Christmas is approaching rapidly and it’s an exciting time, although we still have lots of uncertainty around Covid. Our plan is to proceed cautiously over the next week at St John’s with St Mary’s and we hope we can still be together to remember and celebrate the birth of the Saviour of the world in our Advent and Christmas services.
This weekend – we’re all about singing carols together at church, and we hope one of the following ways will allow you and your household to enjoy some Christmas carols. If you do attend one of our services to sing in person, please wear face coverings unless you are exempt, and we would ask that you keep these on while singing. We strongly advise everyone attending a service to take a Lateral Flow test to check you are negative for Covid before attending (although, we will not be checking test results or proof of vaccines).
Today, Saturday 18th December we will have a chance to sing outside at St Mary’s for a Carol Service from 4pm. As singing outside is low risk, we would encourage people to consider coming to this service, even if St Mary’s is not your usual church. On Sunday 19th December we will have our St John’s Carol Service at 6pm. This service will be the same format as the St Mary’s one, and booking will be required – please click here to book. Please note, only one booking is necessary per household. At the same time, at 6pm on Sunday, you can tune into our YouTube channel and watch a pre-recorded carol service and join in from home, if you prefer. Click here to access our YouTube channel.
In addition, at our 10.30am St John’s Communion service this coming Sunday we will have an All Age Singalong service with a spoken Nativity story (organised with the help of our Toddler Church families) interspersed with some well-known carols. Please click here to book. Please note there will be no children’s groups at this service – but older children involved in the Nativity Play set for the 24th December should be dropped at the hall for a rehearsal which will last the duration of the service.
Please note also there is no 9am St Mary’s service this Sunday, nor Wednesday Midweek communion at St John’s for the next two weeks, in order to minimise the amount of interaction around our buildings. There will also not be an online service this coming Sunday morning. Instead, we hope those at home will feel they can tune in for our online carols set for 6pm on YouTube. Thank you for patience at this strange time – I know we all hope and pray it is a healthy and happy Christmas for everyone.