Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols 17th Dec 6.30pm

A wonderful celebration of the “Joy of Christ’s Coming”: we begin in darkness as the procession of the St. Mary’s Church Choir and Clergy travels from west to east as we would journey to where Christ was born – bringing light into the world.


St Mary’s Christmas Services 2017

Nine Lessons and Carols Service 18th Dec 6.30pm

Nine Lessons and Carols

Christmas Services 2016

Christmas 2016

Riding Lights Theatre Company Performing “Simeon’s Watch” 7.30pm Fri 9th Dec


Riding Lights Theatre Company presents
A family adventure before Christmas
by Bridget Foreman

Simeon’s Watch is an engaging new play for a family audience about… family.
A delightful story about what growing old might mean, about being surprised, remembering love and discovering hope.

About the Show
Riding Lights has an outstanding reputation for creating wonderfully entertaining shows that at their heart address important issues. Simeon’s Watch is no exception.  It tells an inspiring story of family life that embraces three generations of shepherds – grandparent, parent and teenager. Their story links with the familiar story of the anticipation of the birth of Christ.   At the same time, it gently, amusingly, movingly explores the demands of growing old.
It shows the transformation that can come when both young and old bring acceptance to what is becoming a normal part of the adventure of family life.
By offering hope and joy, the play helps us all in our understanding of relationships that will always remain precious, however they may change.
Responding to the increasing challenge that declining mental health causes to families and indeed churches, Riding Lights has spent time with various groups exploring ways in which particular communication skills can transform these relationships.  Some of the insights we have discovered together are woven into the narrative of Simeon’s Watch.
“Simeon’s Watch will appeal to a wide age-range but still remain captivating for older children (10 yrs and above).  It will certainly deliver a performance to bring great delight to any church community in the build-up to the Advent and Christmas season.”

7.30pm Friday 9th December 2016

Tickets £12 full / £10 concession available from St Mary’s Church Office or via the Riding Lights website ridinglights/simeon or ring their box office 01904 613000.


Advent Carol Service 29th Nov 6.30pm

Advent Service of Lessons and CarolsDo bring a friend to this beautiful & reflective service, that uses readings, hymns & choral music to introduce the Advent season of prayerful expectation of Christ’s coming to His people.

A Very Merry Christmas and a Blessed New Year!

Thankyou to you all for your Christmas Greetings – and a very Merry Christmas and a Blessed New Year to you all from Jane, the Verger and Alison, the Church Administrator.


Christmas at St Mary’s

For details of our Services over the Christmas Period please see the Christmas Cards and posters in church as well as our What’s On page

or call the church office 01403 253762

Key Christmas Services and Events are:

Sunday 21st December – 6.30 pm Service of Nine Lessons & Carols

Tuesday 23rd December: 3.30pm – 5pm Family Nativity Craft Party in the Church Centre and 5.30 pm Candlelight Service and Blessing of the Crib

Wednesday 24th December – Christmas Eve – 5.30 pm Candlelight Service and Blessing of the Crib and 11.15 pm The Midnight Mass

Thursday 25th December – Christmas Day: 8.00 am Holy Communion (Traditional Service with Carols) and 9.30 am Christmas Celebration Communion


Christmas Services at St Mary's Epiphany Services in Church 21st Dec – 4th Jan