Barry Skinner, pastor, Kilburn Avenue UB Church (Rockford, Ill.)
We held a Christmas Eve candlelight service, 10 pm to midnight, during which we sang and gave testimonies, and heard the message which explained all that was given unto us when Jesus came in human form. Twenty-five people attended and the singing was incredible. We had battery-operated candles in all the windows, and each person had a real candle that was lit for last 5 minutes of the service, during which the house lights were turned off as we sang “Silent Night.”
We held a normal service Christmas Day, with 25 people attending. The message was “There Goes the Neighborhood,” dealing with the impact on the area and world when the Messiah arrived. We again sang Christmas hymns and shared testimonies.