We start on Advent Sunday, 1st Dec 6.30pm in St Mary’s, with the Advent Carol Service, which emphasises the Advent theme of light in darkness, hope in despair, and a new relationship with God in Christ.
On Sunday 8th December at 4pm, we are holding a Christingle Service in St Mary’s. All children are welcome…bring your own Christingle…see information sheet inside St Mary’s, near the TV screen, for instructions on how to make a Christingle.
Our traditional Service of Lessons & Carols on Sun 22nd Dec in St Mary’s will include the story of the fall of humanity, the promise of the Messiah and the birth of Jesus, told in nine short Bible readings from Genesis, the prophetic books and the Gospels, interspersed with the singing of Christmas Carols, hymns and choir music.
Our two Crib Services on Christmas Eve, Tues 24th Dec, are aimed at children and their parents or carers, telling the Christmas story, dressing the church crib scene and singing children’s carols; a warm and friendly way to start Christmas! All are welcome, you don’t have to bring a child!
Then we arrive at Christmas Day and we have three services to offer. The first is Sung Midnight Communion, entering St Mary’s on the 24th Dec, we walk out into Christmas Day. Then on 25th Dec there is Holy Communion at 8am in St Leonard’s and a Christmas Family Communion in St Mary’s at 10am.
In preparation for Christmas we will be holding Advent Compline at St Mary’s. The service will take place at 18:30 on Wednesdays 4th, 11th and 18th Dec and will be based on the book ‘Wake up to Advent!’ by the Archbishop of York. Basing his reflections on the readings and prayers in the Book of Common Prayer, Archbishop Sentamu offers fresh spiritual food for the Advent journey. The services will last around 30 minutes. All are welcome to attend what should be a thought provoking and helpful preparation for Christmas.