Community Outreach Christmas Dinner, 6 p.m., St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, 4 Ocean St., Beverly. For anyone in need. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Free. To volunteer, donate warm clothing or provide musical entertainment, contact 978-948-3720 or email@example.com.
Monday, Dec. 17
Advent Adult Education Scripture Program, 7 to 8:30 p.m., Our Lady Star of the Sea Parish Hall, 80 Atlantic Ave., Marblehead. Will focus on Isaiah the prophet with speaker Steven Fahrig, pastoral associate of St. Bridget of South Boston and professor at St. John’s Seminary and Blessed John XXIII Seminary. www.staroftheseamarblehead.org.
Wednesday, Dec. 19
Blue Christmas Worship Service, 7 p.m., First United Methodist Church, 391 Bay Road, Hamilton. For those in need of comfort, healing, quiet and hope for the holy season. Special music offerings from A. Jorgelina Zeoli and the church choir, along with the candlelight singing of “Silent Night” by the congregation. 978-468-1256 or www.hamiltonumc.org.
“Advent Service of Healing/Blue Christmas,” 7 p.m., Maple Street Congregational Church chapel, 90 Maple St., Danvers. For people who find the holidays stressful or are having a difficult time because of grief. Service led by Pastor Kevin Smith and the Rev. Dr. Charles Gross. Music provided by the director of music, Kathy Gross, and assistant director of music, JiHye Jung. 978-774-4510.
Friday, Dec. 21
Handel’s “Messiah,” 8 p.m., First Parish Church, Unitarian Universalist, 225 Cabot St., Beverly. The 39th annual performance, presented by combined Beverly church choirs and guest singers and directed by Robert F. Littlefield and organist Frederick A. MacArthur. Free admission. 978-922-3968.
Sunday, Dec. 23
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 www.nsuu.org.
“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 firstname.lastname@example.org.