Island churches celebrate Christmas Eve

Christmas will be celebrated islandwide and include candlelight services, masses and sermons Sunday through Tuesday, Dec. 23-25.

St. Bernard Catholic Church

        St. Bernard Catholic Church, 248 S. Harbor Drive, Holmes Beach, will celebrate Mass at each service, including regular services Sunday, Dec. 23.

        On Christmas Eve, a children’s Mass will be held at 4 p.m. and midnight Mass will begin at 10 p.m.

        On Christmas Day, 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. services will be held.

        The Rev. Michael Mullen will officiate.

        For more information, call 941-778-4769.

Episcopal Church of the Annunciation

        Christmas Eve candlelight services at 7 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. will be held at the Episcopal Church of the Annunciation, 4408 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach.

        On Christmas Day, there will be a 9:30 a.m. service at the church.

        The Rev. Dee Ann de Montmollin will officiate.

        For more information, call 941-778-1813.

Gloria Dei Lutheran Church

        With worship, carols, candlelight and Holy Communion, Gloria Dei Lutheran Church will celebrate Christmas Eve at 7 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. at the church, 6608 Marina Drive.

        On Christmas Day, worship service will begin at 9:30 a.m.

        The Rev. Rosemary W. Backer will preside at the services.

        For more information, call 941-778-1813.

CrossPointe Fellowship

        A candlelight service at 7 p.m. Christmas Eve will be held to celebrate the holiday at CrossPointe Fellowship, 8605 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach, according to the Rev. Ed Moss.

        Regular Sunday services at 9 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. also will celebrate the season, Dec. 23.

        There will be no service Dec. 25.

        For more information, call 941-778-0719.

Roser Memorial Community Church

        Roser Memorial Community Church, 512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria, will hold a Christmas Eve candlelight celebration service and Sing We Now of Christmas Nativity Pageant at 5:30 p.m., with music by Joyful Noise children’s choir, soloists and ensembles.

        At 9 p.m. Christmas Eve, a traditional candlelight service, will feature “Shepherd Story” and music by the choir, soloists and ensembles.

        On Christmas Day, the church will celebrate at 10 a.m. service in the chapel.

        The Rev. Gary A. Batey is the pastor of the nondenominational Christian church.

        For more information, call 941-778-0414.

Longboat Island Chapel

        The Longboat Island Chapel will feature a candlelight service at 7:30 p.m. Christmas Eve at the church, 6200 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key.

        A Sunday worship service will be held at 10 a.m. Dec. 23, with the Rev. Charlie Shook will preside at the services.

        For more information, call 941-383-6491.

Christ Church of Longboat Key

        “The Wondrous Gift” will be the Christmas Eve sermon by the Rev. Bruce W. Porter at a 7 p.m. candlelight service at the Christ Church of Longboat Key, 6400 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key.

        At 10 a.m., Sunday, Dec. 23, “One Foot in Heaven” will be Porter’s sermon at the church.

        There are no Christmas Day services.

        For more information, call 941-383-8833.

Harvey Memorial Community Church

        Harvey Memorial Community Church, 300 Church Ave., Bradenton Beach, will worship at 9:30 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 23.

        For more information call 941-779-1912 or 727-433-2584.

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