Monthly Archives: December 2013

‘the wrong time of year for a journey’

So wrote Lancelot Andrewes in a Christmas sermon, and so quoted T S Eliot centuries later.  Tonight, as we prepare to re-tell the story of the journey to Bethlehem undertaken by Mary and Joseph, we remember in prayer all who travel on the roads in the current stormy conditions.

Heavenly Father,
You kept Mary and Joseph,
and the shepherds and the Magi
safe on their journeys;
Hear our prayer for those who travel
in perilous conditions on our roads;
hear our prayer for the emergency services
who seek to help those in trouble;
hear our prayer for all those who are far from home tonight.
In Jesus’s name.

Christmas Services at St Mary’s

Advent & Christmas Services

knitted nativity pic

Carol Service at Hardwick Dene
Wednesday 18th December at 3pm


Crib Service at 2.30pm – feel free to come dressed as a character from the nativity story (we have some spare costumes, though, just in case!)

‘Quiet Christmas’ service at 8.00pm – for all those who find the festive spirit of Christmas hard.

First Eucharist of Christmas at 11.30pm


Holy Communion from the Book of Common Prayer at 8am

Family Eucharist at 10am