 9 p.m., followed by New Year’s Day Mass at 8 a.m. and 10 a.m.