This is our very special service for New Year’s Eve, in which we are invited to make a covenant to live well in 2021 – with God, with the earth, and with each other … More New Year’s Eve
On the Seventh Day of Christmas, My True Love Sent to Me: Seven Swans a-Swimming. This gift is about the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit: prophecy, ministry, teaching, exhortation, giving, leading, and compassion. As swans are one of the most beautiful and graceful creatures on earth, they would seem to be a perfect symbol for … More New Year’s Eve: the 7th Day of Christmas
On the Sixth Day of Christmas, My True Love Gave to Me: Six Geese a-Laying. This gift is rooted in the book of Genesis, the first story found in the Bible. Each egg is a day in creation, a time when the world was “hatched” or formed by God.
On the Fifth Day of Christmas, My True Love Gave to Me: Five Gold Rings. The gift of the rings represents the first five books of the Old Testament, known as the Torah or the Pentateuch.
The fourth day of Christmas is when we mark the slaughter of all male babies, ordered by Herod. He was too late though. Mary and Joseph had already escaped, taking their baby Jesus with them. The Coventry Carol tells of the mothers’ grief. It is sung for us by our Organist Tom and our MD … More Carol for the Holy Innocents
On the Fourth Day of Christmas, My True Love Gave to Me: Four Calling Birds. These birds represent the four Gospels — Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John.
On the Third Day of Christmas, My True Love Gave to Me: Three French Hens. These three birds represent faith, hope, and love. This gift references 1 Corinthians 13, the chapter written by the St Paul about love.
On the Second Day of Christmas, My True Love Gave to Me: Two Turtledoves. These birds represent the Old and New Testaments. In this gift we receive the complete story of Judeo-Christian faith and God’s plan for the world.
Did you know that it’s only Britain and some commonwealth countries that refer to December 26th as Boxing Day? Everywhere else it is St Stephen’s Day. This saint is venerated for his charitable work, and it was on his Feast Day that Good King Wenceslas looked out of the window and saw a poor man … More Boxing Day Carol
On the first day of Christmas, my true love sent to me: A partridge in a pear tree. The partridge in a pear tree represents Jesus, the Son of God. The mother partridge is the only bird that will die to protect its young.