Churches around the community offer a variety of events and services this holiday season.

Churches around the community offer a variety of events and services this holiday season.

Churches welcome community to celebrate the season

Oak Bay-area churches welcome the community for a variety of special events and services over the Christmas season

Oak Bay-area churches welcome parishioners and the community for a variety of special events and services to help share the joy of the Christmas season.

Wednesday, Dec. 14

7 p.m. – Evening Advent Eucharist & Discussion at St. Philip Anglican Church. Info: stphilipvictoria.ca, or 250-592-6823.

7 p.m. – Advent Wednesdays continue at Hope Evangelical Lutheran Church. Info: 250-592-4124 or victoria-lutheran.org.

Saturday, Dec. 17

4 p.m. – Christmas Pageant at St. Philip Anglican Church. Info: stphilipvictoria.ca, or 250-592-6823.

Sunday, Dec.18

10 a.m. – Lessons and Carols for Christmas at St. Mary’s Anglican Church. Info: stmarysoakbay.ca or 250-598-2212.

10 a.m. – Oak Bay United Church hosts an all-ages nativity pageant and music by the Star Kids Choir. Info: oakbayunitedchurch.ca or 250-598-5021.

10 a.m. – St. Matthias Anglican Church hosts Lessons, Carols & Wassail, with short dramatic Bible readings interspersed with the singing of Christmas carols and choral anthems. Wassail and coffee follows in the hall. Info: stmatthiasvictoria.ca or 250-598-2833.

10:30 a.m. – Advent Sundays continue at Hope Evangelical Lutheran Church, plus a Special Christmas Story. Info: 250-592-4124 or victoria-lutheran.org.

2 p.m. – St. Matthias Anglican Church hosts Wassail! Music for a Winters Night in the church with vocal trio Chrysalis and special guest Elizabeth May. Tickets $20, available from the church office and at the door. Info: stmatthiasvictoria.ca or 250-598-2833.

7 p.m. – Oak Bay United Church presents Already Perfect, “a heartwarming story about a young child discovering the greatest story ever told,” followed by a Christmas carol sing-along and treats. Admission by donation. Info: oakbayunitedchurch.ca or 250-598-5021.

Wednesday, Dec. 21

7 p.m. – St. Patrick’s Catholic Church hosts an evening of carols, desserts and wassail, in Our Lady of Lourdes Hall. Info: stpats-vic.ca.

Friday, Dec. 23

7 p.m. – Mandarin Christmas Celebration Christmas Concert at Emmanuel Baptist Church. Info: emmanuelvictoria.ca or 250-592-2418.

Saturday, Dec. 24

4 p.m. – Carols for Young Children at Oak Bay United Church. Info: oakbayunitedchurch.ca.

5 p.m. – Family Christmas Eve Communion, St. Philip Anglican Church. Info: stphilipvictoria.ca, or 250-592-6823.

5 p.m. – The True Meaning of Crumbfest, a child-friendly family service and pageant at St. Matthias Anglican Church. Info: stmatthiasvictoria.ca or 250-598-2833.

7 p.m. – St. Mary’s Anglican Church hosts its Christmas Eve Family Service, including choral Mass of the Shepherds, by Karl Kempter. Info: stmarysoakbay.ca or 250-598-2212.

7 p.m. – Family Christmas Celebration at Oak Bay United Church. Info: oakbayunitedchurch.ca.

7 p.m. – Christmas Eve candlelight worship at Hope Evangelical Lutheran Church. Info: 250-592-4124 or victoria-lutheran.org.

7:30 p.m. – Candlelight Christmas Eve Service at Emmanuel Baptist Church. Info: emmanuelvictoria.ca or 250-592-2418.

8 p.m. – Traditional Christmas Eve Communion with Candlelight, St. Philip Anglican Church. Info: stphilipvictoria.ca, or 250-592-6823.

10 p.m. – Candlelight, Carols and Communion at Oak Bay United Church. Info: oakbayunitedchurch.ca.

10 p.m. – Candlelight Service at St. Matthias Anglican Church, including traditional service, candle lighting ceremony, choral music and carols. Info: stmatthiasvictoria.ca or 250-598-2833.

Sunday, Dec. 25

10 a.m. – Oak Bay United Church gathers at Fairfield United to worship together. (On Jan. 1, Fairfield folks will join Oak Bay United). Info: oakbayunitedchurch.ca.

10 a.m. – Christmas Day communion at St. Mary’s Anglican Church. Info: stmarysoakbay.ca or 250-598-2212.

10 a.m. – St. Matthias Anglican Church’s Christmas morning service, including carols, the Advent wreath with all its five candles, and communion. Info: stmatthiasvictoria.ca or 250-598-2833.

10:30 a.m. – Christmas Day worship at Hope Evangelical Lutheran Church. Info: 250-592-4124 or victoria-lutheran.org.

10:30 a.m. – Christmas Day Service, St. Philip Anglican Church. Info: www.stphilipvictoria.ca, or 250-592-6823

10:30 a.m. – Christmas Morning Carol Service at Emmanuel Baptist Church. Info: www.emmanuelvictoria.ca or 250-592-2418.

Thursday, Dec. 29

1:15 p.m. – St. Philip Skating Social at Oak Bay Rec Centre, St. Philip Anglican Church.

Info: www.stphilipvictoria.ca, or 250-592-6823.

Saturday, Dec. 31

8:30 p.m. – New Year’s Eve Taizé Service, St. Philip Anglican Church. Info: www.stphilipvictoria.ca, or 250-592-6823.

Sunday, Jan. 1

10 a.m. –  Fairfield United visits Oak Bay United Church to worship together. Info: oakbayunitedchurch.ca

10:30 a.m. – The Naming of the Lord Service, St. Philip Anglican Church. Info: www.stphilipvictoria.ca, or 250-592-6823.