, Salem, MA

December 22, 2012

North Shore religion calendar

The Salem News

---- — Sunday, Dec. 23

Christmas Pageant, 10 a.m., Clifton Lutheran Church, 150 Humphrey St., Marblehead. Clifton Lutheran Church will hold a Christmas pageant celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ with children of the church playing the roles. Public is welcome. or 781-631-4379.

Winter Solstice Service, 4:30 p.m., Northshore Unitarian Universalist Church, 323 Locust St., Danvers. Outdoor procession by candlelight, drumming, the lighting of the Yule log, readings and songs, hot cider, and cookies. 978-774-7582 or

“Christmas Carols by Candlelight,” 7 p.m., St. John the Russian Orthodox Church, 16 Mount Pleasant Ave., Ipswich. Evening of singing traditional Christmas carols led by the parish choir in the candlelit historic church interior. Program includes illuminating the Christmas tree. A reception with holiday refreshments will follow. Free. Parking available in the rear of the church at 34 Lafayette Road. 978-380-6499 or

Annual Blue Christmas Service, 7 p.m., Tabernacle Congregational Church, UCC, 50 Washington St., Salem. Light candles, sing songs, and focus on the peace and love of Christmas. Handicapped-accessible. 978-744-3164 or

Tuesday, Dec. 25

Christmas Day at the J, 1 to 5 p.m., JCC of the North Shore, 4 Community Road, Marblehead. The JCC will be open for sports and gym games from 1 to 3 p.m., story and craft time at 1 p.m., family movies from 2 to 6 p.m., and family swim from 2 to 5 p.m. All are welcome. or 781-631-8330.

Sunday, Jan. 6

Festival of Christmas Lessons and Carols, 5 p.m., Christ the Redeemer Anglican Church, 188 Elliott St., Danvers. The choir will sing music of William Billings, Charles Callahan, John Joubert, Austin Lovelace, Alice Parker, John Weaver and others. The congregation will sing hymns of the season, and scripture lessons will be read by parishioners and clergy. Child care provided. Reception afterward. Free admission. 978-774-3163, ext. 353.

Wednesday, Jan. 9

Preschool Open House, 10 to 11 a.m., Temple Beth Shalom, 489 Lowell St., Peabody. Sign up for the 2013-2014 school year. 978-535-2100.

Saturday, Jan. 12

Saul Kaye Concert, 7 p.m., Congregation Shirat Hayam, 55 Atlantic Ave., Swampscott. Congregation Shirat Hayam presents a concert for all ages featuring blues musician Saul Kaye. $10/CSH members, $15/nonmembers, $8/students, $15/at the door. Tickets available at CSH or

Wednesday, Jan. 16

PJ Library Make and Take, 3:30 to 4:30 p.m., Cohen Hillel Academy, 6 Community Road, Marblehead. Free and open to 3- and 4-year-olds; children must be accompanied by an adult. Event includes stories, songs and a craft. 978-740-4404 or

Sunday, Jan. 27

“Faces of the Night,” 7 p.m., Temple Beth Shalom, 489 Lowell St., Peabody. Tenor Kevin Margolius and pianist David Sparr will perform Jewish music of danger, dreams and celebration. Wine, cheese and crackers served at 6:30 p.m. Dessert reception will follow the performance. $18/advance, $25/at the door, $10/students. Reserve a spot at