Christmas Candlelight Service
- Date: Monday, December 9, 2013
- Time: 8:00 p.m.
- Location: Stout Meetinghouse
Earlham’s annual Christmas Candlelight Service is an enchanting combination of scripture readings, carols and Concert Choir selections.
The service will be held at 8:00 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 9, in Stout Meetinghouse. A choral prelude will begin at 7:30 p.m.
“I find the service soothing and reflective,” says Arielle Webb ’14. “When everyone is standing outside in a circle with their candles lit, it’s a beautiful sight. Everyone comes together. It’s just us, the night, our songs and the light of the candles. It’s quite enchanting.”
The service is often seen as a way for students to wind down as they prepare for finals. The most magical moment of the service is when the lights are turned out in the meetinghouse and the congregation sings “Silent Night” as the flame is passed from candle to candle.
This event includes a prelude, a service with multilingual parts, including readings in English, Korean, Spanish and Arabic, choral selections and lighting of luminaries around The Heart. After the service, everyone is invited to Earlham Hall lobby for cookies and hot chocolate.
Each year more than 100 people attend the service, which was arranged in 1996 when Earlham changed from trimesters to semesters. The calendar switch brought the end of the school year closer to the holidays. As part of Advent, Stephanie Crumley-Effinger, Director of Supervised Ministry, arranged the first Christmas service. Ellen Bennett, wife of former Earlham President Doug Bennett, suggested the lighting segment of the service. Kelly Burk, Director of Religious Life, now coordinates the event.
Free admission, no tickets required.