“The Story of Christmas,” a ballet that traces the story of Christ’s birth from the time of creation through the fall of Adam and Eve, will be performed at 7 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 12 and Saturday, Dec. 13 at Messiah Christian Church, Route 1, Wells. More than 100 dancers, actors, and singers are a part of the production. Cost of admission is $5. Tickets will be available at the door.

The morning sermon, “Some Things That Really Matter,” will be delivered by Evangelist Terry Schmidt Sunday at Southern Maine Church of Christ, meeting at 159 Alfred Road in West Kennebunk. A potluck fellowship will follow the morning service. Sunday morning Bible study is at 9:30 a.m., followed by worship at 10:30 a.m. Sunday evening Bible study is at 6 p.m., and a midweek Bible study is offered on Wednesday at 7 p.m. All are welcome.

“Be Good to Yourself: Coping with Suffering, Loss and Grief During the Holidays” will be offered Saturday, Dec. 13 from 2-4 p.m. at St. Ignatius Gym-Cafeteria on 25 Riverside Ave. in Sanford. Refreshments will be provided at this free event. The presenter will be Carol Schoneberg-Robinson, the bereavement services manager at Hospice of Southern Maine. No matter how long you have been trying to cope, all are welcome to attend to better understand grief, move toward healing and find support during the holidays. Register by contacting Diana L’Heureux at 608-2581 or [email protected] For more information, contact the St. Thérèse of Lisieux Parish Office at 324-2420.

The annual York County Hanukkah Party and potluck supper will be held on Sunday, Dec. 21 from 5-8 p.m. at Congregation Etz Chaim, 36 Bacon St. in Biddeford. Participants are asked to bring a dairy or vegetable entrée to share. Latkes will be served fresh from the kitchen. Dessert and drinks are provided. Music and dancing with the Casco Bay Tummlers begins at 5 p.m. Admittance is $6 per person. Parking is available on the street or in the nearby Biddeford Police Station parking lot.

Christ Church UCC/UMC has worship at 10 a.m. on Sunday with the Rev. Mark Arbisi. Refreshments and fellowship follow. The church is located at 6 Dane St., Kennebunk. For more information, call 985-4494 or visit christchurchkennebunk.org.

The Sanford Unitarian Universalist Church, 5 Lebanon St. in Sanford, The Rev. Sue Gabrielson presiding, welcomes everyone to worship services and church school held every Sunday at 10:30 a.m. Childcare is provided during the service. For more information, call 324-3191, visit www.sanforduuchurch.org or like the church on Facebook.

St. George Episcopal Church, 1 Emerson St. in Sanford, The Rev. Canon Susan Murphy presiding, has regular worship services at 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. every Sunday. Childcare is available at the 10 a.m. service. Sunday school for K-6 begins at 9:45 a.m. Youth Group for grades 7-12 meets the second Sunday of the month at 11 a.m. All are welcome to come and worship with a welcoming Christian community committed to all of God’s people and creation. For more information, call 324-8119, visit www.stgeorgesanford.org or like the church on Facebook.

Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Kennebunk hosts a free bean supper on the first Saturday of the month, open to the community. All are welcome to attend from 4-6 p.m. On the second Monday of the month, a free lunch called the Friendship Lunch is offer at noon, and on the third Thursday of the month, Harvest Cafe offers a free, three-course dinner for the community at 5:30 p.m. For more information, call Community Harvest, 967-1911. Visit www.kennebunklutheran.org for a listing of services at the church.


The Christmas Cantata, “Were You There on That Christmas Night,” by Lloyd Larsen, is scheduled for 6 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 21 at Goodwin’s Mills Advent Christian. It will be a candlelight service, and all are welcome. For more information, call 499-2817.

The Sanford Unitarian Universalist Church, located at 5 Lebanon St. in Sanford, hosts a traditional Christmas Eve Candlelight Service at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 24. The SUUC bell and vocal choir will perform. Childcare will be provided, and refreshments will be served following the service. The service will be led by Rev. Sue Gabrielson. Everyone is welcome. Visit www.sanforduuchurch.org or call 324-3191 for more information.

St. George Episcopal Church, located at 3 Emerson St. in Sanford, hosts Christmas Eve services of Holy Eucharist at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 24 for a family service, and 10 p.m. for a service with incense. On Sunday, Dec. 28, there will be one service at 9 a.m. The Rev. Canon Susan Murphy is rector. Visit the website at www.stgeorgesanford.org or call 324-8119 for more information.

A Christmas Eve service, “Each night a child is born is a holy night,” will be given on Wednesday, Dec. 24 at 5 p.m. at First Parish Unitarian Universalist Church, Main Street in Kennebunk, by Rev. Lara Campbell and Music Director Charles Grindle. All are welcome.

Saint David’s Episcopal Church will host a Christmas Eve pageant with Eucharist on Dec. 24 at 4 p.m. At 8 p.m., informal carol singing accompanied by the organ will take place, and at 8:30 p.m., “The Feast on the Eve of the Nativity of Our Lord” will be given with choir, hymns, a sermon and Eucharist. On Christmas Day, Dec. 25, at 11 a.m., there will be Eucharist with a sermon. The church is located at 138 York St. in Kennebunk. For more information, call 985-3073 or visit www.stdavidskennebunk.org.

Crossroads United Methodist Church will hold a Christmas Eve service starting at 6:30 p.m. The service will include carol singing, a children’s story and bible readings. Everyone is invited. The church is located at the corner of Route 202 and Grammar Road in Sanford.

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