Our Christmas Services
The Nativity Service
18th December - Sunday 10 am
This is during our main service on a Sunday where our Junior Church help tell us the story of the nativity. If you child wants to be involved in the nativity play then come to church on the weeks we are rehearsing the nativity play. Check our the Junior Church page to see the dates.
Carols by Candle Light
20th December - Tuesday 7 pm
This is a beautifully moving service where the church is illuminated by candles as we sing carols and reflect on the meaning of Christmas.
Nine Lessons and Carols
22th December - Thursday 7 pm
Nine Lessons and Carols is a service of Christian worship traditionally celebrated on or near Christmas Eve. The story of the fall of humanity, the promise of the Messiah, and the birth of Jesus is told in nine short Bible readings or lessons from Genesis, the prophetic books and the Gospels, interspersed with the singing of Christmas carols, hymns and choir anthems.
The Nine Lessons
First Lesson from Genesis 3: 8–15; 17–19
God tells sinful Adam that he has lost the life of Paradise and that his seed will bruise the serpent’s head.
Second Lesson from Genesis 22: 15–18
God promises to faithful Abraham that in his seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed.
Third Lesson from Isaiah 9: 2; 6–7
The prophet foretells the coming of the Saviour.
Fourth Lesson from Isaiah 11: 1–3a; 4a; 6–9
The peace that Christ will bring is foreshown.
Fifth Lesson from the Gospel of Luke 1: 26–35; 38
The angel Gabriel salutes the Blessed Virgin Mary.
Sixth Lesson from Luke 2: 1; 3–7
St Luke tells of the birth of Jesus.
Seventh Lesson from Luke 2: 8–16
The shepherds go to the manger.
Eighth Lesson from the Gospel of Matthew 2: 1–12
The wise men are led by the star to Jesus.
Ninth Lesson from the Gospel of John 1: 1–14
St John unfolds the great mystery of the Incarnation.
Some of the carols we might sing are:
Once in Royal David's City
Ding Dong Merrily on High
O Come O Come Emmanuel
It Came upon a Midnight Clear
In the Bleak Midwinter
O Little Town of Bethlehem
God rest ye merry gentlemen
Away in a manager
O Come, All ye Faithful
Hark the Herald Angels Sing
24th December - Saturday 3 pm
Our Christingle is a joint service with Walsgrave Baptist Church and it is a perfect family Christmas time together.
During the service, each person takes a Christingle and the candles are all lit to create a warm, magical glow symbolising the light of Christ and bringing hope to people living in darkness.
Christingles are made using oranges and a few other bits, as you choose. You light the candle at the end of a service to spread a magical glow around everyone.
Each element of a Christingle has a special meaning and helps to tell the Christian story:
The orange represents the world
The red ribbon (or tape) symbolises the love of Christ
The sweets and dried fruit represent all of God’s creations and gifts
The lit candle represents Jesus’s light in the world, bringing hope to people living in darkness.
Here are some details about how our service works:
DETAILS TO FOLLOW