Ministries throughout the area will hold worship services observing Christmas and New Year’s Eve. All services are free and open to the public.
Bethlehem Temple Church, 958 East 52nd Street in Los Angeles, features ‘The King of Kings/ The Battle Of The Glory,’ sponsored by its Drama Ministry on Sunday, December 23 at 4:30 p.m. On Monday, December 31 at 7 p.m., Pastor Gentry W. Richardson, Sr., will preach at the Watch Night Service.
Greater New Unity Baptist Church, 9719 South Avalon Boulevard in Los Angeles, celebrates ‘Christmas in the Hood’ on Saturday, December 22 from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. Free continental breakfast, toys and clothing will be available, said Pastor Randy Allison, Jr.
Lake Avenue Church, 393 North Lake Avenue in Pasadena, offers Christmas Eve services at 4 p.m., 9 p.m. and 11 p.m. A Christmas Carol Sing Along is set for December 25 at 9:30 a.m. Also, Pastor Greg Waybright will continue his Advent sermons on December 23 and 27.
Love and Unity Christian Fellowship, 1840 South Wilmington Boulevard in Compton, presents New Year’s Praisin’ Eve on Monday, December 31 at 9 p.m. Pastor Ronald Hill said, “The Walls Group will perform, so we hope to bring you there and bring a friend!”
New Mount Calvary Missionary Baptist Church, 402 East El Segundo Boulevard in Los Angeles, will bring in 2013 at its Annual New Year’s Eve Watch Service on Monday, December 31 at 9 p.m. “This service will surely be one to remember and we pray that the Spirit of the Lord leads you to join us,” said Pastor Sonja R. Dawson.
Phillips Temple C.M.E. Church, 971 East 43rd Street in Los Angeles, will sponsor a Community Toy Giveaway on Saturday, December 22, at 11 a.m., in the church parking lot. “Our prayer team will be on hand plus we’ll have entertainment, games and toys for every child attending,” said Pastor Bernard M. Jackson.
Second Baptist Church, 2412 Griffith Avenue in Los Angeles, will rejoice with the ‘Joy & Laughter Christmas Day Event’ on Sunday, December 25 at 12 p.m., said Pastor William Epps. The event includes dinner, games and music by the James Leary Trio. Admission is $10 for youth, $20 in advance for adults and $25 at the door. For tickets, call (213) 536-7337.
Southern Missionary Baptist Church, 4678 West Adams Boulevard in Los Angeles, will hold Christmas Day Service on Sunday, December 25 at 10 a.m. Pastor Xavier Thompson said, “Come join in the celebration of Christ’s birth at our morning worship.”
Zion Hill Baptist Church, 7860 10th Avenue in Los Angeles, combines Christmas fun with veterinary science at its Quarterly Pet Day on Saturday, December 22. Pastor Seth Pickens said, “Introducing our youth to veterinary medicine provides them with practical application of biology and math and opens doors of exposure to students.”