Here's which Dawson County churches will hold Christmas Eve services this year


The ongoing preservation and restoration of Holy Family Parish Church which is considered a Fernie landmark is sure to add joy to your Christmas spiritual experience. Others have figured out creative ways to engage congregants with outside events like drive-through nativities or parking lot services.

"Our church is really big", she said, explaining it can fit 250 people without surpassing the 25 percent capacity limit.

Rev. Richard Grigson, rector of the Collegiate Church of Saint Mary in Stafford, said the church had worked hard to ensure people could all feel part of the church at Christmas, whether attending in person or watching online.

"The Home For Christmas" church service will be live-streamed on December 24 at 1:30 pm.

Battery-operated candles will be given out at the beginning of the service.

Some 2000 years ago on Christmas Eve, a young couple named Mary and Joseph were looking for a place to stay when they heard the words no tired traveler wants to hear: "No room at the inn".

At First Reformed Church in Sheldon, they plan to have two services on Christmas Eve - one at 4:30 and one at 6:30 p.m.

St. John will celebrate Christmas with reduced attendance and social distancing per state guidelines on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. A 10 a.m. Mass will also be streamed Christmas Day. It is the feast of the incarnation - the feast of God becoming flesh. "We're thankful to still be open", he said.

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The Calgary Free Presbyterian Church will offer both online and in-person services on Christmas Eve.

St. Patricks will allow a maximum of 50 vehicles per mass and 18 drive-in services will run between Christmas Even and January 3rd.

A lighting of the Christmas candles, followed by the singing of Silent Night will also take place.

"We feel, in this way, you sort of keep the tradition, and it's different but it's still quite attractive", he said.

Churches under the diocese have planned staggered services, starting at 7pm, till around 9pm to 10pm, for the midnight mass, with physically-distant arrangements for communion as well.

COVID hit, the church was averaging over 100 members.

"Obviously with the pandemic, it's been less", says Miller.

"We chose to make sure that we included everybody, whether they were able to get to church or whether they were watching services online".