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

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.

We held a simple ceremony to mark the "opening" of the first window, at St Mark's, on Friday 1 December 2017 at 6pm.  We sang one of our favourite carols, and had hot chocolate and some seasonal nibbles.  The last one, on Christmas Eve - 24 December, will be 'opened' during our Christingle Service which starts at 4 pm.

... and Angels

If you see one of our St.. Mark's knitted angels in and around Whitehills and Spring Park, pick her up, take her home and invite her to be part of your Christmas celebrations.  You may also want to take one and pass her 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.

Opening times:

​Saturday 2 December 2017 - 10am to 4pm
​Sunday 3 December 2017 - 1pm to 4pm

Admission:
Adults - £2
​Children - Free

Refreshments will be available in the Chapter House.  And some activities for children (see below).

A Christmas Carol

We invite you to join us for a Dickensian evening of carols and readings from A Christmas Carol​ on Saturday 9th December 2017 at 7pm in St. Mark's church, St. Mark's Crescent, NN2 8EG.  Tickets are £5 per person, including refreshments.  If you wish, you can come in Victorian costume.

For more details and tickets, please contact Liz May on 01604 844565.

Advent Bible Study

It is all too easy to become so familiar with the Christmas story that it begins to lose some of its impact.   We will be using the York course "So What are We Waiting For?".

Sessions will take place on:

Tuesday evenings, 28th November, 5th December, 12th December, 19th December starting at 7.30pm and finishing around 9pm, all at St John the Baptist Church.

Wednesday mornings, 29th November, 6th December, 13th December, 20th December, starting at 10.30 am at St John the Baptist Church.

​If you can only make one or two of these sessions, come along and enjoy those that you can make.

For more details, please contact one of the clergy team (see Who's Who).

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

Wednesday 13 December 2017, 6pm
Living Nativity and Carols

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 the judging of 'Make a Nativity Scene in a Shoe Box Competition.

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

Sunday 3rd December 2017, 6pm
Advent Carol Service

A traditional service of Advent carols and Bible readings, with the singing led by our church choir.

Sunday 10 December 2017, 6pm
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 ​17 December 2017, 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 17 December 2017, 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.

Saturday 23rd December 2017

St David Church - 2pm Crib Service

​Sunday 24 December 2017
Christmas Eve

​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.

​Sunday 24 December 2017
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.

Monday 25 December 2017
​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)