Friday December 19th: ‘When Christmas Hurts’.
Christmas is not a happy time for everyone; those who have been bereaved, or have suffered loss of employment, or who struggle with addictions are just a few of the people who find the season difficult. Our ‘When Christmas Hurts’ service is intended to help people find comfort and healing; it will be held on Friday December 19th at 7.30 p.m.
Sunday December 21st
9:00 a.m. Holy Communion
10:30 a.m. Carol Service and ‘Bring a Friend’: The Scripture readings tell the story of Christmas, starting from the Old Testament prophecies and then continuing with the Gospel stories of Jesus’ birth. In between these readings we sing carols – plenty of them! – so, if you like the carols of Christmas, this is the service for you. Some of the carols will be sung by everyone, some will be special performances by members of our congregation.
Wednesday December 24th (Christmas Eve):
4.00 p.m. Informal Holy Communion for Families. The first part of the service (readings, sermon, prayers of the people) will be simplified and adapted and will include an informal children’s play. We hope that families with young children will find this a good service to attend.
9.30 p.m. Holy Communion by Candlelight. The traditional late night service, lit for the first part by candlelight, with the carols and readings of Christmas – a thoroughly magical experience.
Thursday December 25th (Christmas Day):
10.00 a.m. Holy Communion. There is something very special about getting up on Christmas morning and making the celebration of Holy Communion the first main act of your Christmas Day. Put Jesus and his birth at the centre of your Christmas celebration as you join your fellow-Christians around the Lord’s Table.