We start our Christmas Season with a day of craft making. Fun for all the family what is better than making your own cards and decorations? On Saturday 30th November do pop in to the Charis centre between 10am and 4pm. Materials are provided and there will be something for all ages. Tickets to cover the costs of the materials are £5 per family or £3 per individual and are available after services from Ailsa.
Throughout December there will be two knitted stables travelling around the parish from family to family. To take part do please sign up with Ailsa. You receive the stable on an arranged date, keep it overnight to tell the story and pass it to the next family on the list. Each child gets to keep a sheep from the knitted flock. Some families have quite a flock at home having had many visits over the years!
On Tuesday 4th December at Forty Hall Banqueting Suite at 6.30 for 7.00pm the school choirs from Forty Hill School and this year for the first time St George’s Freezywater will take part in our annual Christmas Celebration. There will be some carols for all to join in, some others performed by the children and school leaders and others will participate in this joyful start to our Christmas season. We are very grateful to Forty Hall Banqueting Suite for welcoming us and also providing refreshments.
This year our Nativity Service is on Sunday 15th December at 10.30am. This is a lovely family Service with all our Junior Church and Tiddlywinks children taking part. Carols and the re-telling of the traditional Christmas story with the youngest children dressing in costumes and acting the parts. Last year we had a snowy day to add extra excitement but even if it is wet and windy we do hope you will come along and enjoy the service.
Carols by Candlelight
Our music group is busy preparing to lead our Candlelight Carol Service on Sunday 22nd December at 6.30pm. A lovely mix of traditional and new, with Bible readings between, and the odd surprise. Do come and join us and enjoy some mince pies and Christmassy refreshments afterwards with plenty of time to meet up with old friends and make new ones.
There is something very special about going in to church at 4.30pm on Christmas Eve as it is still just daylight, and lighting the children’s Christingle candles in the darkness towards the end of the service. It truly represents for all of us the light of Christ overcoming the darkness. This service is especially family friendly – and all are welcome. For safety please come with hair tied back and an adult to look after each child if possible.
Midnight Holy Communion
Our midnight service starts at 11.30 pm on Christmas Eve. The service is candlelit and includes traditional carols and Holy Communion. All are welcome to this traditional way of celebrating Christmas Day.
On Christmas morning at 10.30am we have an all-age family communion – we have so many families with young children at Jesus Church, there is no need to worry about bringing little ones. There will be a special children’s spot and they are included also in our famous ‘extended orchestra’ and in the interactive prayers. The service will be kept shorter to about an hour and we do hope you will be able to come and join us on this special day.