Editor’s note: For a schedule of Christmas Eve and Christmas Day services, please contact individual places of worship.


Holy Grounds Coffee House, 6:30 p.m., featuring Lisa Gallant Seal’s CD release party with One Voice and Jessi McKinnon. Church of the Holy Spirit, 1047 Congress St., Portland. For more information, call 874-9779.


Kids Only Christmas Shop, 1 to 4 p.m., featuring gifts that are free or $1 or less. A Christmas concert and sing-along starts at 2 p.m. and refreshments will be served, also free. St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church, 496 Lisbon St. (Route 196), Lisbon. Visit www.StMatthewsLisbon.org or call 353-8453 for details.

Rejoicing Spirits, 4 p.m., special worship service for persons with cognitive or developmental disabilities, followed by fellowship and supper. Held at Trinity Lutheran Church, 612 Main St., Westbrook. Wheelchair accessibility and ASL interpreter provided.

Community Christmas Carol Sing, 4:30 to 5:30 p.m., hymns and carols of the season. The public is welcome. Raymond Village Community Church, 27 Main St., Raymond.

Annual York County Hanukkah Party, 5 p.m., at Congregation Etz Chaim, 36 Bacon St., Biddeford. Featured is a potluck supper at 5 p.m., and participants should bring a dairy or veggie entree to share. Drinks and desserts are provided. There will also be latkes by Marc Feldman along with music and dancing with Casco Bay Tummlers. The cost is $6 per person. Parking is available on the street or in the nearby Biddeford police station parking lot.


Vigil for Peace, noon to 1 p.m., State Street Church, 159 State St., Portland. For more information, call 774-6396.


Living Nativity, 7 to 8 p.m., with live animals, hymn singing and refreshments. All are welcome. Standish Congregational Church, Oak Hill Road. Call 642-3386 for details.

Candlelight Advent Vespers, 7 p.m., contemplative worship service with the Senior Choir. Raymond Village Community Church.


Labyrinth Walk, 4 to 7:30 p.m., indoor Chartre-style labyrinth for meditative walks. Trinity Episcopal, 580 Forest Ave., rear entrance, Portland. Allow about 30 minutes for the walk. Call 772-7421 for details.


A Simple Solstice, 6:30 and 8:30 p.m., celebrating the longest night of the year. Allen Avenue Unitarian Universalist Church, 524 Allen Ave., Portland.

Winter Solstice celebration, 7 p.m., free and open to the public. Please bring finger food to share and a non-perishable food item for the York County Shelter Programs. Cider, tea, coffee and water will be provided. First Parish Unitarian Universalist Church, Main Street, Kennebunk.


Live Nativity, 5 to 7 p.m., every evening through Dec. 24, weather permitting, at Trinity Lutheran Church, 612 Main St., Westbrook. “Roman soldiers” will lead visitors to The Bethlehem Cafe in the fellowship hall for cocoa and cookies. There is parking behind the church off School Street. Details are online at www.trinitywestbrook.com or by calling 854-5653.


Maine Catholics who are unable to get to church can participate at “My Sunday Mass” by watching on television or online, or by listening to the radio. The programs are designed to support Catholics who are homebound, hospitalized, imprisoned or impacted by poor travel conditions.

Television programming is at 9:30 a.m. Sundays on the following channels:

• Auburn area: Oxford Networks Ch. 9, Time Warner Ch. 21, DirecTV Ch. 305, Dish Network Ch. 216;

• Portland area: Time Warner Ch. 14, DirecTV Ch. 305, Dish Network Ch. 216;

• Presque Isle area: Time Warner Ch. 5, DirecTV Ch. 305, Dish Network Ch. 216.

• Also, The Presence Radio Network provides a Mass simulcast each Sunday at 8 a.m. on 106.7 FM (Portland area), 90.3 FM (Bangor area), 89.5 FM (Augusta area) and 89.7 FM (Bath/Brunswick area).

In addition, current and previous Masses are available online at www.MySundayMass.org.