What's on at Advent and Christmas

​Come and join us for our Advent events...
​... and stay for Christmas!

Across our three churches, we have a variety of special events and services planned for Advent and the Christmas season.  We invite you to join us at one or more of the following.

Advent Window

Like the Advent Calendars that we open at home, starting on the first day of December and going through to Christmas Eve, each day a new window will be "opened" (lit) at St Mark's Church

... and Angels and Christmas Wreaths

If you see one of our St. Mark's Angels or Christmas Wreaths  in and around Whitehills and Spring Park, take them home.  You may also want to take one and pass them on to a friend, neighbour or family member.  They come with our love and best wishes for a joyful and happy Christmas.

Christmas Tree Festival

We invite you to come and see our historic St. John the Baptist church decorated with dozens of beautifully and imaginatively decorated christmas trees.  As well as the Christmas Trees there will be Nativity Scenes on display, the trees will be judged and refreshments will be available.

Opening times: Saturday 7th December 2019       10 am - 4 pm                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Sunday 8th December 2019          1 - 4 pm

Admission:            Adults  £2             Children    free

Refreshments will be served in the Chapter House

 

 

Carol Services

All three of our churches will be holding one or more carol services in the lead up to Christmas.

​St. David church - Eastern Avenue South, NN2 7QB

Saturday 14th December 2019 at 6 pm                                       

Community Carols and party
Singing carols out of doors is part of our Christmas tradition.  We will begin on the green opposite the church at the top of Kingsland Avenue.  Followed by a Christmas Party from 5 - 8 pm

St. John the Baptist church - The Green, NN2 6QD

Sunday 8th December 2019, 6 pm
Carols on the Green

Singing of carols out of doors is part of our Christmas tradition.  We gather on the village green to add our voices to those of our church choir as we sing traditional Christmas carols.  Followed by mince pies and mulled wine.

Sunday ​ 22nd December 2019, 6pm
​Nine Lessons and Carols
A traditional service of well-known Christmas carols and Bible readings telling the story of Jesus' birth, with the singing led by our church choir.  Followed by refreshments.

 

St. Mark church - St. Mark's Crescent, NN2 8EG

​Sunday 15th December 2019 4pm
​Carols on the Green

​Singing carols out of doors is part of our Christmas tradition.  We will gather outside of the church on St. Mark's Crescent to sing carols and listen to a pipe band.  Followed by refreshments.

 

Crib & Christingle Services

All three of our churches will be holding a crib and/or christingle service in the lead up to Christmas.  These services are particularly geared for children and families, and are very popular.  There is a magical moment when the candles are lit and the electric lights go out, and a carol is sung by candlelight.

​Tuesday 24th December 2019
Christmas Eve

​St David Church - 2.30 pm  Crib Service                                                                       St. John the Baptist church - 5pm Christingle and Crib Service
​St. Mark church - 4pm Christingle service

Come and listen to the story of Jesus, the light in the darkness, and join in with the singing of some well-known carols.

 

Christmas Eve & Christmas Day

All three of our churches will start their Christmas day celebrations with a traditional Midnight Mass service and welcome families of all ages on Christmas Day morning at 10am.

​Tuesday 24th December 2019
Midnight Mass start times

St. David church - 11pm
​St. John the Baptist church - 11.30pm

Join us at one of our late night services, and celebrate Christmas Day as it begins.  Enjoy singing Christmas carols, hear again of the birth of Jesus, and take time to reflect on what Christmas - and indeed life - is all about.

Wednesday 25 December 2019
​Christmas Day

St. David church - 10am Family Service
​St. John the Baptist church - 10am Family Eucharist
​St. Mark church - 10am Family Communion

Join us at one of our churches for a short, relaxed and family-orientated service of Holy Communion.  Get out of the house, take time on Christmas morning to sing carols, hear Christmas readings and thank God for Jesus.

Glory to God in the highest heaven,
​and on earth peace among those whom he favours!
Luke 2:14 (NRSV)