Greater Brandon area churches are set to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ with Christmas Eve services tonight. Here's a guide to times and offerings. (Help us make the list complete with your additions in the comment box below.)
- Kings Avenue Baptist Church, 2602 South Kings Avenue, Brandon / Christmas Eve candlelight service, Dec. 24 at 6:30 p.m. Hour of prayer, Dec. 25, 9-10 a.m.
- First Baptist Church of Brandon, 216 North Parsons Ave. / Christmas Eve service, Dec. 24 at 5 p.m.
- First Presbyterian Church of Brandon, 121 Carver Ave. / Christmas Eve communion and candlelight services, 5 and 7:30 p.m.
- Bay Life Church, 1017 Kingsway Road, Brandon / Christmas Eve services, 5 and 7. Childcare services, for children ages 5 and under, at the 5 p.m. service only.
- Bell Shoals Baptist, 2101 Bell Shoals Road, Brandon / Christmas Eve services, 4 and 7 p.m.
- Apostles Lutheran Church, 200 Kingsway Road, Brandon / Christmas Eve worship, 4 p.m. (traditional worship with Holy Communion and children's choirs), 6 p.m. (contemporary worship with Holy Communion and Ichthus) and 10 p.m. (traditional worship with Holy Communion, Gloria Dei Choir and handbells).
- Nativity Catholic Church, 705 East Brandon Blvd. / Christmas Eve — 4 p.m. Mass (Family Mass Musicians, interpreted for hearing-impaired); 4 p.m. Mass (gymnasium); 7:30 p.m. Mass (church); 7:30 p.m. (Mass in Spanish, in the gym); 11 p.m. carols, midnight Mass (bilingual). / Christmas Day — Masses at 7 a.m,. 8:30 a.m, 10:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m. (in Spanish), and 6 p.m.
- Cornerstone Baptist Church, 818 North Parsons Ave. / Christmas Eve service, 5 p.m.
- Holy Innocents Episcopal Church, 604 North Valrico Road / Christmas Eve family service (5 p.m.), prelude of carols (10 p.m.), festive Eucharist (10:30 p.m.)
- Immanuel Lutheran Church, 2913 John Moore Road, Brandon / Christmas Eve children's Sunday School service (5 p.m.); candlelight service (7 p.m.) / Christmas Day — 10 a.m. (with Holy Communion).
- Westminster Presbyterian Church of Brandon, 402 East Lumsden Road / Christmas Eve candlelight service, 7 p.m.
- Southside Baptist Church, 415 West Lumsden Road, Brandon / Christmas Eve candlelight service, 6 p.m.
- St. Stephen Catholic Church, 5049 Bell Shoals Rd., Valrico: Christmas vigil with a living nativity presentation Monday, Dec. 24 at 4, 6 and 8 p.m. There will be Christmas pageants at the 4 and 6 p.m. Masses. The midnight Mass will feature a choral prelude. Christmas Day Masses Tuesday, Dec. 25, will take place at 8, 9:30 and 11:30 a.m.
- Lamb of God Lutheran Church, 10540 Browning Rd., Lithia: Christmas Eve Vespers Monday, Dec. 24 at 7 p.m. with free child care available. Christmas Candlelight Service Monday, Dec. 24 at 11 p.m. with carols, candlelight and the ringing of the church bell. Christmas Communion Service Tuesday, Dec. 25 at 10 a.m.
- Living Savior Lutheran Church, 2650 Lithia-Pinecrest Rd., Valrico: Christmas Eve Candlelight Service Monday, Dec. 24 at 6 p.m. and a Christmas Day Service of readings and carols Tuesday, Dec. 25 at 10 a.m.
- First United Methodist Church of Brandon, 121 North Knights Ave., Brandon: A Christmas Eve caroling service for families with children Monday, Dec. 24 at 5 p.m., a service with full orchestra and choir at 7 p.m., a service with the Praise Band and candlelight at 9 p.m. and a communion candlelight service with the bell choir at 11 p.m.
- St. Andrew's United Methodist Church, 3315 Bryan Road, Brandon: A children/family service will take place Monday, Dec. 24 at 4:30 p.m., a Contemporary Service is at 6:30 p.m. and Traditional Services will be at 8:30 and 11 p.m.
Are we missing any services? Feel free to add them in the "comments" section.