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Advent and Christmas 2018

(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 2 December. Advent also heralds the Christian New Year, and the cycle of readings changes to Liturgical Year C featuring particularly the Gospel according to Luke.

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 2 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.

The Real Advent Calendar is a nativity advent calendar – a fun way for parents, grandparents and Godparents to share the Christmas story. The 2018 calendar comes with a free 24-page Christmas story activity book designed to be used every day in Advent. This year, the book is illustrated by award winning artist Alida Massari. Behind each window there’s a line from the Christmas story with a colourful matching picture. All 25 chocolates are made from a high quality Fairtrade blend with 35% cocoa, are palm free, and foiled for freshness. The box and tray are completely recyclable, and with each purchase there’s a charitable donation. Each calendar costs £3.99. We would like to give one to each worshipping child on Advent Sunday, and we invite you to help defray this cost. If you are able to help with this, please contact Kate at the parish office. The Calendar will be given the children at the All Age Mass on Advent Sunday.

Follow The Star is a pocket-sized booklet published by the Church of England inviting you to travel in the footsteps of the Wise Men this Christmas to meet Jesus. It contains 14 daily reflections, one for each day from Christmas Eve throughout the 12 days of Christmas, ending with the Epiphany on 6 January. Each one includes a picture, a short Bible passage, a simple prayer and a challenge to reflect or act differently. Together, they form a journey through Jesus’ early life – a journey that will help you take the joy and wonder of Christmas into the year ahead. We would like to give one (priced £1.50) to families at the Crib Service on Christmas Eve. Once again, if you feel able to help reduce the cost to the parish please contact Kate Arch who will be ordering them. Thank you.

Carol Concert

Our choir will be presenting an informal evening of Christmas music and seasonal readings on Saturday 8 December at 7.00pm entitled ‘Christmas Cheer!’ Download the poster here.

Christingle Service

Our annual service in aid of The Children’s Society takes place on Sunday 9 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.

Christmas Fayre

This annual community event takes place on Friday 14 December. Doors open at 7.00pm and there will be plenty of fun to be had till 9.00pm – download the poster here.


Pre-Christmas Confessions

Please note that those wishing to make their confession before Christmas should do so at the following times:

Wednesday 19 December from 10.30am
Thursday 20 December from 10.30am

Fr Nicholas will be available at these times in the Lady Chapel. Penitents should come and go quietly via the north door, facing Collingwood Road, and wait in the body of the nave, well away from the Chapel, until the coast is clear. All others are respectfully asked not to enter the church building around these times.


Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols

This evergreen, ever popular candlelit service takes place on Sunday 23 December at 5.30pm. There will be a retiring collection, and refreshments will be served in the parish centre afterwards.

Crib Service

Our parish Crib Service takes place on Christmas Eve 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

We worship in the Birth of Jesus Christ on Christmas Eve at 11.30pm.


Christmas Day

Please note that services will be at the usual times of 9.00am, 10.15am and 5.30pm. There will be a procession at 10.15am, and Evening Prayer, according to the Book of Common Prayer, will be said in front of the Crib at 5.30pm. Entry is via the main porch.


Post Christmas

Please note that details of weekday services after Christmas Day will be advertised in the weekly notices.


New Year’s Day

On Tuesday 1 January 2019 we will be celebrating the feast of the Holy Name of Jesus. There will be a Parish Mass at 10.15am, and worshippers are warmly invited to the Vicarage afterwards for refreshments.



On the Feast of the Epiphany, Sunday 6 January, we welcome the Vice Dean of Peterborough, Canon Tim Alban Jones, as our preacher at the Parish Mass. Please note that the 9.00am service is cancelled.


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