Advent and Christmas Services 2020

We are delighted to be able to offer a different journey though Advent and Christmas this year.  Towards the end of a year which has made grateful for all we have, and has found us ever more mindful of Christ’s commandment to us to ‘love our neighbour’, we approach Christmas more willing to give than receive.

Please find below our Advent, Nativity and Christmas season.

As we live through Lockdown 2.0 and beyond, we hope that our plans can be possible.  However, because of the obvious uncertainties, please do frequently visit this page to pick up and changes to the services and dates.

The Sundays of Advent and Christmas

Sunday 29th November is Advent Sunday.  We remain in lock-down, so there will be a live streamed service only that day at 10:00am.

From Sunday 6th December we shall return from lockdown to public worship (in theory).  On that Sunday, and for 13th and 20th December there will be 8am and a 10am public services as normal, with live streaming for the 10:00am.  On 27th December there will be only the 10am service.

Children and Families

Also on 6th December the Families@4 team will be hosting a special extended afternoon session with the aim of making nice Christmas crafts that can find their way as gifts to the elderly and housebound who can’t easily make it out to services.  There will also be a lovely Christmas film show in St Bart’s for the children and families afterwards.

There will be a home-based Christingle service over Zoom on the afternoon of 20th December.  Booking-on will be required.  More details to follow.

A costume nativity drama will be also pre-recorded for children and families, in place of the Christmas Eve afternoon crib services.  The nativity can be watched online from 10:00am on Christmas Eve.

Advent Services and Christmas Carols

For 13th December the traditional choral service of Darkness to Light will be once again run in St Bartholomew’s from 6:00pm.  This is a lovely atmospheric Advent service of the ‘O Antiphons’, sometimes known as the ‘Great Os of Advent’.  The antiphons are of ancient monastic origins, which recite the names and attributes of Christ.  Booking-on will be required.  More details to follow.

We plan to pre-record a shortened carol service, which is then made available online for Sunday 20th December. 

Christmas Day

Finally, by the time we get to Christmas Day I am pleased to say that we can still gathering for the Midnight and Christmas Day services according to the timings from 2019.

9:30am at St Bartholomew’s and 11:00am at St Christopher’s.  A number restrictions will apply, so please ensure you book on.