The Booneville First United Methodist Church invites the community of Booneville and surrounding areas to the Christmas Eve services on Dec. 24. There will be two services.

A Christmas Eve afternoon service, which begins at 4 p.m. in the sanctuary, is an opportunity to set aside a few minutes to celebrate the season with the community. Following a brief sermon and the singing of Christmas hymns, Holy Communion will be celebrated.

“This time together reminds us of the importance of our families and our church family during this time of year,” said pastor Mike Smith.

This service will be approximately 45 minutes in length.

A Christmas Eve candlelight service is one of the most meaningful worship services of the year. The service, which begins at 10 p.m., includes the singing of carols, special musical offerings, lighting of the advent candles, Holy Communion, and a Christmas meditation.

“The candlelight service reminds us of the light of God penetrating the darkness in our world and in our lives. On the eve of this foundational day of our Christian faith, we gather together to remember the significance of the birth of a Savior and the circumstances surrounding that night,” said Smith. “Children are encouraged to wear pajamas to this service.”

This service will be approximately 70 minutes in length.

Everyone is invited to these services regardless of church denomination affiliations or lack of church association. For additional information, please call the church office at 675-2811.