St Mary’s is open every day from 9-5, during the holiday period, as always. Come and see the crib that was built by Messy Church.

Monday 12th December

7.00 pm – John Kyrle High School Carol Service – St Mary’s

Wednesday 14th December

4.00 pm – Oak House Christmas Service – St Mary’s

Thursday 15th December

1.00 – Walford School Carol Service – Walford Church

1.30 – Brampton Abbotts School Carol Service – St Mary’s

Sunday 18th December

8.00 am – Holy Communion – Ross

9.30 am – Sung Eucharist- Ross

6.00 pm – A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols by candlelight – Ross

This is the first of St Mary’s Christmas services. The structure of the service is the traditional service, 102 years old, from King’s College Cambridge. The choir features prominently in this service and there are plenty of well know carols to join in with.

The service takes place by candlelight and there is mulled wine and mince pies after the service. It’s usually standing room only by the time the service starts so come early. The service usually last for about an hour.

Monday 19th December

6.00 pm – Brampton Abbotts Carol Service – Brampton Abbotts Church

One of the very small number of services in the “closed” church at Brampton Abbotts each year. The service will last about an hour.

Tuesday 20th December

2.00 – A Quieter Carol Service (JustB) – St Mary’s

3.30 pm – Carols 2 – St Mary’s Garden Village

Thursday 22nd & Friday 23rd December

5.30 pm – Carols on the Green

We’re organising refreshments for this family focussed Christmas based sing-song in the church yard, outside the main door. Wrap up warm and come and enjoy the fun.

Christmas Eve

4.00 pm – Crib Service – Ross

This service is for young children and their families and is another “standing room only” event. As the service progresses the nativity scene is built at the front of the church as the travelling crib figures, which have been out around the parish in people’s homes during Advent, are brought to the manger by the children. This service lasts about 45 minutes.

4.00 pm – Crib Service – Walford

Another very popular service. A major feature of this is the scratch band that rehearses during the afternoon and leads the music. A very user friendly service for all, especially those with young children. The service will finish about 5.00 pm.

11.30 pm – “Midnight Mass” – Ross & Walford

The first service at St Mary’s of the Christmas Season proper. Midnight usually strikes just about as we sing “Ye Lord, we greet thee, born this happy morning” and there is a great atmosphere. As its name suggests this is a Communion service during which “full” members of the Church of England receive bread and wine at the altar.

The service is a great celebration with plenty of well known carols. The choir sings the sung parts of the service so there is no need to feel uncomfortable by being expected to sing tunes you might not know. This is a busy service which will last about an hour and a quarter.

Christmas Day

8.00 am – Holy Communion – Ross

A quiet service with no music, it lasts about 40 minutes

9.30 am – Live streamed Sung Eucharist – Ross

Another service with Communion. Music also features and is led by the choir. A strong feeling of celebration. The service will last about an hour.

9.30 am – Parish Communion- Walford

As above without a choir.

Sunday 1st January

8.00 am – Holy Communion – Ross

A quiet service with no music, it lasts about 40 minutes

9.30 am – Live streamed Benefice Eucharist – Ross

The service will last about an hour. The choir is on holiday. There is no service at Walford today.

Sunday 8th January (Epiphany)

8.00 am – Prayer Book Said Communion – St Mary’s
9.30 am – All Age Sung Eucharist – St Mary’s
9.30 am – Celtic Prayer – Walford
6.00 pm – Choral Evensong and Supper (Come & Sing) full details