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Christmas services

You are very welcome to these special events at St John’s. All normal service times continue unless replaced by something else.  The Calendar also includes all of these events and activities and we also have a one page summary suitable for printing - please do share.
Wednesday 29th (November), 2pm: Advent Book Group

Saturday 2nd (December), 10am: Deanery Advent Quiet Day (at St Mary's Kinsbourne Green)

Sunday 3rd, 6pm: Advent Carol Service (at Our Lady of Lourdes), a simple candle lit service for the start of Advent as we prepare for Christmas.

Thursday 7th, 7:30pm, AT Society Christmas Concert, performed by Magic Voices and the Choir of Crabtree Junior School

Sunday 10th
- 12:30pm: Community Carol Singing, outside the Coop
- 3pm: Christingle service, family friendly ~ Learning about the light of the world and supporting The Childrens Society
- 7:30pm Christmas with the Continuum Choir

Friday 15th, 3pm: Tea @ 3, friendly companionship over a cup of tea, homemade cakes and sandwiches. In the church hall. 

Saturday 16th, 10am–3pm: Christmas Holiday Club, Primary School aged children (Reception to Y6) are invited to join us solo - younger children with a parent / carer - for a free day preparing the Nativity Presentation on 17th December . Booking essential.

Sunday 17th
- 9.30am: All Age Nativity Service, all invited. Live Streamed.
- 5pm: Nine Lessons and Carols, a traditional service of readings, music and singing. All invited.

Monday 18th, 8pm: Hardynge Choir Concert

Tuesday 19th, 10amNativity Themed Toddler Group with Little Acorns.

Wednesday 20th, 8pm: Beer and Carols, at the Engineer Pub. Over 18s only.

Friday 22nd, 3pmFestive Family Concert with Sonorité Saxophone Quartet, a festive and fun afternoon of Christmas music (1hr 15min including break for refreshments). 

Christmas Eve
- 11am:
 Carols Around the Crib, suitable for younger members of the family of pre-school age. A short service of carols 
- 3pm: ‘Walking to Bethlehem’, telling the Christmas story as we walk through Southdown. Meet outside the Coop as we walk the journey to Bethlehem and finish at St John’s. Ideal for Children.
- 11.30pm: Midnight Mass, celebrate Christmas by Candlelight. Incense will be used at this service.

Christmas Day
- 8am: Holy Communion
, in the Lady Chapel, no Carols.  A quieter service to help start the day.
- 10am: All Age Parish Eucharist for Christmas Day, ideal for children with interactive talk. Live Streamed

7th, 9:30am, All Age Parish Eucharist for Epiphany, suitable for all the Family, with Blessing of Epiphany Chalk (House blessing) Incense will be used. Live Streamed

Last updated: 25 November 2023

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