Have you bought the turkey, written your cards or is the manic season just beginning for you?
How are you really going to celebrate Christmas this year?
St Paul’s has some great services to help you get into the true spirit of Christmas. At Christmas time the church looks wonderful, decorated with its enormous Christmas tree and beautiful star hanging from the old, beamed rafters.
The carols by candlelight on Sunday 19th December really starts Christmas for me. It is a time to sing for joy but also to reflect on the meaning of Christmas. On Christmas Eve we shall be definitely going to one of the 3 Christingle services as a family. These services are especially for children, though people of all ages would enjoy this. Christingle services are identical at 3pm, 5pm and 7pm, where you will hear the Christmas story and watch the nativity scene build up before your eyes with a real live Mary and baby Jesus. The children receive a ‘Christingle orange’ complete with sweets and a candle to represent the fruits of the earth and Jesus being the light of the world. The church is always packed and the buzz and excitement is contagious.
Midnight Holy Communion on Christmas Eve at 11pm is a beautiful quiet service and there is something special about singing carols so late into the night to welcome Christmas day.
We have family over for Christmas Day and there will be three generations of us going to the Family Celebration on Christmas morning. There are two celebrations one at 9.30am and one at 11.15am. These are lively events complete with singing and a poignant message aimed at all ages. Then hundreds of balloons are released into the church to celebrate the birth of Jesus. If you prefer something quiet there is a gentle holy communion at 8am. There are so many services to choose from but if you really want to get into the true spirit of Christmas why not go to them all?!