All you need to know about the Christmas services!
All you need to know about St. Andrew's Christmas services! (Updated November 30th.)
Christmas draws closer, Christmas lights are appearing in the streets, the shops are displaying Christmas goodies, the children are looking forward to the holiday and most families will be into planning for this joyful event but sadly things have to be a little different this year. We have decided not to hold a Nativity Service nor a Christingle Service. (The live services are all Government permitting).
Sunday 19th December
6:30pm, Service of Carols & Readings
Our Annual Christmas Carol Service. This year we will be limited in what we offer, but do come along. Mince pies and mulled wine served after the service.
Friday 24th, CHRISTMAS EVE
11:00pm First Communion of Christmas
Spanning the midnight hour, the First Communion of Christmas Always a popupar service.
Saturday 25th, CHRISTMAS Day
10:00am, Live Church Christmas Day Worship
Christmas Day will not be the same without time to worship the one whom the day honours.
Sunday 27th. FIRST SUNDAY AFTER CHRISTMAS
10:00am, Live Church Service
There are no regular evening services at St.Andrew's on a Sunday but there are afternoon and evening services from time to time, some of these monthly, others at less frequent intervals. These are normally listed in the "Latest News" section of the website as they come due, or in our "Calendar of Events".
The occasional afternoon/evening services include:-
- A "Memorial Service" for the recently bereaved (twice a year, often in May and November), which includes prayer for each family we have recently ministered to.
- A service of "Prayer and Laying on of Hands" for the sick.
- The popular Christmas "Nine Lessons and Carols" service in December.
- "Prayer First". A time of informal prayer for the world and the church held at on the first Sunday of the month. This may take place in the church hall.
Arrangements for services from 5th December
COVID infection rates remain high both locally and nationally and we are now aware of the Omicron variant with currently unknown consequences for transmission and severe illness, The government is reintroducing compulsory wearing of face coverings in shops and on public transport. Therefore, the St Andrew’s COVID Planning Group believe that for the month of December, we should retain the same safeguards as we currently have which are primarily using every other pew and wearing face coverings during the service. If this needs to change as we learn more about the Omicron variant we will be back in touch.
Communion will continue to be wafers served to you in your seat by the minister.
In the light of the current situation, the COVID Group decided that it would be unsafe to hold Christingle services or a Nativity Service this year, so they will not take place in 2021. We are seeking to live stream morning services, but in the event that is not possible we will endeavour to record the service and stream it later in the day.
Refreshments will continue to be served after services. There will be tables and six seats per table laid out. You will be required to wear a face covering until you have collected your coffee or tea and sat down at a table.
The Sunday morning services at St. Andrew's follow the pattern but please note there will be differences during the Covid pandemic restrictions.
1st Sunday: Holy Communion Service
2nd Sunday: "All Together" Service
3rd Sunday: Holy Communion Service
4th Sunday: Service of the Word
5th Sunday: Various formats and usually followed by a "Shared Lunch" in the Church Hall
The ‘All Together’ Service is very much like the previous "All Age Service". However, the intention is to evolve it over time, building on the success of Family@4 whilst ensuring that the service really does have something for everyone.
We know that for some an earlier and quieter service is their preferred style. However, we suggest those who feel this way should consider trying worship at our sister church in Sadberge at their 09:15 time. Sadberge is a more traditional Sung Eucharist i.e. singing responses with a strong lead from the good choir. The first Sunday is a Service of the Word, and the following 3 (or 4) are Eucharistic.
After church coffee and biscuits are served in the church hall across the road.