Christmas Services 2019
Here’s a summary of the Christmas services at St Mark’s this year – Hope to see you at some of them!
Sunday 16th December 10.00am Holy Communion (said)
Sunday 22nd December 10.45am Scratch Nativity
Everyone who would like to can come dressed as any character from the nativity (your choices are Angel, Mary, Joseph, Star, Shepherd, Wise man, Donkey, other animals), and we can all join in with the story. The pathfinders will be narrating the story for us and the travellers will be helping to guide us all.
Sunday 22nd December 6.30pm Service of Lessons and Carols
This is a traditional candlelit service with seven readings from the Old Testament and New Testament as we hear Jesus’ birth being foretold by the prophets and of the events surrounding it. There are a number of carols for everyone to join in as well some pieces which the choir will be singing. For this service, we turn the church the around, so entrance to the church can be gained via the ‘old’ door by the paved area and memorial garden on the Bedford Road side of the church.
Christmas Eve 2.00 pm & 4.00pm Family Crib Service
Yes – Two Crib services again this year! Our Crib Service is very informal and very child friendly. During it we sing shortened versions of lots of carols, we hear the story of Christmas, and we finish by singing Jesus ‘Happy Birthday’ with a piece of birthday cake to take home. If you’re worried about children making a noise, please don’t – there will be lots of noise and fun at this service and everyone is very welcome.
Both Crib Services are the same but you may find the 2pm service a little quieter and a little calmer.
Christmas Eve 11.30pm Midnight Communion Service
We join together as we mark the arrival of Christmas Day. This service is candlelit with a sense of expectancy as we prepare for midnight to arrive and proclaim Jesus’ birth.
Christmas Day 10.00am Family Communion
Our final Christmas service takes place at 10.00am on Christmas morning and is a fun, altogether family communion. We sing carols, hear about Jesus’ birth, spend a short time thinking together about Christmas and its meaning, before remembering Jesus as we share communion together.