Usually, this season is both exhausting and exhilarating, as we welcome thousands of people through the doors of our churches. 2020, however, will be a unique Christmas!
Christmas at Home
We have an opportunity this Christmas to remember how much of the Christmas story takes place at home. Gabriel visited Mary at home. Mary & Joseph travelled to Bethlehem because it was Joseph’s ancestral home. The world-changing events of the first Christmas occurred far away from temples and palaces, but in the domestic realities of ordinary life.
In 2020, we have the chance to rediscover this important aspect of the Christmas story. Most of our services and events will be online, but there will be some services you can attend in-person. See below and in the list of events for details.
Singing Carols is an important part of Christmas. We are not able to have congregational singing inside this year; therefore the Holy Rood Carols by Candlelight and the St. Edmund’s Service of Lessons and Carols will both be Online services – do join it at home. It is felt safe to sing outside though, therefore we are meeting for Car Park Carols at Holy Rood Church on Saturday 19th December at 4pm and again at 5pm. You will be able to join in the communal carol singing at these events. Space is limited though, so you need to pre-book to attend.
We have had to change our Christmas morning celebration at Holy Rood to be online only.
Our Saturday morning Live Nativity has been a very popular family event. Unfortunately its popularity means it cannot go ahead as normal this year – it was going to go ahead ahead in a revised format, but with the new restrictions it has had to be cancelled.
The Thursday morning communion on Christmas Eve at Holy Rood and the 8am Christmas Day service at St. Edmund’s will go ahead as planned. The Christmas Eve service will also be streamed live this week.
At the start of the Christmas period we held a Virtual Prayer Weekend.
Watch Richard’s introduction to Advent and Christmas:
We’ve collected together a number of Christmas worship videos to help you celebrate at home. Do use them to help you remember that God is with us this Christmas – even if we are “at home”.
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