“But Mary treasured all these words and pondered them in her heart.” Luke 2. 19
At the heart of Christmas is an invitation to everyone to discover – or rediscover – the good news of God’s saving love as revealed in the birth of Jesus. It is also a challenge to each of us to ponder in our hearts – as Mary did – what the extraordinary events of the first Christmas might mean for us now and in the years ahead.
From Christmas Eve until Epiphany (6th January) there will be a series of stories and meditations which explore themes close to the heart of Christmas. These reflections are available via: email, audio, app or a booklet. To find out more, to download the app or to receive these daily messages into your in basket, please click here.
We have a number of activities and services planned for Advent and Christmas this year! We do hope you find them enjoyable and fulfilling.
There are three services at Christmas: the first is Sung Midnight Communion at 23:30, entering St Mary’s on Christmas Eve, to the sound of church bells ringing, we walk out into Christmas Day.
Then on Christmas Day itself, there is Holy Communion at 08:00 in St Leonard’s and Christmas Family Communion in St Mary’s at 10am, again with church bells ringing out.
The Sung Midnight Communion and Christmas Family Communion will also be livestreamed. Please click here to watch them.
Ongoing throughout Advent
The following events start on the first Sunday of Advent (28th November) and continue through until Christmas Day.
Christmas is an exciting time and means many things: time for our families,
carols, wonderful food, gifts, trees and decorations. For many of us, Christmas is also a time when we look back and often remember people who have died – people who have been a special part of our lives but are no longer with us.
The Tree of Remembering provides an opportunity for us to think about these special people.
Write their name on a tag or star and tie onto the tree, which you will find in the chancel of St Mary’s.
Reverse Advent Calendar
Fill a box in Advent for food and other critical commodities for Wallingford Food Bank.
The idea is simple – each day as you open your Advent Calendar in the run up to Christmas, add an item to a box as well. Shortly after Christmas, please bring the brimming boxes into St Mary’s Church and we will donate your gifts to the Wallingford Food Bank.
When thinking about items of food to donate, ideal items include canned foods, pasta, cereals, tea, coffee, chocolate and other Christmas treats etc. No fresh food please.
Click here to find our Advent challenge.
There are lots of things to make and do every day in this Advent challenge, suitable for all ages!
We’d love to see photographs of the things you make during Advent!