As we count down to Christmas, in the Church we journey through Advent, a time of expectant waiting and preparation for the celebration of the Nativity of Jesus at Christmas. This year, Advent begins on Sunday 30th November. The Sunday before Advent is traditionally known as Stir-Up Sunday, when families and friends gathered together in their kitchens to bake Christmas pudding. Perhaps in this era of The Great British Bake Off, teaching children how to mix ingredients for the pudding, and giving everyone a turn to mix, and an opportunity to make a wish, may become popular again. We hope you will join us for our Sunday Services at 10.30am.
As you turn your thoughts to present-buying and getting in the festive mood, join us at our Christmas Fair, in the Church on Saturday 29th November from 10.00am to 1.00pm. A great event for all ages.
The focus of Christmas comes as we celebrate and reflect with these special services. Everyone who lives or works in our community or is visiting is warmly invited. We look forwarding to welcoming all friends old and new.
Sunday 14th December
10.30am - Third Sunday of Advent, Sung Eucharist
During this service we prepare the nativity stable for the arrival of the Jesus.
3pm - A Celebration of Love & Life - To remember departed babies and children
This is the first of two services in the run-up to Christmas lead by Sussex County Hospital Chaplain, Canon Peter Wells, and gives bereaved parents and families the chance to remember departed babies and children.
Thursday 18th December
6pm - Carols by Candlelight
A festive celebration with mince pies and a glass of wine, supported by the Friends of Sussex County Hospital. This service include a special time to remember departed loved ones
Sunday 21st December
10.30am - Fourth Sunday of Advent, Sung Eucharist
6pm - Nine Lessons & Carols
A joyous, traditional service by candlelight. It takes nine of the best known and loved bible passages about the birth of Jesus and intersperses them with much-loved carols which pick up the theme of the readings. Do stay afterwards for mince pies.
Christmas Eve - Wednesday 24th December
4pm - Christingle
Bringing the Christian message to children of all ages, this wonderful, informal service is a firm favourite in our Christmas calendar. A joyous event where everyone is welcome.
11.30pm - Midnight Mass
We come together to celebrate the birth of Jesus as the Light of the world with a traditional candlelit service, and plenty of familiar music and carols.
Christmas Day - Thursday 25th December
10am – Sung Eucharist
A service to rejoice and celebrate ... CHRIST IS BORN!