Saugatuck church changes time for Christmas feast
Saugatuck Congregational Church, part of which was severely damaged by fire last month, has been forced to change the usual time of its Christmas Day community feast because of the alternate location, church officials announced this week.
The holiday gathering will be hosted by Christ & Holy Trinity Episcopal Church -- which also hosted Saugatuck's Thanksgiving community gathering -- but instead of the traditional afternoon start for the Dec. 25 event, it will begin at 11:30 a.m. A hospitality room for the gathering will open at 10:30 a.m. that day in Christ & Holy Trinity, 75 Church Lane.
In the aftermath of the Nov. 20 fire, Saugatuck church officials have had to arrange alternate sites for both regular worship services and special events.
The fire ravaged the rear of the Post Road East church complex, which housed offices, meeting rooms, a kitchen and nursery school. While the flames largely spared the 179-year-old sanctuary, it did suffer smoke and water damage.
The church's services have been taking place at Temple Israel, 14 Coleytown Road, and the synagogue will be the site of one of two services planned Christmas Eve, Dec. 24, as well as the Christmas Day service.
The first of the Saugatuck church's two Christmas Eve services will be at 5 p.m. in Temple Israel, featuring the family worship service and Christmas pageant.
The second Christmas Eve service, a Candlelight Lessons & Carols, will be held at 9 p.m. in the Easton Congregational Church, 336 Westport Road, Easton. The Easton church's sanctuary was model on that of Saugatuck church when it was built in 1835.
The Christmas Day service will be at 10 a.m. in Temple Israel.