Christmas

Christmas this year will feel very different.  The family gatherings may well be smaller.  For at least some of us, we may be joining in the familiar carols online rather than in church.  But it will still be – as always – a time to care for one another and to be together.

It will be a time to look back on a year when so much has changed.  To remember those who have died, to support those who have lost jobs, to be thankful for all who have cared for the sick and the vulnerable.

What has not changed is the story and the meaning of Jesus’ birth. God is with us. With us in the mess as in the good, in the disappointment and the difficulty, in sorrow and in celebration.

We pray that as you journey through the Christmas season you will know that Jesus journeys with you.  May you know God’s comfort and, in whatever your circumstances, be surprised by God’s joy.

Saturday 19th December 2020 at 6.30pm
Nine Lessons and Carols – Online

Join us for a special service of Nine Lessons and Carols from your own home. Sing along to a mix of traditional and contemporary Carols, mixed in with the story of humankind from The Fall in the Garden of Eden, through to the Birth of Jesus, the promised Messiah.

Download the Service Booklet from here:  Nine Lessons & Carols at Home (PDF)
Nine Lessons & Carols at Home (Word)

CLICK HERE TO JOIN IN THE NINE LESSONS AND CAROLS SERVICE

Christmas Eve – 24th December 2020 at 4pm
Children’s Nativity and Crib Service Online

A special Christmas Service made by and for the younger members of our community.

Come and join us for a child friendly retelling of the story of the very first Christmas, mixed up with some of your favourite Carols.

This is an online only service and is available to view on the Benefice Facebook Page, YouTube Page, with links from this website.

CLICK HERE TO JOIN IN OUR NATIVITY/CRIB SERVICE

 

Christmas Eve – 24th December 2020 at 11.30pm
Midnight Mass (The First Eucharist of Christmas)
St James’ Church, Nayland and Online

Christmas begins with our Midnight Mass Service.

This year we will have both an Online Service and a small in person service in St James.  Due to current COVID guidance numbers at the service in St James’ will be strictly limited, and sadly there can be no congregational singing.  If you wish to reserve a place for your family bubble, please contact the Church Wardens for St James’, Chris & Kath Hunt.

Our online service will be available to all, and will include the traditional Christmas Carols for you to join in with, safely from your own homes.   All our online services will be available on the Benefice Facebook Page, YouTube Page, with links from this website.

Download the Service Booklet from here:
Midnight Mass – Communion at Home (PDF)
Midnight Mass – Communion at Home  (Word)

CLICK HERE TO JOIN IN THE MIDNIGHT MASS SERVICE

 

Christmas Day – 25th December 2020 at 11am
Holy Communion
St Mary’s Church, Stoke-by-Nayland and Online

Christmas continues with our Celebratory Christmas Day Service.

This year we will have both an Online Service and a small in person service in St Mary’s.  Due to current COVID guidance numbers at the service in St Mary’s will be strictly limited, and sadly there can be no congregational singing.  If you wish to reserve a place for your family bubble, please contact the Church Warden for St Mary’s, June Smith.

Our online service will be available to all, and will include the traditional Christmas Carols for you to join in with, safely from your own homes.   All our online services will be available on the Benefice Facebook Page, YouTube Page, with links from this website.

Download the Service Booklet from here:
Christmas Day – Communion at Home  (PDF)
Christmas Day – Communion at Home  (Word)

CLICK HERE TO JOIN IN THE CHRISTMAS DAY SERVICE

You can also access online services from The Church of England, download the free #ComfortAndJoy App where you can hear again the message of the angels – good news of God’s unfailing love for a world that is weary and hurting at: www.churchofengland.org/ComfortAndJoy

 

christmas-2

#ComfortAndJoy