New Church Holds Candlelight Service

A woman lights her candle with a girl’s flame at Christ Church St. Louis on Sunday evening. (Photo by Steve Bowman)
Lead pastor Jud Brooks shares his thoughts about the Christmas story. (Photo by Steve Bowman)

A brand new congregation met in a familiar Brentwood church on Sunday night for their first Christmas gathering. Close to 100 people attended the candlelight service of Christ Church St. Louis at the 89-year-old Brentwood Congregational Church building on Brentwood Boulevard at Eulalie.

Christ Church holds a weekly service at 5 p.m. Sunday. They share the building with the Brentwood Congregational United Church of Christ, which meets on Sunday mornings.Christ Church’s lead pastor Jud Brooks said they started out at someone’s house in Richmond Heights and have been meeting in the historic church in Brentwood for 12 weeks.

The candlelight service was all about the Christmas story, in words and song. At the end, congregants held lit candles and sang “Silent Night.”

Christ Church meets at 2400 S. Brentwood Blvd. Its website is

Christ Church St. Louis has been meeting on Sunday evenings at the Brentwood Congregational Church building for 12 weeks. (Photo by Steve Bowman)
Music leader Scott Clayton (center) plays along with bassist Eric Brooks (left) and violinist Ross Christopher. (Photo by Steve Bowman)
Kristen Hiltner leads the singing of “Joy to the World.” (Photo by Steve Bowman)
Emily Bounds sings while playing the keyboard. (Photo by Steve Bowman)
Ross Christopher plays the violin along with the band. (Photo by Steve Bowman)
Mel Davis gathers children at the front of the church for story time. (Photo by Steve Bowman)
Christ Church’s worship band played throughout the service. Shown are worship leader Scott Clayton (center), drummer Scotty Bergt and bassist Eric Brooks. (Photo by Steve Bowman)
Lead pastor Jud Brooks lights the first three candles. (Photo by Steve Bowman)
Congregants pass the flame to one another. (Photo by Steve Bowman)
A woman holds a candle while the congregation sings “Silent Night.” (Photo by Steve Bowman)
Once all the candles were lit, the room glowed with the light. (Photo by Steve Bowman)

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