Christmas services and events at St Mary's
Christmas Comfort & Joy Giving Appeal
Thank you to everyone who has given so generously to our Christmas Appeal. We've raised over £2000 so far. That's magnificent! We're fundraising for a hope-filled Christmas at St Mary's, with gifts for local people who are shielding or isolated, a takeaway festive lunch on Christmas Day - and a warm and welcoming, beautifully-decorated church. Together, we can bring comfort and joy to our community. Please help if you able to.
Click here to see our JustGiving appeal page.
Christmas Services 2020
Inevitably Christmas is going to be different at St Mary's this year - but it will still be a very special time. We hope to hold most of our usual Christmas services, listed below, but we may have to change things at the last minute. So please do keep checking back on this page for the latest information about dates and times.
We will also be broadcasting our services for people to view online at home. To join online, click this link for the live stream:
You may need to download free Zoom software.
To follow the service by phone, call 020 80806591 and, when prompted, key in:
Meeting ID: 981 5467 9178 / Password: 254560
Sunday, 13 December 2020, 5 pm
St Mary's Carol Service
The Service of Nine Lessons and Carols is a beautiful, reflective service. This year the choir of St Mary's will be joined again by our friends from the Ovingdean Choral Society, conducted by Gregory Moore, with Andrew Beaizley on the organ. Traditional readings from the King James Bible and candles galore. Sadly no singing for the congregation. If you would like to attend, it would help if you could email us in advance telling us the number of people in your household group.
Sunday, 20 December 2020, 10 am
Fourth Sunday of Advent - Sung Eucharist
Our normal Parish Eucharist on the Fourth Sunday of Advent, with beautiful organ music, even though we shan't be able to sing ourselves.
Thursday, 24 December 2020, 3 pm
Christmas Eve - Crib Service
A beautiful, accessible service especially for little children, with the crib, a stupendous tree, a sparkly reindeer and lots and lots of candles. Rather nice for older people too! Children are welcome to come in costume. We can always accommodate more shepherds, donkeys and angels - or whatever takes your little one's fancy.
Thursday, 24 December 2020, 11.15 pm & online
Christmas Eve - Midnight Mass of the Nativity
The Midnight Mass of the Nativity is for many people the highlight of the Christmas calendar. If you're someone who only goes to church once a year, we would love to see you. We will welcome as many people as we safely can to this very special service. And the church is warm - in all senses of the word - we promise!
Download the readings for this service
Friday, 25 December 2020, 10 am & online
Christmas Day - Said Eucharist & Take-Out Lunch
Finally, we have our Christmas Day Eucharist on Tuesday, 25 December, at 10 am. Again, everyone is very welcome.
Download the readings for this service.
Following the service, at 12 noon, we will be distributing a festive take-out lunch from the church hall for people who would normally join us in the church for our Christmas Day lunch. If you would like to help with providing food, cooking a turkey, or possibly making deliveries, please get in touch here.
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