Christmas services and events at St Mary's
Christmas Comfort & Joy Giving Appeal
We're fundraising for a hope-filled Christmas at St Mary's, with a warm and welcoming, beautifully-decorated church, along with our usual Christmas Day lunch. Together, we can bring comfort and joy to our community this Christmas.
This year we will be using Arun Arora's book Stick With Love - Rejoicing in every tongue, every tribe, every nation as our advent study source, with sessions being led by Margaret Green LLM, Fr Andrew, and Fr Mike.
Join us on Mondays in December, at 2.30pm, in the Small Hall.
Christmas Services 2023
We continue to broadcast most of our services for people to view online at home, this will include our Midnight Mass and Christmas Day Eucharist. To join online, click this link for the live stream:
You may need to download free Zoom software.
Sunday, 3 December 2023, 10 am
First Sunday of Advent - Sung Eucharist
Led by Rev'd Sarah Van den driessche, and Fr Andrew Woodward will be preaching.
Sunday, 10 December 2023, 10 am
Second Sunday of Advent - Sung Eucharist
Led by Rev'd Jenny Morgans, who will also be preaching.
Sunday, 10 December 2023, 5 pm
St Mary's Carol Service
The Service of Nine Lessons and Carols is a beautiful, reflective service, and will be led by Rev'd Sarah Van den driessche. This year the choir of St Mary's will be accompanied by with John March on the organ. Traditional readings from the King James Bible and candles galore.
Sunday, 17 December 2023, 10 am
Third Sunday of Advent - Sung Eucharist
Fr Mike Fudger will be presiding, and Margaret Green LLM will be preaching.
Sunday, 24 December 2023, 10 am
Fourth Sunday of Advent - Sung Eucharist
Fr Martin Hume will be presiding and preaching
Sunday, 24 December 2023, 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.
Sunday, 24 December 2023, 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 and the church is warm - in all senses of the word - we promise! Fr Andrew will be presiding and giving the sermon.
Download the readings for this service
Monday, 25 December 2022, 10 am & online
Christmas Day - Said Eucharist & free Lunch
Finally, we have our Christmas Day Eucharist on Monday, 25 December, at 10 am. Rev'd Sarah Van den driessche will be presiding and preaching. Again, everyone is very welcome.
Download the readings for this service.
Following the service, at 12.30 pm, we will be welcoming people to the church for our Christmas Day lunch. If you would like to help with providing food or cooking a turkey, please get in touch here.
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