Advent and Christmas 2018 

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No automatic alt text available.  Our Advent and Christmas booklets, with all our services and events listed,      plus reflections and prayers for each week of Advent, are available in all of   our churches.  You can also find our special services and events listed   below.  Please do get in touch if you would like further information.  We hope you will join us for our Advent journey and Christmas  celebrations!

  'A Slice of Heaven' - Coffee morning and children's activity morning
  Saturday 1st December 10am-12noon Holy Innocents' Church and Community Hall.  Refreshments, bacon butties, stalls, children's crafts, Christmas cartoons, tuck shop.

 Advent Carol Service
 Sunday 2nd December 6.30pm St John's Church - carols, music and readings for Advent.

 St Peter's Christmas Cracker!
Saturday 8th December 10.30am-2.30pm St Peter's Church - winter wonderland, Santa's grotto, bouncy castle, seasonal refreshments, Christmas stalls, children's crafts, music.  Everyone welcome!  Santa+gift: £2/child, unlimited bounce: £2.50/child.

Messy Church: We Wish You A Messy Christmas!
Sunday 9th December 3.30pm-5.30pm St John's Church - a way for all the family to follow Jesus together!  Christmas activities, crafts, songs, stories and a meal together.  No charge, everyone welcome!  Watch the trailer here:

Advent Study Group
Monday 10th December 2pm-3.30pm at Fr Tim's Vicarage
Monday 10th December 7pm-8.30pm St John's Church (repeated session).  Take time out from the Christmas rush to study, talk, learn and grow in our faith.

Christmas Teatime Storytime
Friday 14th December 4pm-5.30pm Holy Innocents' Church
Teatime for children and families with crumpets, toast and hot chocolate, followed by Christmas stories.  No charge, but booking is essential - email

'The Fright Before Christmas!' Community Carol Service
Sunday 16th December 9.30am Holy Innocents' Church - lighthearted and fun Christmas service for all the family.

Family Fun Afternoon
Sunday 16th December 1.30pm-3.30pm St Peter's Church - bouncy castle, cartoons, candy floss, glitter tattoos, followed by...

...Christingle Service
Sunday 16th December 4pm St Peter's Church - a Christingle is a special candle made with an orange, red ribbon and sweets.  Find out what it means in this lively service for all the family.  We'll be thinking about the real meaning of Christmas and raising money for the Children's Society.

Christmas Carol Service
Sunday 16th December 6.30pm St John's Church - carols, music and readings for Christmas.

Film Friends Christmas Special
Monday 17th December 1.30pm Holy Innocents' Church - our regular film club meets for a Christmas film followed by festive refreshments.  No charge, all welcome.

The Praise Maze Christmas Special
Wednesday 19th December 1.30pm-2.30pm Holy Innocents' Church - musical church service for little ones with a Christmas theme and festive feasting afterwards!

Coppice Carols
Thursday 20th December 7.30pm meet at St Peter's Church - carol singing in the pub and a Christmas party.  

Angel Decorating Challenge Celebration Evening
Friday 21st December 3.30pm-4.30pm Holy Innocents' Church - this Advent we're encouraging everyone to decorate an angel and bring it this evening to Holy Innocents' to receive your prize and enjoy the Christmas atmosphere in church with music and seasonal refreshments.  Help us to create our 'Host of Angels' wall in church!  You can get a blank angel shape from any of our churches, from our facebook page, or contact the clergy if you would like one emailing to you.

Quiet Morning
Saturday 22nd December 10am-12noon St John's Church - take time out and reflect on the meaning of Christmas.  Short reflections, times of prayer, times for reflective activities and times simply to be still.  

The Living Crib Service
Christmas Eve 4pm St John's Church - with real animals!  A nativity with a difference.  Come dressed as a character from the Christmas story, sing carols, see the animals, and find out about the real meaning of Christmas.

The First Mass of Christmas
Christmas Eve - we have three opportunities for you to attend a first Mass of Christmas:
8pm Holy Innocents' Church*
11.30pm St John's Church*
11.30pm St Peter's Church
*please note, incense will be used at these services

Christmas Morning Service
Christmas Day
8am said Eucharist at St John's Church
10am Sung Eucharist at Holy Innocents' Church - this is a family-friendly service.  Come along, and bring a present you've received!

Holy Eucharist for St Stephen
Wednesday 26th December 9.45am St John's Church

Holy Eucharist for St John
Thursday 27th December 10am Holy Innocents' Church

Holy Eucharist for the Holy Innocents'
Friday 28th December 10am St John's Church

Patronal Festival for Holy Innocents'
Sunday 30th December
10am Sung Eucharist - Team service at Holy Innocents' Church

HALO Party!
Friday 18th January 7pm-10pm in Holy Innocents' Community Hall - a party to celebrate the Christmas events and say thank you to all who helped or took part.  Food, fizz, friends and music - everyone welcome, new friends and old.  Tickets are £5, under 16s free.  Available from our Team clergy or churches.  

You are very welcome to attend any of our special Advent and Christmas services and events.  If you would like more information please do get in touch.  We hope to see you soon!