What's on at Advent and Christmas

​Come and join us for our Advent events...
​... and stay for Christmas!

Across our three churches, we have a variety of special events and services planned for Advent and the Christmas season.  We invite you to join us at one or more of the following.

Advent Windows and Christmas Quiz

Like the Advent Calendars that we open at home, starting on the first day of December and going through to Christmas Eve, each day a new window will be "opened" (lit) in a home, shop, business or school within walking distance of St Mark's Church.  All of the "opened" windows will be lit, each evening, from 6 pm - 9 pm.  A map of the 24 windows will be available in church, on our Facebook page "St Mark's Advent Windows" and here on our website if you follow this LINK.    Spread the news ... tell your friends and neighbours.

... and Choir Boys

If you see one of our St.. Mark's knitted choir boys in and around Whitehills and Spring Park, pick him up, take him home and invite him to be part of your Christmas celebrations.  You may also want to take one and pass him on to a friend, neighbour or family member.  They come with our love and best wishes for a joyful and happy Christmas.

Christmas Tree Festival

We invite you to come and see our historic St. John the Baptist church decorated with dozens of beautifully and imaginatively decorated christmas trees.  As well as the Christmas Trees there will be Nativity Scenes on display, the trees will be judged and refreshments will be available.

Opening times:

​Friday 7th December 2018  - for schools and organisations only                                            Saturday 8 December 2018 - 10am to 4pm                                                                   ​Sunday 9 December 2018 - 1pm to 4pm

Admission:            Adults - £2               Children - Free

 

Carol Services

All three of our churches will be holding one or more carol services in the lead up to Christmas.

​St. David church - Eastern Avenue South, NN2 7QB

Saturday 15th December 2018, 4.30pm                                                                                                                                 Carols on the Green
Singing carols out of doors is part of our Christmas tradition.  We will begin on the green opposite the church at the top of Kingsland Avenue.  Followed by a Christmas Party from 5 - 8 pm

​St. John the Baptist church - The Green, NN2 6QD

Sunday 9th December 2018, 5.30 pm
Carols on the Green

Singing of carols out of doors is part of our Christmas tradition.  We gather on the village green to add our voices to those of our church choir as we sing traditional Christmas carols.  Followed by mince pies and mulled wine.

Sunday ​ 23rd December 2018, 6pm
​Nine Lessons and Carols
A traditional service of well-known Christmas carols and Bible readings telling the story of Jesus' birth, with the singing led by our church choir.  Followed by refreshments.

St. Mark church - St. Mark's Crescent, NN2 8EG

​Sunday 16 December 2018, 4pm
​Carols on the Green

​Singing carols out of doors is part of our Christmas tradition.  We will gather outside of the church on St. Mark's Crescent to sing carols and listen to a pipe band.  Followed by refreshments.

Crib & Christingle Services

All three of our churches will be holding a crib and/or christingle service in the lead up to Christmas.  These services are particularly geared for children and families, and are very popular.  There is a magical moment when the candles are lit and the electric lights go out, and a carol is sung by candlelight.

​Monday 24 December 2018
Christmas Eve

​St David Church - 2.30 pm  Christingle Service                                                                       St. John the Baptist church - 5pm Nativity with Christingles
​St. Mark church - 4pm Christingle service

Come and listen to the story of Jesus, the light in the darkness, and join in with the singing of some well-known carols.

Christmas Eve & Christmas Day

All three of our churches will start their Christmas day celebrations with a traditional Midnight Mass service and welcome families of all ages on Christmas Day morning at 10am.

​Monday 24 December 2018
Midnight Mass start times

St. David church - 11pm
​St. John the Baptist church - 11.30pm
​St. Mark church - 11.30pm

Join us at one of our late night services, and celebrate Christmas Day as it begins.  Enjoy singing Christmas carols, hear again of the birth of Jesus, and take time to reflect on what Christmas - and indeed life - is all about.

Tuesday 25 December 2018
​Christmas Day

St. David church - 10am All-Age Worship
​St. John the Baptist church - 10am Family Eucharist
​St. Mark church - 10am Family Communion

Join us at one of our churches for a short, relaxed and family-orientated service of Holy Communion.  Get out of the house, take time on Christmas morning to sing carols, hear Christmas readings and thank God for Jesus.

Glory to God in the highest heaven,
​and on earth peace among those whom he favours!
Luke 2:14 (NRSV)