Christmas Eve church services abound in and around Los Angeles on December 24th; there is even a pre-Christmas Eve service on 12-14! Faith communities are opening their doors to the faithful and religious part-timers alike; and no matter if you feel more comfortable at a Roman Catholic Church on Christmas Eve or a non-denominational venue, the L.A. area has it all.
Christmas Eve Church Services at the Bible Based Calvary Community Church
Calvary Community Church at 5495 Via Rocas in Westlake Village holds three Christmas Eve church services; the first one starts at 3:00 PM, the second one begins at 5:00 PM, and the third one takes place at 7:00 PM. Childcare – infants through preschool – is offered only for the first two services.
Christmas Eve Church Service with Evangelical Free Ambassador Church
Located in Buena Park, Ambassador Church, a member of the evangelical free churches, will holds its Christmas Eve service at the Curtis Theater at 1 Civic Center Circle in Brea. Starting time is 6:30 PM. This is slated to be a short (one hour) service and perfect for the kids.
Pre-Christmas Eve Church Service with the Non-Denominational International Churches of Christ
The Los Angeles portion of the International Churches of Christ will hold a pre-Christmas Eve service on Sunday, 12-14-08 at 10:00 AM at the Long Beach Airport Marriott, 4700 Airport Plaza Drive in Long Beach. Holy Communion and a full children’s program up to and including third graders is part of the experience.
Christmas Eve Church Services at Bethlehem Lutheran Church
Bethlehem Lutheran Church at 3352 Katella Avenue in Los Alamitos offers two candlelight worship services. The first takes place at 7:00 PM and the second starts at 9:00 PM. Enjoy caroling, a candlelit atmosphere, and also a harpist.
Christmas Eve Church Service at the Roman Catholic Saint Timothy’s Church
Saint Timothy’s Roman Catholic Church at Pico and Beverly Glen Boulevards in Los Angeles holds its Christmas Eve service at 5:30 PM for children only and at 10:00 PM for adults and their children. The event includes the combined choir.
Tips for First Timers Attending Christmas Eve Church Services in Los Angeles
While the outlying areas usually have seasonal parking woes, Los Angeles itself is notorious for impossible parking situations. Car pool whenever possible; in the alternative, plan on arriving a couple of hours ahead of the event and find parking that is relatively close to the event venue.
Plan on enjoying a nice dinner at a nearby restaurant and you can most likely find sufficient street parking. If you arrive just in the nick of time, you most likely need to pay handsomely for the privilege of parking your car in a lot nearby. You might as well enjoy the money you spend and get a meal out of it.
Sources: http://www.calvarycc.org/; http://ambassadorchurch.org/; http://www.lasouthregion.com/; http://www.blcla.org/; http://www.sttimothyla.org/