The holiday spirit is fully upon us in Shreveport and Bossier City. Thankfully, there are plenty of churches in the area where you can celebrate the true meaning of Christmas. Here are a few of the church services offered in Shreveport and Bossier City to help meet your worship needs this holiday season.

As we have frantically visited the stores for those last minute purchases and fussed at the Christmas lights we have hung upon the rooftops or the trees we have put up inside our homes, we tend to become a little overwhelmed by the shopping aspect of the holiday.

We curse the flocks of people that have gotten in our way fighting for the items left on the shelves, and complain about the lack of checkers in the lines of the stores. It's true -- we have all done and said a few things we shouldn't have in haste this season, and we find ourselves in need of worship to cleanse our hearts and minds.

So now we must restore ourselves to being civilized Christians and remember 'The Reason for the Season.'

Holy Trinity Catholic Church -- 315 Marshall Street, Downtown Shreveport

Mass Services Christmas Eve @ 4:15 p.m., Christmas Carols begin at 11:30 p.m. followed by Midnight Mass

Bellaire Baptist Church -- 4330 Panther Drive, Bossier City

Candlelight Christmas Eve service @ 5:30 p.m. and Christmas Morning services @ 8:15 for the Traditional Service, 9:30 and 10:45 for the more Contemporary Services.

Broadmoor Baptist Church -- 4110 Youree Drive, Shreveport

Candlelight Services will be held at the main worship center at 4 and 5:30 p.m. on Christmas Eve. 

Broadmoor United Methodist Church -- 3715 Youree Drive, Shreveport

Candlelight/Communion services will be held at 5 and 7 p.m. and another service at 11 p.m on Christmas Eve. There will also be a service held at The River @ 5 p.m. which will be a more contemporary service.

First United Methodist Church -- 500 Common Street, Downtown Shreveport

Christmas Eve services to be held at 3 p.m.(Contemporary), 5:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. (Traditional services).

First United Methodist Church of Bossier City -- 201 John Wesley Blvd., Bossier City

Candlelight/Communion services will be held on Christmas Eve at 5 and 7 p.m. in the main sanctuary.

Barksdale Baptist Church -- 1714 Jimmie Davis Highway, Bossier City

Candlight Christmas Eve services to be held at 5:30 p.m.

Gateway Church -- 8925 Youree Drive, Shreveport

A Christmas Eve service will be held at 5 p.m., and a Christmas morning musical service will be held at 10:15 a.m.

St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church -- 522 East Flournoy Lucas Road, Shreveport

Christmas Eve mass will be held at 4, 6 and 10 p.m., with Christmas Day mass scheduled for 9:30 a.m.

St. Mark's Cathedral -- 908 Rutherford Street, Shreveport

Four different events are scheduled for Christmas Eve: a Children’s Christmas Eucharist & Nativity Pageant at 3 p.m.; the Festival Holy Eucharist at 5:30 p.m.; Preludial Music at 10:30 p.m.; and midnight mass at 11 p.m. On Christmas Day, the Holy Eucharist will be offered at 10 a.m.

St. Joseph Catholic Church -- 204 Patton Ave., Shreveport

Christmas Eve Mass services will be held at 4 p.m., 6:30 p.m. and midnight. Christmas Day morning service will be held at 10 a.m.

First Baptist Bossier -- 2810 E. Texas Street, Bossier, next to Pierre-Bossier Mall

Christmas worship services will be Christmas Eve @ 6 p.m. at the FB Worship Center. New Year's Eve 'Come & Go Lord's Supper services will be from 6-8 p.m. at the FB Worship Center also.

The Contemporary services are more modern and relaxed and may be the more advisable choice if you have children. There are a great selection of services out there this year and many more that are not mentioned here, but wherever you worship this year, please be safe and have a very Merry Christmas.