CHRISTMAS EVE 2022 – Midnight Mass

What does tonight mean to us?   Is it joy, wonder or worry?
Christmas can be difficult for many of us as we are bombarded by adverts and demands that we should be having fun all the time and spending more than we have.  This then adds to the pressure of Christmas and can affect relationships when people are rushing backwards and forwards to the shops and doing everything else that goes along with it … More CHRISTMAS EVE 2022 – Midnight Mass

Advent to Christmas – Noel Rawsthorne (1929-2019)

The five verses of this anthem progressively explore the theme of Advent, gradually merging into Christmas by the end. Between verses there are interludes of Carols, both for Advent and Christmas, beginning with “O Come, O Come Emmanuel” and finishing with “The First Noel”. Between the verses are “Past 3 O’Clock”, “In the Bleak Mid-Winter”, “Away in a Manger” and “We Three Kings” … More Advent to Christmas – Noel Rawsthorne (1929-2019)

First Eucharist of Christmas

Our first Eucharist of Christmas was celebrated at 11:30pm on Christmas Eve. Due to illness, Rev Sue was unable to officiate, but Reader Christine stepped up and did a wonderful job for us.
Before the service we heard Britten’s “There is no Rose” from his “A Ceremony of carols”, then a special medley of Christmas carols sung by our singing group, Maggie’s Music Makers. We then began the service with the perennial favourite, “Once in Royal David’s City”, with the equally traditional solo first verse … More First Eucharist of Christmas