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Christmas Services in Church     Christmas Services On Line

A Christmas Message from the Priest in Charge, including details of Christmas Services…

Christmas is a special time of year for so many different reasons, but especially as it is our annual celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ in Bethlehem. Jesus came that we may have new life and hope through him. In the passage from the bible that is read in every church on Christmas day, St John tells us that, “in him was life, and the life was the light of all people. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not overcome it.” (John 1:4-5)

As I write this message, we are still in the midst of a second lock-down and we are surrounded by uncertainty and worry. We have lived with this dreadful pandemic; with the illness and death that it has bought. All of us have experienced its impact in our lives to some extent or other. Perhaps this year more than ever we have known what it is to be a people who dwell in darkness. And we need to remember that Jesus comes to us as the light of all people, not just at Christmas but always. This year, as in all years, we need the light of Jesus Christ, the hope and joy of new life, and the promise of God’s love that we celebrate at Christmas.

We won’t be able to celebrate that Christmas joy in the usual way with large Carol Services, Christingles and Crib Services this year. Not least because we cannot gather in large numbers whilst maintaining social distancing, and whilst we are not permitted to sing in church, carol services without singing just wouldn’t be the same. However, we will still look forward to the arrival of the Christ Child at Christmas with joy and hope, as we share in two specially recorded on-line services. The first is a traditional ‘Service of Lessons and Carols for Christmas’ and the second is a ‘Crib and Christingle Service’ with readings, stories, songs and activities especially for the whole family to enjoy and particularly suitable for children. Both feature our wonderful choirs singing, with the words of the carols on screen for you to join in at home. I hope you enjoy these services and share in the joy, peace, hope and love of Christmas.

These services will be available on our website, www.barrowandwoldsgroup.com and Facebook pages from Sunday 13th December and throughout Christmas. They will also be live streamed on Zoom on the following days and times…

On-Line Christmas Services 

Crib and Christingle Service

4.00pm - Sunday 13th December, Sunday 20th December and Christmas Eve 

A Service of Lessons and Carols for Christmas

6.00pm - Sunday 13th December, Sunday 20th December and Christmas Eve

 

The Zoom link for all four service times is…

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88939813115?pwd=TWZtZlhRa0U1U1dYT0tBcHpESjllUT09

Meeting ID: 889 3981 3115

Passcode: 835107

We still plan to hold services in our churches on Sunday mornings through December at the normal times once the current restrictions have ended. We also plan to hold services of ‘Midnight Mass’ on Christmas Eve and ‘Christmas Day Services’. But as always so much of this depends on what we are able to do within Government and Church of England guidelines as we come closer to that time. If we are not able to hold these services in church, then we will do so on-line as we have throughout the year. Please keep watching our website and church notice boards for details of these services as we are able to confirm our plans. The Barrow and Wolds Group of churches website can be found at www.barrowandwoldsgroup.com

Christmas Services in Church (Subject to COVID Restrictions)

 

Christmas Eve

11.30pm – Holy Trinity, Barrow-upon-Soar (also available on-line)

11.30pm – St Mary’s, Wymeswold

 

Christmas Day

08.30am – St Mary’s, Walton le Wolds

10.00am – St Andrew’s, Prestwold

10.30am – Holy Trinity Barrow-upon-Soar (also available on-line)

In this 16th year of the annual Christmas Tree Festival, we are launching our first “Virtual Christmas Tree Festival” with its own dedicated website. Although we would have preferred to have hosted the festival at Holy Trinity as usual, this is an opportunity for a first. We feel blessed to be part of the Barrow-upon-Soar Christmas traditions and hope that we can still provide some well needed festive cheer in the lead up to Christmas.  To find out more and get involved visit www.barrowchristmastreefestival.com

Finally, at the heart of our discipleship, as followers of Jesus Christ, is prayer and the people, communities and villages of the Barrow and Wolds Group are always in our daily prayers. I pray that you may have a blessed and joyful Christmas and a peaceful and hope-filled New Year.

May the joy of the angels,

the eagerness of the shepherds,

the perseverance of the wise men,

the obedience of Joseph and Mary,

and the peace of the Christ child

be yours this Christmas;

and the blessing of God almighty,

the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit,

be among us and remain with us always.

Amen.

With every blessing for this Christmas season,

Rev’d Clive R Watts

Priest in Charge

Barrow and Wolds Group