Christmas is the wonderful season of the year when we celebrate the birth of Jesus.

As you can imagine, there are many special services and activities going on from Advent Sunday at the beginning of December to Candlemas at the beginning of February – Christmas doesn’t end when you pack away the tinsel on Twelfth Night!

We do hope you’ll want to come and join us during this special time.

Advent - the start of the new church year

Advent Sunday

Advent Sunday is the first day of the Church’s year. This year it falls on Sunday 3 December and goes on until Christmas Eve.

At the morning services we will bless the crib in church. If you would like your own crib to be blessed before you put it up at home, please bring it to one of the morning services.

Christmas Tree Festival 2 December - 3 January

Christmas Tree Festival: 2 December – 3 January (9.30am – 4.30pm)

Come and see the trees which have been decorated by organisations and individuals in our community.

Admission is free although donations to St Mary’s Church will be welcome. Refreshments will be available at the weekends.

Christmas carols - a great way to start feeling festive

Carol Service

The traditional Nine Lessons and Carols will be held on Sunday 17 December at 6.00pm.

Come and sing your favourite carols, then join us for mulled wine and mince pies in the Church Centre.

Crib Service on Christmas Eve

Christingle and Crib Service

The Christingle and Crib Service takes place on Christmas Eve at 3.30pm.

Children are encouraged to come dressed as a shepherd, sheep or angel for this simple, child-friendly service.

We tell the Christmas story and sing our favourite carols. The service ends with all the children gathered at the front of the church to create a Christmas tableau.

Christmas Eve and Christmas Day at St Mary's

Christmas Eve: 24 December

  • Crib Service at 3.30pm
  • Midnight Mass at 11.15pm

Christmas Day: 25 December

  • Holy Communion (said) at 8.00am
  • Family Communion (with music) at 10.00am
Christmas tree of prayer

Christmas Tree of Prayer

Our Christmas Tree of Prayer is a beautiful and poignant feature of Christmas at St Mary’s.

The decorations on this special tree are the stars that shine as lights of hope bearing names of family, friends or situations of which we are thinking at this time.

The tree will be in Church until 6 January 2023 and you are warmly invited to visit and dedicate a star. Feel free to spread the word about this lovely tree of prayer and hope.