Christmas is celebrated all over the world in church buildings, in outdoor settings and on Christmas Eve with lights and incense.
The churches of Bulahdelah, Tea Gardens and Karuah will celebrate the birth of Jesus at a number of venues and times.
Bulahdelah St. John’s Anglican will hold a Christmas Eve Service at 8:30 pm and have also included a bring and share supper invite.
Rev. Denis Kirkaldy, who is from Wyong, will be leading the services and is in the parish for the Christmas weekend.
Maureen Guthrie, a Bulahdelah Anglican Church member, said, “We warmly welcome Rev. Denis Kirkaldy to lead our Christmas Service and also conduct services in Tea Gardens as our guest preacher at this time.”
Tea Gardens St. Andrew’s Anglican will hold Holy Communion Services at 6:00pm on Christmas Eve and 8:00am on Christmas Day.
There will also be a 6:00am Holy Communion Service at Hawks Nest beach and it has been requested that attendees bring their own chair.
The Catholic Church in Bulahdelah will hold their Christmas Mass at 7:00pm on 24 December.
St. Brigid’s once again has its wooden nativity scene set up out the front of the church to brighten up the town and display the birth of Christ.
Tea Gardens Catholic Church will hold a Christmas Mass at 5:15pm on Christmas Eve and at 8:30am on Christmas Day.
Karuah Catholic Church will have a Christmas Mass at 7:00pm on Christmas Eve.
On Christmas Day the Uniting Church of Bulahdelah will hold a Christmas service at 9:30am.
The Uniting Church has had a billboard that displays brief statements from scripture or about Jesus throughout the year.
Nigel Weekes said, “We, as a church, were keen to have a Christmas message that pointed to Jesus but was also relevant to today’s society.”
By Rachel REITSMA