In addition to a community-oriented service on Christmas Eve, the United Christian Church of Lincolnville will be offering Blue Christmas and Christmas Morning services this year.

The Blue Christmas Service on Thursday, Dec. 16 at 6 p.m. is especially for those who may be feeling sad at this time of merriment, whether they’ve lost a loved one recently or during past holiday seasons and for those who often feel sad at this time of year. Others may just be looking for a little more quiet and less commercialism in the holidays. All are welcome for some quiet, gentle songs, readings and community.

The Candlelight Christmas Eve Service on Friday, Dec. 24 at 4 p.m. is a time of song, prayer, scripture readings and thanksgiving by candlelight for this sacred time. Community members are welcome to sing with the Wing and a Prayer Choir or play with the Joyful Noise Ensemble for this service. Please contact Music Director Mary Schulien at 785-3521 as soon as possible for details. All are welcome.

The church is offering a new worship service this year: a Christmas Morning Service, Saturday, Dec. 25 at 10 a.m. All are welcome to come together to sing carols, hear scripture, and share in Christmas reflections. Everyone is invited to gather for coffee and muffins after the service, though some may choose to scoot out the door if they have family obligations.

A Sunday service will be held as usual at 9:30 a.m. on Dec. 26. Announcements begin at 9:25 a.m.

The United Christian Church of Lincolnville is affiliated with the United Church of Christ. It is open year-round and welcomes worshipers of all faiths. The Rev. Dr. Susan Stonestreet is pastor. For more information about the services, please contact her at 763-4526. Additional information about the church community and other events is available at its website

The church is located in Lincolnville Center at 30 Searsmont Rd. (Route 173) just north of its intersection with routes 52 and 235.