With Christmas day falling on a Sunday this year, most churches will open their doors for worship.
The last time December 25 landed on a Sunday, there was a lot of discussion on what churches should do. LifeWay Research decided to poll 1,000 Protestant pastors to find out if they will open their church doors on Christmas Sunday this year.
LifeWay’s executive director Scott McConnell says the results of the survey were encouraging.
"We asked pastors what are their plans,” he explains. “We found that nine out of ten Protestant churches plan to have services on Christmas Day and that seven out of ten Protestant churches plan to have services on Christmas Eve. And it turns out that 63 percent will have services on both Christmas Eve and Christmas Day."
McConnell tells OneNewsNow it makes sense that churches would be open on Christmas Sunday to celebrate the birth of the Savior.
"The coming of Jesus, the advent of Jesus is one of the greatest celebrations of hope that Christian churches observe,” he says. “And because of what Jesus Christ did here on the earth - paying the ransom for sin – is the reason Christian churches even have an existence, and so it's a very important time of celebration and it's a time that churches are not going to pass up."
The following Sunday is New Year's Day and 85 percent of senior pastors say their church will hold Sunday worship services on that day as well.