2017 Christmas services
Saturday 16 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)
Friday 22 December, 10 am
Animal nativity at St Paul’s (outside)
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
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
Letter from the rector
I heard a moving personal story the other day. Someone vividly described the last days of her adult sister’s life. At home, just before Christmas, her sister’s bedroom was an odd mix of festive decorations and medical equipment.
This is a picture of many of our lives. Our preparations to celebrate the birth of Jesus are in the context of the demands, struggles and pains of human existence. We see this all around us – locally and in distant places.
The truth about Jesus is that he is right in the middle of our human existence. He rejoices exuberantly with us in our celebrations. He also sits alongside our tears.
This year at St Paul’s during December we will have an Advent memory tree on which you’re invited to hang your messages of love for your loved ones who have died. Christmas reminds us of times past, and this memory tree may help us both to look back in thanksgiving and forward with hope.
I invite you most warmly to join us at any of our Christmas services.
May your Christmas celebrations be a blessing to you, your family and all with whom you share them.