Advent and Christmas 2017

(Posters showing details of the various Services leading up to Christmas can be found on our Special Services Coming Up page)

Advent Sunday

The most ancient and probably most neglected of seasons begins on 3 December. Advent also heralds the Christian New Year, and the cycle of readings changes to Liturgical Year B. At the Eucharist we will, for the most part, be following the Gospel according to Mark. Mark, the earliest and shortest gospel account, is punchy and to the point. It is supplemented by the other gospels, especially on high days and holidays.

At 10.15am our All Age Mass will be exploring the meaning and themes of the Advent season, in particular the idea of Christian waiting, of being watchful and alert, of looking for the coming Saviour. As many of us will be aware, these things are little known or valued within contemporary society, and it is vital, therefore, that we do all we can to make sure that as many as possible are exposed to the message, and put the Christmas season within in spiritual context. Please do come.

The Advent Procession

Our Advent Carol Service takes place on Sunday 3 December at 5.30pm. The service is held by candlelight and, as the title implies, the Procession moves around the building to various self-suggesting ‘stations’ or stopping points, to articulate some of the themes of the Advent season, and to recognise that Christ, the Light of the world, is the only answer to the darkness created by human sin and selfishness. The service also recognises that Christ has already come, that we are recalling events that have already taken place, and so the services takes place within sight of the Risen Lord, symbolised by the lit Paschal Candle. Refreshments will be served in the parish centre after the service.

Christmas Fayre

This annual community event takes place on Friday 8 December. Doors open at 7.00pm and there will be plenty of fun to be had till 9.00pm – download the poster here.

Christingle Service

Our annual service in aid of The Children’s Society takes place on Sunday 10 December at 4.00pm. The Children’s Society do invaluable work helping abused and vulnerable children. This is always and enjoyable and atmospheric opportunity to encourage the younger people of our parish to engage with the coming of Christ into the world, and what the amazing event of Christ’s birth means for them in their daily lives. Refreshments will be served afterwards. Evensong will be at 5.30pm in quire.

Kingsley Primary School

The only school in our parish will be holding their Carol Service in church on Monday 11 December from 5.30pm. The event is open to all.

David Ross Education Trust

Please note that the DRET Primary School Carol Service takes place at St Matthew’s on Tuesday 12 December at 6.30pm. The DRET Secondary Carol Service takes place in church on Monday 18 December at 2.00pm. In the evening at 7.00pm DRET students will be performing Benjamin Britten’s Ceremony of Carols with congregational carols. Please do support them if you can.

Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols

This evergreen, ever popular candlelit service takes place – earlier than usual this year due to Christmas Day being a Monday – on Sunday 17 December at 5.30pm. There will be a retiring collection, and refreshments will be served in the parish centre.

Pre-Christmas Confessions

Fr Nicholas will be available in the Lady Chapel at the following times: Wednesday 20 December from 10.30am, and Thursday 21 December from 6.00pm. Penitents are asked to come and go quietly via the north door, facing Collingwood Road, and wait in the middle of the nave well away from the Chapel. All others are respectfully asked to stay away from the church building at these times.

Carol Concert

Our choir will be presenting an informal evening of Christmas music and seasonal readings on Friday 22 December at 7.00pm entitled ‘Christmas Cheer!’ Download the poster here.

Advent 4

On Sunday 24 December, in the morning, we will be observing the Fourth Sunday of Advent. Christmas Eve begins in the afternoon.

Christmas Eve

Our parish Crib Service takes place at 4.00pm. There will be a simple, narrated nativity story and tableau. Children are invited to come dress at shepherds, angels and kings.

Midnight Mass and Blessing of the Crib begins at 11.30pm.

Christmas Day

Services will follow our Sunday pattern. There will be a procession at 10.15am, and Evening Prayer, according to the Book of Common Prayer, will be said at 5.30pm in from of the Crib. Entry will be via the main porch.

Parish Office Closed

Our Parish Administrator Kate Arch will be taking annual leave from Wednesday 27 December and be back on duty from Monday 8 January.

First Sunday of Christmas

Fr Alan Coles will be presiding and preaching at 9.00am and 10.15am on Sunday 31 December. Evening Prayer will be at 5.30pm.

New Year’s Day

The Parish Mass for the Most Holy Name of Jesus, otherwise known as the Naming and Circumcision of Christ, will take place at 10.15am. Worshippers are most warmly invited back to the vicarage afterwards for refreshments.


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