2021 Christmas Services: "Songs of hope"

02 Nativity Service

This year, our Christmas theme is "Songs of hope".  Starting from some popular Christmas songs (which we will probably be sick of come Christmas) but that capture something of what people want from Christmas, we see how the birth of Jesus gives us real and living hope in times of joy and times of darkness.

For those who cannot attend in person, many of the services will be streamed on our YouTube channel holytrinity.tv . Here are the services in summary. More details below.

All Age Nativity 10:30am Sunday 19th December
Candlelit Carol Service 6:30pm Sunday 19th December
Christingle 4pm Friday 24th December
Carols and Communion 8:30pm Friday 24th December

Christmas Morning
 
8:30am Communion
10:30am Family Celebration
Sunday 26th December No morning service
6:30pm Communion Service with carols 

The services with bold times will (God-willing) be live-streamed on our Youtube Channel holytrinity.tv

Nativity Service

10:30am, Sunday 19th December 

An informal nativity service for all ages. People often come dressed up to take part in the scratch-nativity. You could come as an angel, shepherd, sheep or wise-man/woman. 

"Last Christmas I gave you my heart": In a fickle world of broken promises, broken hearts and broken families, to whom do we give our heart? Are we groping about in the darkness for answers? What about God's heart? Who does he give it to? Come along, join in, and find out.

Candlelit Carol Service

6:30pm, Sunday 19th December

Our most popular service of the year. Candle-light, subtle lighting, and a mix of classic and contemporary carols interspersed with Christmas Bible readings. 

"All I want for Christmas is you": Christmas is often a time of great longing. But what does God long for? How much does he want you and I?

Christmas Eve Christingle Service

4pm, Friday 24th December

The family favourite. Oranges, candles, cocktail-sticks and sweets ... and of course children friendly carols.

"It's the most wonderful time of the year": What makes Christmas such a wonderful time of the year? But also what makes it the hardest time of the year for so many? Come and find out how the Christingle can help us understand in this 45 minute service!

Carols and Communion

8:30pm, Friday 24th December

A more reflective service of carols, readings and Holy Communion.

"I'll be home for Christmas": We all have a longing for home and yet even at home there can be a deep sense of dissatisfaction - that we are never quite fully home.  Come and hear what God has done to bring us truly home.

Christmas Day

8:30am, Communion Service

Get the day in focus with a quiet and shorter, reflective early(ish) morning communion service. 

10:30am All Age Christmas Celebration.

Does what it says on the tin. We celebrate the birth of Jesus with a 45min (ish) service suitable for all ages. 
"I wish it could be Christmas every day": Really? For some people it would be a disaster. We need special days. But what is Christmas actually all about? And how can we have the spirit of Christmas every day?

Sunday 26th December

No morning service

Communion Service. 6:30pm 

Carols. Readings. Communion. And time to reflect...
"I believe in Father Christmas / Christmas Lights": We reflect on the disjunction between the Christmas cards and the reality. Yet the ugly reality was there that very first Christmas, and God was in it!