Christmas 2021

The pandemic has caused many people to ask deep questions about life, death, society, themselves and their relationships. Our churches are safe spaces to explore such questions with others or in silent contemplation.

Both churches are open during the day for private prayer or thought and you would be very welcome to come to any of our Christmas services listed below. We are inclusive, welcoming all.

At Christmas we celebrate the coming of God in the person of Jesus into the complexity and messiness of our world. Jesus comes to show that God loves us with inexhaustible, unbreakable love.

We wish you joy and peace this Christmas.

Sunday 12 December
5 pm Christingle service at St Paul’s in aid of the Children’s Society

Saturday 18 December
* 4 pm Carol service at St Paul’s (not suitable for babies and young children) followed by mince pies and mulled wine

Tuesday 21 December
10 am Animal nativity at St Paul’s (outside) followed by crafts and hot chocolate

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 animals
11.30 pm Midnight Eucharist at St Paul’s

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

These plans are subject to the Covid situation. Booking will be necessary for the services marked with an asterisk.
St Paul’s: christmas@stmatthewstpaul.org
St Matthew’s: admin@stmatthewstpaul.org

Christmas carol services filmed at St Paul’s in 2013 and 2015 are still available to view

 

In the lonely places

In the lonely places
The wilderness
Where we stand forlorn
Windswept and alone
Your voice calls out
Prepare a way for the Lord
In the dark places
The shadows
Where we hide our fears
Embrace our tears
Your voice calls out
Prepare a way for the Lord

A mystery so beautiful

May this eternal truth be always on our hearts
That the God who breathed this world into being
Placed stars into the heavens
And designed a butterfly’s wing
Is the God who entrusted his life
to the care of ordinary people
became vulnerable that we might know
how strong is the power of Love
A mystery so deep it is impossible to grasp
A mystery so beautiful it is impossible to ignore

Prayers copyright © John Birch, 2016, from https://www.faithandworship.com/. Used with permission.

Flight into Egypt, woodcut by Nick Page, 2021