Christmas Services 2019



Nativity scene from the East window of St Mary's Church

St Mary's - Saffron Walden

Sunday 1st December 2019

6.30pm     Advent Carol Service
Come and join with members of all the local churches for this special service of readings and carols by candlelight to mark the start of advent.
This Advent Service makes preparation for the coming of our Lord to earth and the form of the service is based upon ancient and traditional sources of the Church. The service starts in complete darkness and, as it progresses the choir, ministers and members of the congregation light candles and move from West to East, ’from darkness to light’.  The music is led by the church choir and members of all the local churches take part.

Sunday 8th December

4.00pm      Christingle Service
Christingles that are lit during the service are made from an orange decorated with red tape, sweets and a candle symbolizing Christ as the light of the world. Children are especially welcome. A collection will be taken for the Children’s Society.
Find out more about Christingle Services and the work of the Children’s Society here.

Sunday 22nd December

6.30pm        Service of Nine Lessons and Carols.
A traditional service of bible readings and carols sung by the choir and congregation.

Christmas Eve – Tuesday 24th December

4.00pm        Lighting of the Christmas Tree
6.00pm        Lighting of the Christmas Tree

These two identical services are particularly suitable for children.  Children are welcome to dress as shepherds or angels to take part in the Christmas story.  Families are encouraged to bring a present for EACH (East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices) – preferably unwrapped. A collection will be shared between the Mayor’s charity Mesothelioma UK Research and St. Mary’s Church.

11.30pm        Midnight Holy Communion
The first communion of Christmas.

Christmas Day – Wednesday 25th December

Join us to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ at one of our services on this special day
8.00am          Holy Communion (1662 traditional)
10.00am        Family Communion

Sunday 26th January 2020

Celebration of the visit of the wise men to the Christ child.
6.30 p.m. - Epiphany Carol Service

St James – Sewards End

Saturday 21st December
5.00pm Carols and Christingles

Monday 23rd December
6.00pm Carol Singing around the village. 

Tuesday 24 December – Christmas Eve
11.30pm Midnight Holy Communion

Wednesday 25 December – Christmas Day
9.30am  Family Communion

St Johns – Little Walden

Saturday 21st December
5.00pm Carol Service

Wednesday 25th  December – Christmas Day
11.15 a.m.    Holy Communion

"All went to their own towns to be registered. Joseph also went from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to the city of David called Bethlehem, because he was descended from the house and family of David. He went to be registered with Mary, to whom he was engaged and who was expecting a child. While they were there, the time came for her to deliver her child. And she gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in bands of cloth, and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn."
Luke 2: 3-7