All ye faithful: Gay-friendly Christmas services

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For some in LGBT Atlanta, the holidays aren’t just about presents and parties. For them, gay and gay-inclusive congregations offer Christmas Eve services, celebrations and commemorations.

Many of Atlanta’s two-dozen houses of worship that offer gay and gay-friendly Sunday Services on the weekly basis take Christmas back to basics or up a notch. Here are some of the options for Eucharist, pageants, candlelight worship and sermons.

Metro Atlanta’s gay-specific congregations do up Christmas Eve on Monday. Decatur UCC hosts 6 p.m. and 11 p.m. candlelight service. First MCC of Atlanta offers up the manger story with musical accompaniment at 10:30 p.m. with an eggnog and treats reception after the services.

Large churches with big gay contingents also pull out the stops for Christmas Eve. Saint Mark United Methodist Church in Midtown offers three chances to worship on Monday, at 5 p.m., 7 p.m. and 11 p.m. All Saints Episcopal Church makes a day of it on Christmas Eve with five services, including 1 p.m. lessons and carols with a quartet and handbell choir and four Eucharists with musicians and choirs at 3 p.m., 5 p.m., 7:30 p.m. and 10:30 p.m., that offer plenty of chances to do Eucharist with youth, choir and/or hand bells. You can also join the church for a Christmas Day Holy Eucharist at 10 a.m.

St. Bartholomew’s Episcopal Church offers three Christmas Eve Festal Eucharist at 4:30 p.m., 7:30 p.m. and 10:30 p.m., plus a Christmas Day service at 10: 30 a.m. Cathedral of St. Philip brings Christmas Eve to its congregation at 1 p.m., 4 p.m., 8 p.m. and 11 p.m., as well as a Christmas Day Eucharist at 10 a.m. and en espanol at 12 noon.

For non-denominational Christmas fare, Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Atlanta does up Christmas Eve on Monday with the “Spirit of the Christmas Tree” intergenerational pageant at 5:30 p.m., and Carols, Readings & Candlelight at 7:30 p.m.

These are just a few examples of holiday weekend services with Atlanta’s gay and gay-friendly congregations. By no means is the list exhaustive, but we hope it affirms that the LGBT faithful certainly have options. Click the links to find contact info and resources to learn details of each service.

If we missed one, by all means add it to the comments section below with the name of the congregation, address, time and nature of the event, and contact info so others can have the opportunity to attend.


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