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We have our usual range of Christmas services and activities taking place this year:
Saturday, 9th December Christingle Messy Church
Our usual two hours of crafts, puzzles and other activities plus a Bible story, song or two and prayer all washed down by a cold buffet together but with a focus on Christmas.
Sunday, 17th December - 10.00am - Christingle Service
A rather informal service for all the family with the opportunity for everyone to make a Christingle. And if you don't know what a Christingle is, it's one of these.
Find out more at the service.
Offerings given at this service are are given to the Children's Society.
Sunday, 17th December - 7.00pm - Carols by “Candlelight”
This is a traditional carol service for all the family with well-known carols and Bible readings.
Because of safety requirements we cannot use candles but have 'glo-sticks' instead to create a more atmospheric environment.
And of course, the evening just has to be washed down with mince pies and liquid refreshments.
Sunday, 24th December - 4.00pm - Crib Service
A short service for the whole family with a few children's carols and a retelling of the Christmas story via a rather ad hoc nativity play.
Everyone (adults as well as children) is invited to come dressed as a character from the story so that they can take part in the play. And there is also room for Spiderman, Power Rangers, Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, pirates, cowboys...well you get the picture, come dressed up!
Sunday, 24th December - 11.30pm - Midnight Christmas Communion
A traditional Anglican Communion Service to welcome in Christmas Day.
Monday, 25th December - 10.00am - Christmas Day Family Communion Service
A short informal communion service to celebrate Christmas Day and if children wish to bring one or more toys that Santa has left for them, they are very welcome to do so. Hugh loves to discover what toys he is (in theory) too old to play with!
Giving Over the Christms Period
At our special Christmas services the Ladygrove Church has a tradition of giving to a specific charity nominated by a member of the church. This is usually a charity that has played a part in their lives in recent times.
This year we have chosen a charity which is dealing with a condition that has affected many of us both in the church and the wider community - Cancer Research UK. So our giving at the Carol Service, Crib Service, Midnight Communion and Christmas Day Communion will all be going to support their important work.