Christmas Eve 2021

A full Christmas Eve service will be emailed out and posted on our website

Due to inclement weather, outdoor services will be held on December 23rd.

*Select the Christmas Eve fund from the dropdown menu

The Christmas Eve Offering, as designated by the Session, will be divided to support the following ministries. The Martin Luther King Jr. Scholarship Fund: In recent years, this fund has helped give dozens of scholarship awards to students from Chapel Hill high schools. The recipients are students whose character and activities exemplify Dr. King’s legacy of community-building. Awards are given by a university/community foundation to students regardless of gender, race, or economic status. The Pastors’ Discretionary Fund: This fund is used by the church program staff to provide assistance to individuals and families in crisis, usually in collaboration with other local helping agencies.


*Date Change- outdoor services will be held on 12/23*

Sign up online for a brief, strictly limited capacity, outdoor service of candle-lighting and caroling on December 23rd. (Current slots: 4pm, 5pm, 6pm, and 7pm)

Is it safe to sing together? According to the International Coalition for the Performing Arts Aerosol Study, we are safe to sing under the following conditions: all participants are masked, outdoors, at least 6 ft apart, and singing for fewer than 30 minutes.

How can you ensure families will maintain distance?

There will be circles of lights on the grass/sidewalk, safely spaced apart, so that families have a visual reminder of where they should stand. Ushers will be there to indicate where to enter and exit safely and one family at a time, so that no crowding takes place before or after the worship. A thirty minute buffer will be between each gathering time.

What will we do in the event of rain?

Rain will cancel the event. We will not go inside. A message will go to the email you used on the sign up genius to alert you if we have canceled. 

What if the Christmas Eve slots fill up?

We cannot increase the number of those who will gather outside. But we may consider adding an additional time slot on Christmas Eve or the 23rd.

Why should we gather at all?

The mantra we have followed from the beginning of this pandemic is that we need to prioritize safety. We feel that UPC has been faithful to that calling, And we have from time to time offered opportunities for the Church to gather safely because human contact is necessary. At Christmas we celebrate God’s incarnation – God becoming a human body – so it seems like there is no time when it is more important to provide opportunities for the Church to gather as the body of Christ.