Dear Friends, Christmas is the most beautiful time of year, not just externally, but internally as well. For on this day we celebrate God’s amazing grace and love – revealed in Jesus. Please make time in your busy holiday schedule to worship God with us. You’ve prepared your home, be sure to prepare your heart. -Frank Fowler, Pastor

Christmas Eve Services in Hackettstown

Sat. December 23rd (Christmas Eve-Eve Service)

  • 7:30 pm – This is a traditional worship service in our sanctuary for those who may be traveling on Christmas Eve or unable to come out to worship on the 24th.

Sun. December 24th

  • 3:30 pm – A high energy service with joyful music especially for children
  • 5:30 pm – A service for children, youth, and families; children/youth choirs
  • 7:30 pm – A traditional service of carols and scripture with choirs and brass
  • 9:30 pm – A quiet traditional service with a string trio
  • 11:00 pm – A service of Holy Communion

All services end with candlelight and singing “Silent Night”
Childcare provided at 3:30 pm, 5:30 pm, and 7:30 pm services.


Longest Night Service

Sun. December 17th – 7:00 pm in the Sanctuary

When you just aren’t able to feel the joy of the season, it can feel as though you are the only one struggling this time of year. And it can feel as though you should just be able to turn off the grief, the struggle, the worry, the loneliness you are experiencing and be happy, but you can’t. It might feel as though the world doesn’t get it or even that there’s something wrong with you as you wish you could just skip over this season altogether.
It can be difficult to hold together the pain we might be experiencing with the Christmas season. And that is what this service is for. It’s a sacred space to be real with what is happening in life right now, to acknowledge it, honor it, and discover the ways that Advent and Christmas are actually meant to speak directly into that which you are experiencing. It’s an opportunity to experience the hope and love of our compassionate God, and at the same time be realistic about our experiences.
So come if you are

  • grieving
  • lonely
  • worried
  • struggling
  • fearful
  • experiencing a loss (job, health, financial, independence, relationship, etc.)
  • anticipating a loss
  • hurting
  • in need of a word of comfort and hope
  • wanting to know you aren’t alone

All are welcome to this service and you are encouraged to invite friends, neighbors, and loved ones from the community. As an offering of love, offer to attend with those you invite!

Questions? Contact Pastor Jenny (jsmithwalz@catchthespirit.org or 908-852-3020 x13)