Details for Advent & Christmas 2021 will be published in October

Christmas 2020

Due to the Coronavirus crisis, it has not been possible this year to plan all our usual services and events at All Saints over Advent & Christmas. A limited number of services have been organised across our Deanery using safety guidance from the National Church.

We will continue to broadcast “Worship from Home Services”, including a Christmas Day Service, these can be accessed by visiting our online worship page which is updated every week.

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Advent and Christmas 2020 reflections

29th November to 2nd January

Welcome from the Archbishops of Canterbury and York

Christmas this year will feel different. The family gatherings may well be smaller. For at least some of us, we may be joining in the familiar carols online rather than in church. But it will still be – as always – a time to care for one another and to be together.

It will be a time to look back on a year when so much has changed. To remember those who have died, to support those who have
lost jobs, to be thankful for all who have cared for the sick and the vulnerable.

What has not changed is the story and the meaning of Jesus’ birth. God is with us. With us in the mess as in the good, in the disappointment and the difficulty, in sorrow and in celebration.

“Comfort and Joy”, like a traditional carol service, offers you nine lessons and carols and, with the help of a variety of contributors, an opportunity to hear again the story and reflect on its meaning in this time of challenge.

We pray that as you journey through the Christmas season you will know that Jesus journeys with you.
May you know God’s comfort and, in whatever your circumstances, be surprised by God’s joy.

You are invited

There will be weekly reflections published on social media and available by email and app for each Sunday of Advent. We have partnered with a number of public figures to produce short reflections exploring the theme. Comfort and Joy: Nine Lessons and Carols for Christmas mirrors the structure of a traditional carol service, exploring both biblical texts and the words of much-loved Christmas carols.

The reflections for each day from Christmas Day to 2 January feature contributions from Kate Bottley, Jonathan Bryan, Bob Chilcott, Martha Collison, Stephen Cottrell, Guli Francis-Dehqani, Chine McDonald, Sally Phillips and Justin Welby.

They are available freely via audio, smart speaker, as well as via app and email formats with accompanying prayer activities for children and families.

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