Holy Trinity is a hive of happy busyness at this time of year and we hope we have something for everyone this Advent.
This weekend has seen the start of the celebrations at our Christmas Tree Festival. Decorated trees and Nativity sets have been donated by many local organisations and families. Our hope was to create a traditional Christmas calm in the middle of the Christmas rush. The sounds, smells and sights within the church are beautiful so with the help of the community we have certainly achieved our aim. We’re open until 5.30pm tomorrow evening, concluding the weekend with a traditional Evensong service. Why not join us?
Tomorrow morning at 10am is our annual Toy Service where you are invited to bring a toy for a child who may not receive much this Christmas. The unwrapped gifts are placed at the altar during a hymn and we pray for those who will be receiving them. This is an all age service where we are joined by our uniformed groups. Everyone is welcome as always.
Christingle is on the 15th December. We begin at 5pm in the Trinity Centre where everyone is able to make their own Christingle. Why not join us to find out what each part represents? After tea and cake we will head over to church with our Christingles. It’s one of my favourite sights of the year as the lights are dimmed and we sing by the light of the Christingles.
The following Sunday evening sees the church lit again by candles for Carols by Candlelight. Join us on the 22nd at 6.30pm when we will be treated to a serene setting in this beautiful old building, lit by candles filling the centre aisle. Carols are sung by the choir and the congregation, reminding us that Christmas is just days away. Afterwards, mulled wine and mince pies are served in the Trinity Centre.
Finally Christmas arrives! The Crib Service on Christmas Eve begins at 3.30pm and is the perfect way to tell the story of Jesus’ birth. Every child is offered a crown or a halo as they enter the church so that they feel a part of the nativity as the story unfolds before them. We will of course share communion in services at 11.30pm on Christmas Eve and on Christmas morning at 10am. It is a great blessing to share Christmas morning with friends and strangers.
At whichever services you are able to join us, you can be assured of a warm welcome (this is of course true throughout the year too!). Everyone at Holy Trinity would like to wish you all a happy and blessed Christmas.
(Click here for a summary of our Christsmas services.)