Now that it’s December, you are probably thinking about and planning for what you and your family will do on Christmas Eve. If one of your options includes attending a Christmas Eve service at a Temecula church, read on—especially if you don’t already have a Temecula church that you call home.
Why Is Christmas Eve a Good Time to Visit a Temecula Church?
If you haven’t been to church in a while—or maybe you’ve never been to a Christian church in your life—Christmas Eve is a great time to try one out! Christmas Eve services tend to have a lot of visitors. Church members bring their out-of-town guests with them, and there will likely be other people there just like you who want to experience a traditional church service on one of the two major Christian holidays (Easter being the other). Because there will likely be a lot of visitors, you won’t stand out as a newcomer and garner any unwanted attention. You can simply enjoy the service in relative anonymity. If you’ve been thinking about getting involved in a church, going to a Christmas Eve service can give you some insight into what that church is like before you start attending on Sunday mornings. You’ll likely get to hear a message from the lead pastor and get a taste of what it would be like to attend that church regularly.
Christmas Eve services also tend to be fairly short at most churches—at least compared to a typical Sunday morning service, so you don’t have to worry about the service dragging on and taking up your whole day/evening. The Christmas Eve service will likely consist of singing some traditional Christmas carols, a short message about the meaning of Christmas, and maybe a special musical number or reading. Church leaders know that most people in attendance want to celebrate the holiday with their families at home, so they keep the service brief.
How to Find a Christmas Eve Service in Temecula
Most Christian churches in Temecula will offer at least one Christmas Eve service, but some of the larger churches will offer multiple services, so you can pick the service that works the best for you and your family. For example, Sunridge Community Church in Temecula offers two services, one at 2:00 and one at 3:30. They chose these times to allow people (including the church’s pastors and volunteers) to still be able to have a Christmas Eve dinner at home with their families.
Attending a Christmas Eve service will give you and your family a chance to reflect on the true meaning of Christmas—that God came to earth in the form of a baby to dwell among us. If you’ve gotten caught up in the consumerism that can accompany the Christmas season, perhaps going to church on Christmas Eve will give you a new perspective on the holiday.