Children's Christmas Eve Service information

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Children's Christmas Eve Service information

The Lessons and Carols worship services led by the children of Grace Church and School on Christmas Eve are a long-standing tradition at Grace Church. There are two services, at 4:15pm and 6pm on December 24. 

The information on this webpage is for children participating in the service who do not attend Grace School.  Please read the information below for your child's grade level, then use the link to the online form to let us know  how your child will participate.

(If you are the parent of a Grace School student, please click here for  information.)

Important links

Click here for the Christmas Eve service participation form. (But please read the information below first!)

Download the word sheet for grades 5–8
Listen to recordings for grades 5–8

Download the word sheet for grades 1-4
Listen to recordings for grades 1–4

Children in Grades 1–4

  • Sing for one worship service (two is optional). Rehearsals take place during Sunday School on November 10, 17; December 8, 15, and 22. Attendance at these rehearsals is very important
  • Singers will meet in the third-floor school commons and rehearse either in the commons or in church following Sunday School's large group opening.
  • Rehearsals end at approximately 10:45am. Children should be picked up in the atrium following rehearsal. They will not be returning to their classrooms.
  • All children must attend the dress rehearsal: Monday, December 23, at 8:30am. (finished by 11:15am.) Children should be picked up in the atrium following the dress rehearsal.
  • Word sheets and recordings of the songs may be downloaded from the Grace website beginning November 11. 

Click here to let us know that your child(ren) will participate in the Christmas Eve services. Please respond by November 8.

Questions? Contact Ms. Janel Dennen (708-366-6900, ext. 247; ).

 

Children in Grades 5–8

Choose either the choir (both services) or the pageant (one or both services). Eighth grade students may also serve as readers.

5–8 Choir
  • Sing at both the 4:15 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. services.
  • Rehearse on Sundays, 11am–Noon, on November 10, 24; December 8, 15, 22.
  • All children must attend the dress rehearsal: Monday, December 23, at 8:30am (finished by 11:15am). Children should be picked up in the atrium following the dress rehearsal.
Pageant
  • Participate in one or both services. The only rehearsal is the dress rehearsal.
  • All children must attend the dress rehearsal: Monday, December 23, at 8:30am. (finished by 11:15am.) Children should be picked up in the atrium following rehearsal. 
8th Grade Readers (optional)
  • Read at one or both services, as assigned.
  • Rehearse with Ms. Gwen Gotsch, times to be arranged.
  • All children must attend the dress rehearsal: Monday, December 23, at 8:30am. (finished by 11:15am). Children should be picked up in the atrium following rehearsal.

Click here to let us know that your child(ren) will participate in the Christmas Eve service. Please respond by November 8. 

Questions? Contact Ms. Janel Dennen (708-366-6900, ext. 247; ) or

Pastor Michael Costello (708-366-6900, ext. 210;

Cover Design (all grades)

All children are invited to submit a design for the bulletin covers for the Christmas season. The design should be on an 8.5 x 11 inch sheet of paper. The use of color is encouraged. Designs should be submitted to Mrs. Maggio at the school office desk, or dropped off at the Grace reception desk by Friday, December 13. 

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