imageFor some in LGBT Atlanta, the holidays aren’t just about presents and parties. For those folks, gay and gay-inclusive congregations offer Christmas Eve and Christmas Day services.

Many of the two dozen houses of worship that offer gay and gay-friendly Sunday Services on our weekly calendar take Christmas back to basics on Friday and Saturday with Eucharists, pageants, candlelight worship and sermons that put the Christ in Christmas. Here are some of the options:

Metro Atlanta’s gay-specific congregations do up Christmas Eve on Friday. Christ Covenant UCC in Decatur hosts a 10 p.m. reception, and an 11 p.m. candlelight service. Of Atlanta’s two Metropolitan Community Churches, First MCC of Atlanta offers up Candles, Carols & Communion at 10:30 p.m with hand-carved communion cups from Bethlehem for each attendee plus a post-service reception, and The Journey MCC in Conyers presents Christmas Eve candlelight services at 7 p.m.

Large churches with large gay contingents also pull out the stops for Christmas Eve. Saint Mark United Methodist Church in Midtown offers three chances to worship on Friday, at 5 p.m. (en espanol), 7 p.m. and 11 p.m.

All Saints Episcopal Church makes a day of it Friday with four services from 3 p.m. through 10 p.m. that offer plenty of chances to do Eucharist with choir and 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 on Friday 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 4 p.m., 8 p.m. and 11 p.m., as well as a Christmas Day Eucharist at 10 a.m.

Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Atlanta does up Christmas Eve with musician and composer Joyce Poley’s pageant “Spirit of the Christmas Tree,” at 5:30 p.m., and Carols, Readings & Candlelight at 7:30 p.m.

These are just a few examples of Christmas Eve and Christmas Day services with Atlanta’s gay and gay-friendly congregations. By no means is the list exhaustive, but we hope it affirms that LGBT Christians 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. You can also submit a listing to our calendar for worship services, potluck dinners or any special event all year with our easy-to-use submission form.

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