By Janis Fontaine
It’s 2020, so you may wonder where to find celebrations of the birth of Jesus amid a pandemic. Here’s what’s planned at some churches. Since plans, like infection rates, could change, call ahead or check the church websites for up-to-date information.
Advent Lutheran Church in Boca Raton is planning Christmas Eve services at 6 p.m. Dec. 23, a day early, then at 2, 3, 4, 6 and 11 p.m. Dec. 24. Christmas Day services will take place at 10 a.m. Social distancing and safety protocols are in place. Call 561-395-3632; www.adventboca.org.
St. Lucy Catholic Church’s outdoor Nativity scene will be on display at 3510 S. Ocean Blvd., Highland Beach, beginning in mid-December. Christmas services are planned at 6 p.m. Dec. 24 and 8 and 10 a.m. Dec. 25. These are indoor services with social distancing protocols in place. Call 561-278-1280; visit www.stlucycommunity.com.
St. Joseph’s Episcopal Church’s popular Spontaneous Christmas Pageant will be updated into a series of drive-thru tableaus where preselected families will act out scenes from the Nativity story. The event will take place during the day on Dec. 24 at St. Joseph’s, 3300 Seacrest Blvd., Boynton Beach. More info will be available closer to the date. Call 561-732-3060; visit www.stjoesweb.org.
St. Paul’s Episcopal Delray Beach welcomes parishioners by invitation only. Seating will be limited to 80 people per service to allow for social distancing. Masks will be required for all attendees over the age of 2. All services will be livestreamed via the church YouTube channel. St. Paul’s is at 188 S. Swinton Ave. Call 561-276-4541; visit https://stpaulsdelray.org.
Services are Dec. 24, 5 p.m.: A family Christmas service with a multigenerational presentation of the traditional Christmas story. Children who attend will be able to participate from their seats.
Dec. 24, 10 p.m.: A celebration of the Holy Eucharist featuring music by organist and soloist with the Very Rev. Paul Kane, rector.
Dec. 25, 10 a.m.: A celebration of the Holy Eucharist will feature music by organist and soloist.
St. Gregory’s Episcopal Church, 100 NE Mizner Blvd., Boca Raton, holds in-person worship for a maximum of 50 people by reservation but will not have in-person Christmas services. Instead a “spectacular virtual service” is being planned. Call 561-395-8285; visit www.stgregorysepiscopal.org.
At St. Vincent Ferrer Catholic Church in Delray Beach, a special children’s Mass is planned at 6 p.m. following the 4 p.m. Christmas Eve Mass. At 9 p.m., the most popular Christmas Eve Mass begins. This year as a special treat, an ensemble will perform beloved Christmas carols and hymns for 15 minutes before each service, so arrive early for this auditory delight.
Social distancing and thorough cleaning with special fogging machines between each Mass are part of the COVID-19 protocols. The church, at 840 George Bush Blvd., can accommodate about 500 people. Call 561-276-6892; visit www.stvincentferrer.com.
First United Methodist Church of Boynton Beach is planning an outdoor service for Christmas Eve, but church officials caution that could change depending on COVID-19 numbers. More details will be available closer to Christmas. Call 561-732-3435; visit www.fumcbb.com.