Category Archives: Christmas

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.

Midnight Mass, The First Eucharist of Christmas: 11.30pm

11.30 pm,  The First Eucharist of Christmas

This service, often known as Midnight Mass, 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. 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.

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: