Advent and Christmas

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The people who walked in darkness
have seen a great light.
For a child has been born for us,
a son given to us.

Isaiah 9:2a, 6a

Our countdown to Christmas is about to begin.  Advent starts on Sunday November 28th.  Our preparations begin with a glorious and uplifting Advent Carols service, which includes Advent hymns, readings, poems and reflections.  Our singing will be led by the 4 Villages Community Choir under the direction of our choirmaster, Tony Edwards.  Do join us if you can.

Advent Carols
All Saints Church
Mears Ashby
Sunday 28 November 2021

4pm

Daily through Advent, we will be exploring the four songs of the Nativity Story: Zechariah's Song (John the Baptist's father's song - the Benedictus), Mary's Song (the magnificent Magnificat), the Angels' Song (on the hillside above Jerusalem, Gloria in Excelsis), and Simeon's Song (on seeing the baby Jesus in the temple, his moving Nunc Dimittis).  We'll be wondering how these songs can inspire our own song as Christmas approaches. 

ADVENT DAILY PRAYER

This year, our Advent Daily Prayers and Reflections are inspired by the four Spirit-filled songs in the Christmas story: Zechariah's song, which he sang when his son John is born; Mary's song, which she sang when she shared her good news with her cousin Elizabeth; the Angels' song, which was sung above the hillside overlooking Bethlehem; and, Simeon's song, which he sang on seeing the baby Jesus in the temple in Jerusalem.  May these songs inspired your own song this Advent into Christmas.

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And here is what we have planned for the Christmas season.

CHRISTMAS GATHERINGS

In the lead up to Christmas, we will be holding two seasonal coffee mornings.  One of them has the added treat of a Christmas Tree Festival with live Christmas music.  Do come and join us for a mince pie or two!

Christmas Coffee Morning
Saturday 4 December 2021
10am to 11.30am
Mears Ashby Village Hall
Christmas Coffee Morning
with Christmas Tree Festival
10am to 12 Noon
Hardwick Village Hall 


CAROL SERVICES

This year, weather permitting, we will be gathering outdoors for our village Carol Services.  Come and join with us in listening to the Christmas story as we sing some of your favourite Christmas carols.  And then, stay on for some seasonal treats - mulled wine, hot chocolate and mince pies.  Our evening services will include the 4 Villages Community Choir led by Tony Edwards.   It is going to a glorious Christmas! 

Carols by Spotlight
Sunday December 12th
6pm
Hardwick Church
Carols by Spotlight
Sunday December 19th
4pm
Mears Ashby Church
Carols on the Green
Sunday December 19th
10am
Sywell Church


If you can't make any of the services, we will also have a simple Advent into Christmas service on Zoom on Sunday 19 December 2021 at 6pm.  Contact Revd Katrina for the Zoom invite.

CHRISTINGLES

And, Christmas would not be Christmas without the light and joy of children holding their Christingles as we all sing Away in a Manger.  On Christmas Eve, we invite you to come and Christingle at Overstone Church at 4pm.  Weather permitting, we will be able to go outside to light our Christingles.  Do come and join us and collect Christingle goody bags to take home.

Come and Christingle
Christmas Eve
4pm
Overstone Church

We will also be offering a Christingle delivery service in Mears Ashby.  More details to follow nearer the time.

CHRISTMAS COMMUNIONS

If you would like to begin your Christmas Day with a short and uplifting Christmas Communion service, come and join us in one of our villages.  Come and celebrate Christ's birth and then go home to rest before preparing and sharing in your Christmas lunch.

Mears Ashby Church
11.30pm on Christmas Eve

for all four villages

Hardwick Church
8am on Christmas Day

for Mears Ashby and Hardwick villages

Sywell Church
10am on Christmas Day

for Sywell and Overstone villages

For more details on our Advent and Christmas services, please contact our vicar - Revd Katrina.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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