Sunday December 15th, 6pm, followed by refreshments.
This is a traditional ‘festival of lessons and carols’ – readings from the Bible which tell of the promise of the Messiah through to the birth of Jesus, interspersed with carols which accompany each passage. Our prayers at the end are for those who are also homeless or refugees, remembering the Holy family’s start in a stable and escape to Egypt.
Perhaps not quite as grand as Kings College, Cambridge, but the church is full (doors open 5.40pm) and we sing by candlelight. The church waits in darkness for the light to be passed through the congregation as the choir enter singing Once in Royal David’s City. There are many services where our style is informal and relaxed, but at Christmas we play to tradition. Come along and hear again the hope and fulfillment that Christmas brings.
All are welcome, but a note to families – this is quite a ‘grown-up’ service, to which children are welcome, giving them an opportunity to sense the mystery and awe of gathering together in this beautiful tradition of words and music, but if you want to hear the Christmas story specifically set for them, look for our daytime services at the Christmas weekend.
Doors open 5.40pm. Please be conscious of our neighbours if parking, as this service is usually full to capacity. Refreshments are available after the service, and then the choir and a few others head for the Vigilant, to join the second half of the carols there.