Christmas Services 2017

Christmas is coming, the goose is getting fat....

We all know the old rhyme! There will be carols galore being sung in all corners of the village, but don't hide your light under a bushel, come and join us for the many services we have at this festive time! 

December begins with the Advent Carol Service - this service marks the beginning of the liturgical year and also the beginning of the 4 week period, known as Advent, leading up to the birth of Christ. The Advent Service will be held on Sunday December 3  at 6.00pm, with readings and carols reflecting the themes of anticipation and hope. The Service begins in darkness, but, as a chant is sung, candles are lit, gradually lighting the church and providing a welcome relief from the darkness. The carols focus on darkness coming into light, anticipation and hope. Do come and experience this wonderfully reflective service.

On Sunday December 17 we will be holding our Service of Nine Lessons and Carols. This is the musical climax of Christmas time at St Mary's and we can promise many of your favourite carols. This is a key annual event in the life of the village and the church is always packed to bursting with merry carollers. This service begins at 5.00pm and, if you are not carolled out, continues afterwards in the Queen's Head, accompanied by our musical maestro, Tony Hancock. Carol sheets will be provided and there is a rumour of mince pies....

Our Christingle and Crib Service caters especially for our children. This service is held on December 24 at 4.00pm. This is a lively, noisy and busy service! It is very popular, so come early to get a seat. During the service the children gather the Nativity figures from around the Church and place them in the stable. At this service everyone receives a Christingle, which is a symbolic object used to celebrate Jesus Christ as the 'Light of the World'.

Midnight Mass on December 24 will begin at 11.00pm. This is the first Mass of Christmas and we celebrate the birth of our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ. On Christmas Day itself, the service will begin at 10.00am.  These services should need no further explanation! Please put all these dates in your diary and come along to share the joys of Christmas in our beautiful 11th century church.