Christmas 2020

What We Offer

Services and activities this Christmas have been shaped by the restrictions imposed by Covid-19. We shall, however, be able to celebrate the birth of Jesus in many different ways.

Sunday 6th December, 4.00pm. Online Christingle

Pick up a Christingle kit and come and join us for a 'make your own' Christingle Service on our Facebook page, as we celebrate together the story of Jesus, light of the world. Christingle kits are available to collect from the church over the weekend of 5th/6th December. If you need one delivered contact Debbie on 07451 698235 by Thursday 3rd December.

Saturday 12th and Sunday 13th December, Christmas Tree Festival, 11.00am to 4.00pm

This year we are moving our annual event outside, following guidelines to ensure that the event is Covid safe with a trail of trees around the churchyard and stable with figures made by local children.You are welcome to sponsor a tree and decorate it with whatever brings you and your family 'Comfort and Joy'. Trees cost a minimum of £7.50 to sponsor. The sponsor form is attached.

Thursday 17th and Friday 18th December, 7.30pm, A Service of 9 Lessons and Music

Join us in church or on our Facebook page for a traditional candlelit service of readings and organ music. Pre-booking is essential.

Sunday 20th December, 4.00pm, Blue Christmas

Our annual Christmas service to pause and remember our loved ones, with readings and reflective music. You are welcome to join us in person (please pre-book) or online on Facebook.

Thursday 24th December, Midnight Mass, 9.30pm and 11.30pm

Due to the popularity of Midnight Mass in previous years, and the limits on numbers this year due to social distancing, we will be offering two midnight services. The 9.30pm service coincides with midnight in Bethlehem, the birth place of Jesus, and the 11.30pm service sees in midnight here in the UK. Please pre-book. The 9.30 service will be live-streamed on Facebook.

Friday 25th December, Christmas Day Eucharist, 9.30am 

Whether you have worshipped with us on Christmas Day before or not, you would be most welcom to join us this year. Please pre-book. This service wil be live-streamed on Facebook.

Sunday 27th December

There will be no service in church. The Church of England will be providing a national online service that we encourage you to join.

Sunday 3rd January, Epiphany

Our regular Sunday service at 8.00am (in church) and 9.30am (in church and live-streamed) will take place.

Please do check our our Facebook page, website and notice boards for updates. All services are subject to change depending on government guidance. We have Covid-secure measures in place. As all services have limits n the numbers able to attend, if you would like to join usin church you are strongly encouraged to pre-book by contacting the administrator, Debbie,  either by phone 07541 698235 or email admin@stmarysoldbasing.org.uk 

In line with government regulations, please wear a face covering upon entering the church (unless exempt). Please use the hand sanitiser on entering and leaving the church and do observe social distancing.