First Parish of Sudbury announces holiday worship, New Year's book group

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Sudbury – First Parish of Sudbury will host several opportunities for families and friends to worship together at Christmas, followed by a special book group discussion in January to kick off the new year.

Saturday, Dec. 24, First Parish will hold its annual Christmas Eve Family Service starting at 5 p.m. Children of all ages are invited to join in for a multigenerational celebration of the birth of Jesus. The service will include the nativity story, with favorite holiday carols, before closing with First Parish's beloved “Silent Night” ritual.

At 7 p.m., the Christmas Eve Candlelight Service will be held, including a traditional Christmas Eve worship service with music, candle-lighting, readings, a short reflection by Rev. Gary Kowalski, and a candlelight ritual ending with “Silent Night.” Children are welcome at this service, as well.

Christmas morning, at 10 a.m., Rev. Kowalski will read a story by Truman Capote, “A Christmas Memory.”

Sunday, Jan. 8, Rev. Kowalski will lead a book discussion group using Huston Smith's classic, “The World's Religions,” an eight-week tour of Hinduism, Buddhism, Confucianism, Taoism, Judaism, Christianity, Islam and the Primal Traditions. The class is free and open to the public. The non-illustrated version of book will be used for the discussion group.

First Parish of Sudbury is a Unitarian Universalist congregation located at 327 Concord Rd, across from Sudbury Town Hall. The Meetinghouse is accessible to wheelchair users and those who are hearing impaired. First Parish embraces diversity and welcomes the participation of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender persons in all aspects of congregational life.

For more information about upcoming events, visit www.fpsudbury.org or call 1-978-443-2043.