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.
CHRISTMAS EVE SERVICE – 2022
We’re happy to confirm that the candlelight service is back–live and inside–at the Old West Church on Saturday, December 24th at 5:00 pm. Masks are encouraged and we ask that anyone with symptoms please stay home to keep our friends and neighbors safe this holiday season. Thank you. We look forward to gathering around June’s piano for this wonderful tradition!!
CHRISTMAS EVE SERVICE – 2021
The 2021 service was held outside due to the pandemic. Click below to view.
Piano by June Morse
Photos courtesy of Jamie Moorby, Mary Alice Proffitt, and Elizabeth Copeland
CHRISTMAS EVE SERVICE – 2020
The 2020 service was not held due to the pandemic. To view the virtual service click below.