Christmas Services

Christmas Services in Stoke-by-Nayland, Leavenheath, Polstead, Nayland and Wiston

Advent and Christmas Trees

This weekend will sees the start of the Season of Advent, the days and weeks when we begin to think about all those people throughout history who prepared the way for the coming of Jesus, the Messiah, the baby in a manger, who would change the world forever.

It is also the weekend when many will begin to think about a Christmas Tree.    If you would like your Christmas tree to mean more this year, why not try this beautiful and thoughtful prayer idea?

Children love to help with decorating the tree. This idea is an easy way to let them
get involved, and helps them pray at the same time.

• Buy some pretty gift tags (sparkly stars work well) – or make some by cutting
up last year’s Christmas cards.

• Write on the plain side the names of people or situations that you want to pray
about.

• Hang the gift tag prayers on your tree as a sparkly reminder – just as your
tree lights shine in the darkness, so your prayers are like a candle that lights
up the lives of those in need.

• Christmas is a particularly difficult time if you are sad, or ill, or lonely or
worried. Keep a few spare gift tags so you can add to your tree when you
think of others who need your prayers.

Tip: If you know someone needs your prayers, but it’s best if others don’t know
they’re in need, why not just write their initial on the tag, or draw a heart shape – God
will know you are thinking of them.

Carols at bedtime

Christmas is great time of year to learn songs – many have been passed down the
generations for hundreds of years. And singing together is also lovely way to praise
God, whether at home or in church. Try these well-known songs with your child.

As Christmas draws near, why not include a verse or two of Away in a Manger in
your child’s bedtime routine?

Away in a manger, no crib for a bed,
the little Lord Jesus laid down his sweet head;
the stars in the bright sky looked down where he lay,
the little Lord Jesus asleep on the hay.

The cattle are lowing, the baby awakes,
but little Lord Jesus no crying he makes.
I love thee, Lord Jesus, look down from the sky,
and stay by my side until morning is nigh.

Be near me, Lord Jesus, I ask thee to stay
close by me for ever, and love me, I pray.
Bless all the dear children in thy tender care,
and fit us for heaven to live with thee there.

When it’s dark, you might enjoy singing just the chorus of This little light of mine.

This little light of mine, I’m gonna let it shine,
This little light of mine, I’m gonna let it shine,
This little light of mine, I’m gonna let it shine,
Let it shine, let it shine, let it shine.

A really simple song that you could use in night time prayers goes to the tune of
Frere Jacques:

Light a candle, light a candle,
God is here, God is here.
Bless our friends and family,
Bless our friends and family,
Far and near, far and near.

Safety first:  Small children love to watch a candle flame, but you must never leave
a lit candle unattended or within a child’s reach – you might prefer to use a battery
powered candle for night prayers.

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Christmas Tree Prayers


If you would like your Christmas tree to mean more this year, why not try this beautiful and thoughtful prayer idea?

Children love to help with decorating the tree. This idea is an easy way to let them
get involved, and helps them pray at the same time.

• Buy some pretty gift tags (sparkly stars work well) – or make some by cutting
up last year’s Christmas cards.

• Write on the plain side the names of people or situations that you want to pray
about.

• Hang the gift tag prayers on your tree as a sparkly reminder – just as your
tree lights shine in the darkness, so your prayers are like a candle that lights
up the lives of those in need.

• Christmas is a particularly difficult time if you are sad, or ill, or lonely or
worried. Keep a few spare gift tags so you can add to your tree when you
think of others who need your prayers.

Tip: If you know someone needs your prayers, but it’s best if others don’t know
they’re in need, why not just write their initial on the tag, or draw a heart shape – God
will know you are thinking of them.

Christmas Services and Celebrations

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Come and join us as at one of our special services, as we prepare to celebrate the birth of our Messiah, Jesus Christ.

All are welcome to worship with us.  We look forward to welcoming you.

Saturday 17th  December 2016
6.00pm      Stoke by Nayland       Carols On the Green (with the Boxted Silver Band)           

Sunday 18th December 2016 
3pm              Polstead                         Carol Service (followed at 4.30pm by Carols in the V. Hall)
6.30pm       Nayland                          Nine Lessons and Carols
6.30pm       Leavenheath                Carols by Candlelight

Wednesday 21st December 2016 
7.30 pm       Nayland                        Carols at the Christmas Tree (with the Boxted Silver Band)

Saturday 24th December (Christmas Eve)     
3pm              Stoke by Nayland        Crib Service                                                                                   3.45pm       Leavenheath                  Christingle Service
4.30pm       Nayland                             Christingle Service
5.00pm       Polstead                            Christingle Service
6.30pm        Stoke by Nayland        Carols by Candlelight
11.30pm     Stoke by Nayland        Midnight Mass (First Eucharist of Christmas)

Sunday 25th December (Christmas Day)
8.00am        Leavenheath                   Holy Communion
9.30am        Wiston                                Family Eucharist
9.30am        Polstead                             Family Eucharist
11.00 am   Stoke by Nayland          Family Eucharist
11.00 am   Nayland                               Family Eucharist

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