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Christmas Day falls on a Sunday this year, and most metro-area church leaders said their houses of worship will offer church services, though some activities may be streamlined.

“We won’t have Sunday school, but we will have worship,” said the Rev. Mark McAdow, senior pastor of First United Methodist Church of Oklahoma City.

“I think it’s a great day to worship the Lord on His celebrated birthday. I don’t think you can get any better than that.”

Nearly nine out of 10 Protestant senior pastors said their churches plan to hold services on Christmas Day, according to a recent survey from Nashville-based LifeWay Research, the research arm of the Southern Baptist Convention.

Leaders with the research group said that some megachurches may cancel worship when Christmas falls on a Sunday as they have in the past.

However, they said most churches see Christmastime as an important outreach opportunity to the community at large so worship on Sunday will continue as usual.

“Christmas is one of the busiest times of the year especially at churches, with many churches having extra Christmas Eve services and special programs,” said Scott McConnell, executive director of LifeWay Research. “If Christmas falls on Monday through Saturday, churches might be closed on Dec. 25 — but almost never on a Sunday.”

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