Christmas

#FollowTheStar

For many of us, Christmas brings up so many emotions, memories and expectations. We have one nativity story, but it can seem like we all have very different Christmases.

For you it might be a time of joy and togetherness. Or perhaps it’s all about planning and to-do lists. Many others can find it a sad and lonely time – nagged by the feeling that your Christmas is not like those ‘perfect’ ones we see in the media.

But just like the unexpected assortment of people who were invited to meet the baby Jesus, #FollowTheStar doesn’t ask you to be perfect. It says: come just as you are to take the life-changing Christmas journey.

Archbishops Justin Welby & John Sentamu

 

You are invited to join our Christmas 2019 Family Celebrations

Sunday 9th December

10.30am – Christingle Service
Lighting a ChristingleOur Christingle service is always a moving event for all ages, with each person making their “world” with an orange and sweets, and a candle showing Christ as the light.
The moment of lighting is always “the start of Christmas” for us!

Each element of a Christingle has a special meaning and helps to tell the Christian story:

  • the orange represents the world
  • the red ribbon (or tape) symbolises the love and blood of Christ
  • the sweets and dried fruit represent all of God’s creation
  • the lit candle represents Jesus’ light in the world; bringing hope to people living in darkness

 

Saturday 15th December

2pm Carols at Fremlin Walk

 

Sunday 16th December

Advent Crown9am Holy Communion & 10:30am Morning Praise
 
5:00pm – Carols by Candlelight
What a special event this is each year, as we hear familiar readings and sing our favourite carols, plus a few modern items to bring home the reality of Jesus for today. Everyone is welcome. The theme of this year’s service is “Greatest Treasure” and there will be refreshments available afterwards too.

 

Sunday 23rd December

10am – All-Age Service

 

Monday 24th December – Christmas Eve

Kidz Karolz4pm – Kidz Karolz
The shopping is done; the presents wrapped, and the turkey is out of the freezer, so what do we do with our excited youngsters on Christmas Eve?
Come along to Kidz Karols, as everyone joins in with the ‘scratch nativity’ which this year is called “The Greatest Journey.” Bring a long a costume, or get dressed up in one of ours when you arrive, with everyone welcome to take a part. It’s got a ‘pantomime’ feel, but an important message as we sing traditional carols (as well as modern ones written by our vicar) join in with the responses and generally have loads of fun!

11:15pm – ‘Midnight’ Communion
Together we see in Christmas Day with the traditional communion service.

 

Tuesday 25th December – Christmas Day

Nativity Set at the foot of the tree10am – All-Age Family Celebration & Communion
Join us on Christmas morning with the whole family to thank God for His gift to us.

 

Sunday 30th December

10am – Family (All-Age) service
6:30pm – Evening prayer

(Normal service times resume on Sunday 6th January)