to know Christ and make Christ known

Christmas is still a time of wonder – a time children of every age look forward to!  Yet all to often amidst the good things we do to celebrate Christmas – the giving of presents, the meeting with family and friends, the enjoyment of good food and drink in good company – amidst all this we can easily forget why we celebrate Christmas and why “Christmas” starts with “Christ”!

In the Bible, the beginning of John;s Gospel says:

1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind…..

12 Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God …..

14 The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth. (© NIV UK Bible)

These verses start to explain the real wonder of Christmas – the creator of the world has been born as a human baby and those who believe in Him become children of God!  That is a lot to take in and not something you can grasp all at once, but we hope you might be able to attend one of the Christmas services or activities that will be taking place over the Christmas period to learn more about God’s gift to us all, and to thank Him for Jesus.

There are a range of activities taking place at both St. Edmund’s and Holy Rood in the weeks leading up to Christmas – open the calendar entries on this page to find out more details of each one.  All these services and activities are open to everyone – we do hope we will be able to welcome you at one or more of the events.  There are traditional services of lessons and carols at both the churches as well as Midnight Holy Communion at Holy Rood.  On Christmas Morning there is either an early Holy Communion service at St. Edmund’s or a more informal Family Christmas Service at Holy Rood.

There are also many events for children and the young at heart.  These start with a Christingle Service at the beginning of December.   There is the Joy to the World activity morning, the ever popular Live Nativity where you can meet the animals and people involved in the Christmas story at Holy Rood.  On Christmas Eve St. Edmund’s has two Nativity Services at 4pm and 6pm; the 4pm services is very popular so come early to ensure a seat!