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Church to Celebrate Christmas with Carols, Skits, a Labyrinth Walk and More

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Tracie Padal

Arlington Heights, Illinois -- December 1 through January 5 -- Congregational United Church of Christ (1001 W. Kirchoff Road, Arlington Heights, IL 60005) kicks off the Christmas season with a unique worship series that includes carols, skits, a labyrinth walk, and more.

CUCC hosts weekly worship services on Sundays at 10:30 a.m. Sunday services in December will explore the theme of "Advent: Sing a Different Song."

On the first Sunday of Advent (December 1), reflect upon seasonal themes of preparation, anticipation, and quiet through a guided walk along CUCC's labyrinth. The CUCC labyrinth is a winding outdoor path based on a circular design that represents unity and wholeness and bridges many cultures and faith traditions. The walk will begin at 3:45 p.m.

On Sunday, December 8, the 10:30 a.m. worship service will feature an original skit that compares Santa Claus and John the Baptist.

Youth members of the congregation will participate in a Christmas pageant that explores Jesus' birth through the eyes of his father, Joseph, at the 10:30 a.m. worship service on Sunday, December 15.

Catch the holiday spirit at the 10:30 a.m. worship service on Sunday, December 22. CUCC will present the "Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols," a soul-stirring program that intertwines brief Bible readings with Christmas carols and hymns. A Christmas luncheon will follow the service.

On Tuesday, December 24, CUCC will host two Christmas Eve celebrations. The family-friendly 4 p.m. service will feature "The Legend of the Poinsettia" by acclaimed children's author Tomie DePaola. Highlights of the 10 p.m. service will include communion, carols, and candlelight.

All are invited to make a joyful noise at the Christmas Carol Sing-Along on Sunday, December 29 at 10:30 a.m.

As the Christmas season draws to a close on Sunday, January 5, CUCC will celebrate the Epiphany with a Three Kings' Day taco lunch and mini-fiesta following the 10:30 a.m. worship service.

Congregational United Church of Christ is an open and affirming institution that welcomes everyone. To learn more, call 847-392-6650.