Advent & Christmas 2019

 Those who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength, they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint. (Isaiah 40: 31)

Advent marks the beginning of the church year. It is a time for reflection in darkness, for renewal of hope and for a movement towards a beginning.

The season of Advent, as it first emerged in the Church in the fourth and fifth centuries, lasted, like Lent, for 40 days. Later tradition developed the Advent we know today, of four Sundays before Christmas Day.

The word Advent simply means ‘coming’ – it’s the season when Christians remember that God came to earth to be born as the Christ child, Jesus.

God also promised that Jesus will come again at the end of time to heal all the world’s hurts and divisions. Advent remembers this amazing promise, so it’s a time of hope, of getting ready, and expectation.

Waiting is hard, but Christmas is worth waiting for – it’s a special time, and at its heart is a gift of love from God to the world. Talk about which things about Christmas are hard to wait for and which are worth saving until the day.

(Alll events at St Thomas à Becket’s Church unless otherwise stated) 

Sunday mornings in Advent (December 1st , 8th , 15th )

8.00am  Holy Communion

9.45am  Parish Eucharist

Sunday morning  December 22nd

8.00am    Morning Prayer

9.45am    Parish Eucharist

Sunday evenings in Advent 4.00pm

1st  December  Advent Carols & Readings

8th  December  Christingle

15th December  Evening Prayer (Common Worship)

22ndDecember  Compline

Weekdays in Advent

Tuesdays 3rd  and 17th      7.00pm   Eucharist

Tuesday 10th                 7.00pm  Evening Prayer

Wednesdays 4th,11th,18th   10.00am  Holy Communion

Wednesdays 4th,11th,18th   7.00pm   Compline

Carol Services

Tuesday 17th  December 7.30pm –  Carols at The Bear Inn

Thursday 19th December 7.30pm –  Chichester Voices Choir

Christmas Eve

4.00pm       Crib Service

11.30pm     Midnight Eucharist

Christmas Day

8.00am       Holy Communion

9.45am       Family Eucharist

Sunday 29th December  First Sunday of Christmas

8.00am       Morning Prayer

9.45am       Parish Eucharist

4.00pm       Christmas Carols

Sunday 5th January The Epiphany

8.00am       Holy Communion

9.45am       Family Eucharist Eucharist

4.00pm       Evening Prayer

Sunday 12th January Baptism of Christ

8.00am       Holy Communion

9.45am       Parish Eucharist

4.00am       Celtic Prayer