Christmas 2015 at Grace Chapel

Each December we unwrap a familiar cast of characters. From boxes in our attics and stars on our trees, they call for us to listen to the story of incredible things that happened to ordinary people. Of men and women who found their lives interrupted—by the miraculous.

We call their story Christmas.

This December, come and hear a story, again or for the first time. Every Sunday and Christmas Eve we’ll be following the road to Bethlehem—looking for miracles and listening for a God who still invites people to live the impossible.

Advent Sundays

November 29: The Mother of All Miracles
December 6: Peace on Earth?
December 13: Relationships: Ruined and Restored
December 20 (Monologue Sunday)*: To Change the World
December 27: Life After Christmas

*On Monologue Sunday we take a break from our regular Sunday messages to hear the Christmas story told dramatically, from the perspective of a historical, biblical character. Combined with Christmas carols and special music, the monologue offers a great seasonal opportunity to invite friends to experience church in a new way. Who will this year’s character be? Join us on December 20 and find out!

Recordings of each week's message are available in our sermons archive

Our regular Kidstown children's ministry for kids ages newborn through 5th grade will be available at all Sunday services throughout Advent, except December 27 (all campuses) and January 3 (Watertown and Wilmington only) which will be newborn through pre-K only. 

Christmas Eve Candlelight Services

Tuesday, December 22

7:00pm in Lexington

Wednesday, December 23

7:00pm in Lexington

Thursday, December 24

3:30pm and 5:00pm in Watertown
3:00pm and 4:30pm in Wilmington*
3:00pm, 4:30pm, and 6:00pm in Lexington**

Childcare will be available for newborns through age 5.

*Limited seating at our Wilmington Campus only; please email  to reserve seats in advance. Our Wilmington Campus Christmas Eve services are ticketed events this year to ensure seating for everyone. We’re asking that anyone attending Christmas Eve services at our Wilmington location reserve their seats in advance. Tickets are free, and available at the info desk in the Wilmington lobby or by emailing Laurie Bean ( ). Watertown and Lexington services will NOT be ticketed; seats will be distributed on a first come, first serve basis.

**At all three Lexington services on December 24, we will offer a shuttle bus service from the high school to Grace Chapel. If you are a Grace Chapel regular, please consider taking advantage of this opportunity and allow our many guests to have the best parking spots. Please note, this shuttle will only be offered on December 24. Parking suggestions for Lexington campus visitors can be found here

Translation services are available at some of our Lexington campus services: Mandarin Chinese is available on Dec. 23 (7:00pm) and Dec. 24 (3:00pm only). Translation into Korean is available on Dec. 23 (7:00pm). For details on translation at our Lexington campus Sunday services, visit our Multicultural Resources page.

A Special Offering

Over 12 million people have fled the region or been displaced due to the crisis; the largest number of human refugees in history, and the worst humanitarian crisis in the world today. 95% of those refugees will never leave the Middle East, and half of them are children. As we approach Christmas, we are reminded that Jesus himself was a Middle Eastern refugee by the age of two.

This is a moment for the church to stand up and join with believers worldwide to do what the church has called us to do. 100% of the offering we receive from the Special Offering on Christmas Eve will go towards providing aid for refugees, through our partnership with World Relief and the Greater Boston Refugee Ministry. This is our chance to be the church that leads with love, and we hope you’ll join us in this.

"For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me. Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you? The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’" Matthew 23:35-40, NIV