2018 Christmas services

Sunday 9 December, 5 pm
Christingle service at St Paul’s in aid of the Children’s Society

Saturday 15 December, 6.30 pm
Christmas carol service at St Paul’s followed by mulled wine and mince pies (this service is not suitable for babies and young children)

Saturday 22 December, 10 am
Animal nativity at St Paul’s (outside), followed by hot chocolate and craft activities

Christmas Eve
3 for 3.30 pm Nativity service at St Paul’s (children are invited to come dressed as angels, shepherds, wise people or stable animals)
11.30 pm Midnight Eucharist at St Paul’s

Christmas Day
8 am Holy Communion at St Matthew’s
9.30 am Family Communion at St Paul’s
11.15 am Holy Communion with carols at St Matthew’s

 

An Advent prayer

 

Letter from the rector

 

Recent news has raised awareness of increasing levels of loneliness that many people feel, and that can affect us whatever age we are. Loneliness, alongside being homeless, is a form of poverty. No amount of wealth can buy the sort of relationship with other people that we all wish for. Part of what your local church can do is provide a space that belongs to everyone. Our services are opportunities to be with people in a genuinely welcoming and non-threatening way.

We want to make St Paul’s an increasingly useful community hub. A huge thank you to all who responded generously to our summer fund-raising appeal. Offering and receiving of gifts can be joyful and liberating.

After my elderly father’s recent funeral I found myself thinking: I’m so glad I belong to something that is bigger than my family. I was aware first of the many people who had been so kind to us in those tough days. And then I realised how strengthening it was to be able to put my life in the context of God’s loving purposes.

May your Christmas celebrations be a blessing to you, your family and all with whom you share them.