You are invited to celebrate Christmas Eve with us. We are a multi-generational church who loves to celebrate Christmas because our Savior was born into this world! We welcome all people to celebrate with us. As a matter of fact, expect to be greeted with open arms to our church home. See you Christmas Eve.
Lots of Candlelight Christmas Eve Services
We have lots of Candlelight Worship Services ranging from traditional to contemporary in two settings, the Sanctuary and the Family Life Center. Each service will consist of a range of Christmas songs and a message about the generosity of God.
Saturday, December 23 in the Family Life Center
5:30 p.m. (Contemporary – Family Life Center)*
Sunday, December 24 in the Sanctuary
12:00 p.m. (Traditional – Sanctuary)
2:00 p.m. (Traditional – Sanctuary)
4:00 p.m. (Traditional – Sanctuary)*
6:00 p.m. (Traditional – Sanctuary)*
8:00 p.m. (Contemporary – Sanctuary)
Sunday, December 24 in the Family Life Center
4:00 p.m. (Contemporary – Family Life Center)
* Livestream will be available during these services. Click here to access livestream.
Curious about what to wear? Everyone dresses according to what they enjoy to wear (Hopefully your uncle’s ugly Christmas sweater won’t make it to this year’s Christmas celebration. But if so, we will simply smile and wink at you with full understanding).
Food for the Hungry: This year, we are doing something a bit different, we are collecting items to give to the local food pantry. You are not required, but if you would like, please bring can goods, diapers and/or baby wipes with you.
Children - Yay!
We are excited for your children to be able to experience Christmas Eve at Gloria Dei.
What Christmas Eve service should children attend? Any of them! Even though the services vary from traditional to contemporary, they are all great for families, so please select the one that best fits into your family schedule.
Children can pick up an activity booklet and crayons before worship on a table in the Gathering Place and in the FLC. In lieu of candles, glow sticks will be available for your children.
Children 3 and under: We will provide a safe and loving place for your young children on Christmas Eve. Our nursery will be open for children ages 3 and under on Saturday from 5:15-6:45 p.m. and Sunday from 1:45 p.m.-7:15 p.m.
Cry Room: Outside the Sanctuary, we have a room designed especially for families with infants and small children. It is a great place to go if your child gets fussy or needs to eat. And you won’t miss anything because you will be able to see and hear what is happening in the Sanctuary.
We are located at 8301 Aurora Ave. in Urbandale, Iowa. (Corner of 86th and Aurora). Get directions