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Advent and Christmas at St Mary’s 2018

Download a list of our Advent and Christmas services

Here are a few highlights as we move towards, and keep, our celebration of Christmas:


Advent Carol Service

Sunday 2nd December, 6.30pm

Advent Sunday marks the start of a four week period of spiritual preparation as we ready ourselves to celebrate the great feast of Christmas. Our Advent Carol Service offers a lovely way to mark the start of this season. Through a sequence of bible readings and beautiful music sung by our choir, we will hear again the story of God’s people eagerly awaiting the coming of Jesus, waiting in darkness for the promised Christ-light to shine. As well as wonderful singing from our choir there will also be some of the great Advent hymns for us to sing and we follow the service with mulled wine.


Christingle

Sunday 9th December, 4.00pm

Come and join us for this ever popular and enjoyable service for people of all ages at this time of year. The ‘Christingle’, is a lighted candle mounted in an orange. These are given out in the service in exchange for donations made in envelopes or “purses” for the work of The Children’s Society. The Christingles are then lit, reminding us that Jesus is the light of the world and shines in the darkest parts of our world. Donations raised at our Christingle year after year enable The Children’s Society to work with thousands of children in this country who face life’s harshest challenges – children who may find themselves sleeping rough this winter; fleeing conflict and war; caught in a cycle of crime; or marginalised due to a disability. We are delighted to welcome children from our schools and uniformed groups in Redbourn to raise money for these needy children. Last year we raised over £600. With your support we could raise even more – do join us if you can.


The Lights of Love

Sunday 9th December, 6.30pm

Christmas can be a time when we’re all too aware of our bereavements and those we miss. We offer this reflective service as a chance to remember in prayer those we love but see no longer, those we’ll miss at Christmas. At the end of the service we process outside and light up our Lights of Love, festooned in a churchyard fir tree. These lights are sponsored in memory of loved ones whom we wish to remember at this time of year and envelopes, if you want to sponsor a light, can be found in our church now.


Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols

Sunday 16th December, 6.30pm

Another musical offering in the run up to Christmas is the lovely Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols. In this service we hear a sequence of bible readings interspersed with choir items and congregational carols for us all to sing – making this one of the quintessential services of the Christmas period and certainly one not to be missed. Many of the organisations and institutions in Redbourn are represented in the reading of the Lessons – it really is a carol service for everyone to enjoy, it’s free and no tickets are needed. Do come along and bring family, friends and neighbours.


Candlelit Crib Service

Monday 24th December, 3.30 pm and 4.30 pm

One of the highlights of Christmas is without doubt witnessing the enjoyment and excitement through young people and our Crib Service on Christmas Eve will be a delight for all children young, and not so young!   We invite all the children to come in costume, dressed up as characters from the Christmas story to play their part as we tell again the story of the First Christmas with singing and prayer. We gather at our Crib to witness the stable gradually filling with characters as they come to visit the baby Jesus lying in the manger.


Midnight Mass: The First Eucharist of Christmas

Monday 24th December, 11.30 pm

This service is an absolute gem and is really the first of the main Christmas services. We gather at 11.30 pm to celebrate the Christmas story of God coming among us in the birth of Jesus. This is a communion service with the blessing of our special crib, and includes lovely carols for us all to sing. Why not round off a lovely evening with family or friends, by coming along to join us for one of the most moving and wonderful services in the whole year? Whether you come to St Mary’s regularly or not – you can be assured of a very warm welcome – for you and your family and friends.


Christmas Day Services

Tuesday 25th December

8.00 am and 12 noon           Holy Communion

We offer three services on Christmas morning, the first and last of these are traditional Communion services using The Book of Common Prayer.

10.00 am                              All Age Eucharist

Our main service on Christmas morning is a Eucharist, where God’s people, young and old, gather together to celebrate the joy of Christmas. We have a candlelit procession, sing carols and offer a less formal sermon to suit all ages. Come and mark the true meaning of Christmas with us at St Mary’s this year. Following our 10.00am service, Will and Claire invite you to join them for a glass of sherry or other refreshments in the Transept, adjoining the Church.


Christmas Eve: Candlelit Crib Services, 3.30pm and 4.30pm

One of the highlights of Christmas is without doubt witnessing the enjoyment and excitement through young people and our Crib Service on Christmas Eve will be a delight for all children young, and not so young!

We invite all the children to come in costume, dressed up as characters from the Christmas story to play their part as we tell again the story of the First Christmas with singing and prayer.

We gather at our Crib to witness the stable gradually filling with characters as they come to visit the baby Jesus lying in the manger.

Christingle: Sunday 9th December, 4.00pm

Now in its 50th year, Christingle is a special, memorable celebration that takes place in thousands of churches and schools across the country.

The celebration is named after the Christingles that are lit during the service. Christingles are made from an orange decorated with red tape, sweets and a candle. With your help, Christingle raises vital funds for The Children’s Society to help children who are facing Christmas alone and are unable to cope.

Each element of a Christingle has a special meaning and helps to tell the Christian story.

For 50 years, the money raised from Christingle collections have helped The Childrens’ Society to support more than a million children and young people.

A further million are living with a range of serious issues in their lives, including violence, abuse, neglect and poverty. Many feel alone and have no one to turn to this Christmas. Can we help the Children’s Society support these vulnerable young people and work to ensure that they have their first Christmas full of hope and free from fear?

Here’s a tutorial from The Children’s Society on how to make a Christingle: