August 15, 2022

Variety of Christmas Church Services Being Held This Week in Lyme, Old Lyme

Christmas Eve candles

LYME/OLD LYME — UPDATED 12/23: Churches in Lyme and Old Lyme will celebrate the festival of Christmas this week with a variety of services. There have been some important updates since we published this article due to the COVID-19 situation. These updates are shown below in red.

We have listed below all the services of which we are aware — as always, please let us know of any errors or omissions.

Christ The King Church, Old Lyme
All Masses will be livestreamed on Zoom

Friday, Dec. 24 – Christmas Eve

5 p.m. — Vigil Mass of the Nativity with children’s pageant and young singers and musicians
11:30 p.m. — Concert with adult choir and orchestra, followed by:
12 a.m. — Midnight Mass of the Nativity

Saturday, Dec. 25 — Christmas Day
9 a.m.
— Mass of the Nativity

Note: there will be no 5 p.m. Mass on Dec. 25.

First Congregational Church of  Lyme

Thursday, Dec. 23
6 p.m. —
Christmas Choir Rehearsal CANCELLED

Friday, Dec. 24 – Christmas Eve
5:30 p.m
. — Christmas Eve service with Rev. Susan Olson preaching. There will be candlelight, beautiful music and also a children’s sermon  celebrate the birth of the Messiah. Masks will be required throughout the service, regardless of vaccination status. Windows will be kept open to create air-flow.  You are encouraged to dress warmly or bring a blanket. The service will be streamed on Zoom @

Sunday, Dec. 26
10 a.m.
— Christmas 1 Worship Service with Emily Bjornberg preaching, (Rev. Susan Olson on vacation)

First Congregational Church of Old Lyme

Friday, Dec. 24 – Christmas Eve5 p.m. — Service for families with young children, with The Living Manger. This service will now be held outdoors on the church’s front lawn. Hot chocolate will be available to keep you warm through the celebratory service.
8 p.m. — Candlelight Service of Lessons & Carols. If you normally go to the 8pm service, perhaps consider coming to the 10pm service.
8 p.m. — Livestream – If you are uncomfortable with any of the in-person services, you can watch the 8 p.m. service online. Click here for the link.

10 p.m. — Late-night Candlelight Service of Lessons & Carols

Sunday, Dec. 26
One service only at 10 a.m. and no Sunday School.

Saint Ann’s Episcopal Church, Old Lyme

Friday, Dec. 24 – Christmas Eve
4 p.m. — Family Eucharist with choir and trumpet
10 p.m. — Festival Eucharist with choir and strings

Saturday, Dec. 25 — Christmas Day
9:30 a.m.
— Holy Eucharist with organ music and hymns

Sunday, Dec. 26
9:30 a.m.
— One service of Christmas Lessons & Carols

Sunday, January 2, 2022
Two services of Holy Eucharist – 8:30 a.m. Rite I & 10:30 a.m. Rite II