We had some issues during the first half of our Carol Service for All Ages on Sunday 18 December at 10.30. A complete version is now available on YouTube. A beautiful service with contributions from all ages – not to be missed!
Why not use our Pause for Advent reflections during the quieter days after Christmas? They tell the “prequel” of Christmas.
No 9am service
10.30am: Family Service with Holy Communion at St Mary’s and live on YouTube
We will be reflecting on the story of the 12-year old Jesus in the Temple and how we can nurture children to have a vibrant, lasting faith.
No need to sign up to come to St Mary’s.
Join us on Youtube…
PLEASE NOTE: ALFRESCO CAROLS WILL BE AT ST MARY’S ONLY, NOT ON YOUTUBE.
Alfresco Carols replaces our Crib Service.
SUNDAY, 19TH DECEMBER, 6.30pm (and then available to stream afterwards)
Celebrate Christmas with this traditional service of Nine Lessons and Carols from a candle-lit St Mary’s Church. With a wide variety of musical contributions.
SUNDAY 19 DECEMBER, 4.00 PM (and then available to stream afterwards)
Celebrate Christmas with readings and carols that retell the miracle of Jesus’ birth. With a wide variety of musical contributions from all ages.
Click here to download the service sheet as a PDF…
We shouldn’t be taken aback that Christ is being airbrished out of Christmas, says James Mildred. But the future of Christianity is God’s business. Ours is to share the good news and show the love of Jesus.
Here is a short excerpt from the article. Read the full article here…
A few years ago, a survey showed that less than one per cent of Christmas cards had religious themes. While stores displayed hundreds of different options, only a handful featured the traditional Christian nativity. Morrisons was the worst offender. Second worst was Tesco.
This year, Marks and Spencer have caused anger with their Percy Pig-themed charity Christmas cards and money wallets, which replaced the world ‘Christmas’ with ‘Pigmas’. Author Laura Jansson took to Twitter to complain, asking whether M&S would replace the name of another religion’s prophet with ‘pig’ for a laugh.
If you were to ask me whether I think Christmas is being airbrushed of any actual Christian content, I’d say yes! But why should we be surprised by that? It’s simply a reflection of where we are as a society. We’re now swimming in very dark waters. God’s word tells us that when a society gives up on God, as an act of judgement, God gives it over “to do what should not be done” (Romans 1:28).
Thankfully, the future of Christianity does not rest on inaccurate portrayals of ‘traditional’ nativity scenes on Christmas cards that are often more the product of human imagination than fact. The future of Christianity is, ultimately, God’s business. It is far better that we get on with proclaiming the good news, being salt and light and demonstrating the love of Christ in a whole variety of ways – and do so with profound thankfulness that for all the pressures, we are still remarkably free to preach Christ.
Do you know someone who is not online?
Help them to stay connected:
They can listen to our community carol service on their phone by dialling local number: 01895 714013.
Do they have a DVD Player? Send an email to our Rector with their postal address and we will send them a DVD of the service free of charge.
Tomorrow, Monday 28th December, we are remembering the “Holy Innocents” – the darkest part of the Christmas story. Watch a powerful film based on those events. Thank you to Stephen and Alison Barrett for sharing this link; their son Matthew Barrett is the executive producer. (12 minutes)
NOTE: This film may not be suitable for younger children as it contains images of war and violence. Please watch the film first without children.