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.
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:
A beautiful sequence of bible readings interspersed with choir carols and congregational singing for all to enjoy.
Our second 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 beautiful festive music from the choir 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 join us.