St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, 11 White St., will hold a Lessons and Carols service Sunday, Dec. 16, at 5:30 p.m.

The service first became popular in Britain after World War I, as the nation sought to heal and come together. The program has spread to the U.S. and Canada and around the world. Lessons and Carols are celebrated around the world by many Christian denominations.

St. Peter's has updated the service for the current day and time. Christmas carols and hymns are sung between brief Bible readings that tell the story of Christianity and Jesus’ birth. The festive program unfolds as a dramatic dialogue between the reader, the choir, and people in the pews, who lend their voices to the well-known carols.

The service is free and open to the public. Donations will be accepted to assist St. Peter's outreach to those in need. For additional information, contact the church office at 594-8191.