Christmas Eve 2021 – Photo courtesy of Chris Killoran

“A huge thank you to every single person who helped put together the 2021 Christmas Eve service at the Old West Church. The list of participants –– about 50 strong!

Over two “pandemic” years now, the Old West Church Association has creatively drawn the community together in warm and memorable celebration, and has helped us all to keep a lovely tradition alive in sweet and meaningful ways. Again, thank you!

PS For an extra dose of Christmas spirit, you can rewatch the 2020 service online.”

Marialisa Calta

CHRISTMAS EVE SERVICE – 2021


Piano by June Morse

Photos courtesy of Jamie Moorby, Mary Alice Proffitt, and Elizabeth Copeland

ELLIOT MORSE DELIVERS HIS HISTORICAL OPENING REMARKS AT THE 2021 CHRISTMAS EVE SERVICE


Video courtesy of Renee Grzankowski

THE CHILDREN’S CHOIR SINGS CHRISTMAS EVE IS HERE TONIGHT WITH WORDS AND MUSIC BY OUR OWN DEBBIE CLARK, AND CHRISTMAS TIME IS HERE BY LEE MENDELSON


Videos courtesy of Renee Grzankowski

The Christmas Eve service at the Old West Church began very informally in the early 1950s with just a few families led in song by June Morse (the OWC musical director) playing an old upright piano. When it was too cold they skipped the service! It has grown into a yearly event with people coming to experience a non-denominational service lit only by the gentle glow of candles and warmed by the heat of those packed together in the pews. Community members make wreaths and roping to adorn the inside and outside of the building. The service consists of readings from scripture by high school students and songs by the Calais Community Choir, and Children’s Choir. It is a magical evening of the tradition and the warmth of the holiday season.

SHARING THE MEMORY

And for 2021

Old West Church Association Officers
Barbara McAndrew – President
Richard Maizell – Vice President
Donna Fitch – Treasurer
Sue Killoran – Recording Secretary
Anne Connor – Corresponding Secretary

Children’s Choir Directors
Renee Grzankowski
Mary Alice Proffitt

Indispensable Helpers
Brian Clark-Packing Up
Anne Connor – Reading Selection/Readers
Nick Emlen – Reading Selections
Steve & Sue Killoran – Warmers of the Choir
Neal Maker – Signage
Chuck Mayhood– Choir Conductor
John Mccullough – Signage
Jamie Moorby – Volunteers
Elliot Morse – Welcoming Remarks
June Morse – Musical Director
Mack & Cindy Gardner-Morse – Sconces and Candles

Hosts
Rodney Buck
Larry Bush
Donna Fitch
Sue Killoran
Jamie Moorby

Readers
Esther Macke
Ayla Bodach Turner
Samuel Clarke

Adult Choir
Carol Beatty
Liz Benjamin
Susannah Blachly
Sandy Buck
Dillon Burns
Debbie Clark
Anne Connor
Nick Emlen
Linda Gray
Simon Kennedy
Willow Krake
Dana Lawrence
Catherine Lowther
Richard Maizell
Barbara McAndrew
Alex Saunders
Chris Saunders
David Schutz
Cecile Sherburn
Merry Sherlock
Nancy Thomas
Chani Waterhouse
Anne Wheelock