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Virtual Beer & Carols 2020: Thursday 17th December, 8.00pm

The Virtual Beer & Carols Video will be broadcast on Thursday 17th December at 8.00pm. Click here to watch Beer & Carols on YouTube

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A great big welcome to our 2020 ‘Virtual’ Beer & Carols.  We can’t celebrate together in person this year, but we can still have a lot of fun and raise some money for a very deserving cause at the same time.

You’ll have to provide your own drinks, but we are creating a Beer & Carols video with all of your favourite carols to sing along to, introduced by Rev’d Will Gibbs and accompanied by David Beaman on keyboard. 

​The carols have been recorded by St Mary’s own virtual choir and congregation, and there are even a few solos here and there – look out for some familiar faces!

The evening is an opportunity to support our St Mary’s Charity of the Year ‘Pumps for Mpwapwa‘. Most of our planned fundraising events for 2020 have not been able to go ahead, so please do give generously to this excellent project.

So, you could meet up with friends virtually on Zoom, share the screen with the video playing, belt out the carols and descants together, then donate to our chosen charity when you’re finished.

Or you could stand on your doorsteps and do Beer & Carols with your neighbours, watching as the broadcast begins on YouTube.

Or just curl up on the sofa or get the family around the computer and raise the roof of your living room.

​Have fun!


Christmas Preparation Photos: Can you help?

Preparations are underway for our online Advent Carol Service and Christmas services. But we need your help!

To accompany the beautiful carols and anthems sung by our virtual choir, we would love to feature lots of photographs and videos of people from around the village making their preparations for Christmas.

Do you have any photos or videos which you could share with us, for example:

  • Stirring your Christmas pudding
  • Putting up and decorating your Christmas tree
  • Your nativity set / crib
  • Wrapping presents
  • Switching on Christmas lights
  • Or any other Christmas preparations you could share with us?

Your photos or videos don’t necessarily have to be from this year, if you haven’t started getting ready just yet!

Please note that by submitting a photo or video you are giving permission for it to be used in a St Mary’s online service broadcast on YouTube, and excerpts may be shown on our website and social media too.

Please let us have your photos as soon as possible, (by 23rd November for use in the Advent Carol Service, and no later than 14th December for use in our Christmas services).

You can submit photos and videos by clicking here:


Thank you so much! These will make our online Christmas services so special and personal.