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 Windows

Like the Advent Calendars that we open at home, the windows will be "opened" (lit) at St Mark's Church during December.

Follow the Star rocks

Can you find one of our star rocks?  Thoughout December we will be hiding them across Whitehills.  They are yours to keep!

Teddy's Christmas Trail

Follow Teddy's Christmas Trail at St Mark's Church from Sunday 5th December.    Teddy has been busy getting ready for Christmas.  There will be 12 pictures around the outside of St Mark's Church and St Mark's Crescent from 5th December.  These pictures will answer the questions about what Teddy has been up to. The questions can be downloaded using this LINK or Facebook page using this LINK or you can use your phone to take a photo of the list that will appear on the noticeboard outside the church.  

Memorial Tree

From 12th December we invite you to stop at our outdoor tree,  at St Mark's Church, and tie a ribbon or add a decoration in remembrance for someone you are not able to be with this Christmas.  There is a box of ribbons for you to use but you are welcome to add your own decoration


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 4th December  10 am - 6 pm                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Sunday 5th December       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 18th December - 4 pm in church.


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

Sunday 5th December -   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 ​ 19th December 2021, 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. 


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

​Sunday 19th December - 4 pm
​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.

​Friday 24th December 2021
Christmas Eve

​St David Church - 2  pm  Crib Service                                                                                                        

St. John the Baptist church - 5pm Christingle and Crib Service

​St. Marks church - 4pm Christingle service - St Mark's service will be a ticketed event and numbers are limited - follow this LINK or find the details on our Facebook page.(St Mark's Whitehills).

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.

​Friday 24th December 2021

Midnight Mass 
​St. John the Baptist church - 11.30pm

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 a

Saturday 25th December 2021
​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)