to know Christ and make Christ known

 This year, our theme for Advent and Christmas is Christina Rosetti’s poem “Love came down at Christmas”.

Love came down at Christmas,
Love all lovely, Love divine;
Love was born at Christmas,
Star and angels gave the sign.

Worship we the Godhead,
Love Incarnate, Love Divine;
Worship we our Jesus:
But what shall be our sacred sign?

Love shall be our token,
Love be yours and love be mine,
Love to God and all men,
Love will be our gift, our sign.

Our worship team have created a new musical arrangement of the poem, do listen to it –


The arrangement for choir is on YouTube

[If you would like an arrangement of Love Came Down  for choir please contact the office.]

Richard and Emily England were invited to talk about the song on Tim Daykin’s Radio Solent Sunday programme.  You can hear the interview here:

picture of radio studio

To help you prepare for Christmas we have produced a series of devotions base on the poem.  These prepared to be suitable for individuals or for households.  View or download the devotions here>>>  

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 an early Holy Communion service at St. Edmund’s and a more informal Family Christmas Service at Holy Rood.

There are also many events for children and the young at heart.  These start with the Joy to the World activity morning  at the beginning of December.   There is a Christingle Service, 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!