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Churches welcome believers for Christmas

Christmas Eve may be the first time many residents in Door and Kewaunee counties step into a church since the beginning of the pandemic. A Lifeway Research study shows that 61 percent of Americans attend church at Christmastime. In anticipation of the increased attendance, several churches are holding additional services and continuing their online offerings so people can still celebrate while doing so safely. Friends Community Church is holding two services this year on Christmas Eve. Pastor Nancy Bontempo hopes attendees realize that in a year of change, there is still one constant.

St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Luxemburg is holding its first service at 2:30 p.m. on Christmas Eve as a way to have its older population have a safe way to worship. Father Dan Schuster believes that even though this year is different, there is no reason why this Christmas cannot be joyful.

Pastor Jim Honig will be delivering his Christmas message in the parking lot at Shepherd of the Bay Lutheran Church in Ellison Bay. He wants attendees to drive away with a message of hope.

You can find a schedule of some of the local services being made available on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day below.


National Shrine of Our Lady of Good Help, Champion, WI: MIDNIGHT MASS begins with group rosary at 11:30 PM (cst), Thursday evening, December 24, 2020 with Mass for the Solemnity of the Nativity of Our Lord offered at 12 AM (cst) Friday, December 25, 2020. CHRISTMAS DAY MASS begins with group rosary at 10:30 AM (cst)  Friday, December 25, 2020 and Mass for the Solemnity of the Nativity of Our Lord offered at 11 AM (cst) Friday, Dec. 25, 2020.


Shepherd of the Bay Lutheran Church, Ellison Bay, WI: Christmas Eve 1) Drive-in Candlelight Services at 4:00 & 7:00p.m. or 2)  Traditional Candlelight Service Video (available on church's website)


St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Algoma: Christmas Eve Candlelight Services 4:00pm, 5:30pm, and 8:00pm, Christmas Day Service 9:00am


Friends Community Church, Sturgeon Bay: Christmas Eve at 4 p.m. and 6 p.m.


Immanuel Lutheran Church, Kewaunee: Christmas Eve - Thursday, December 24 at 4PM and Christmas Day - Friday, December 25 at 10AM


Algoma United Methodist Church: Christmas Eve service will premiere at noon on Facebook, YouTube, and church website


St. Mary's Catholic Parish, Luxemburg (SM) and Holy Trinity Parish, Casco (HT): 12/24 2:30pm (SM), 4:00pm (SM), 5:30pm  (HT), 8:30pm  (SM), 12/25 7:30am (SM), 9:00am (HT)




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