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26th December 2021 and 2nd January 2022


Happy Christmas

From everyone at St Mary's we wish you a very happy Christmas and every blessing for the New Year!


Join us this weekend to celebrate Christmas:

Christmas Eve

6pm Crib Service

11:30pm Midnight Mass

Christmas Day

8am Eucharist

10am Choral Eucharist

Boxing Day

10am Eucharist for the Feast of St Stephen

You can also join us via our YouTube Channel > or view our upcoming services here>

Bible Readings:

Midnight Mass and Christmas Day 8am

Christmas Day 10am

26th December 2021

Eucharist setting: St Thomas


Crib Service, Christmas Eve 6pm

Come along to our family Crib Service and Blessing of the Crib. This year we are having a scratch nativity and we invite your little ones to come dressed for the occasion! Marys and Josephs, angels, shepherds, sheep, kings, inn keepers....all welcome! The more the merrier.

This is a very popular service and so we are asking that you sign up in advance to help us manage numbers.


Services in the New Year

Normal service resumes on Sunday 2nd January, plus join us on Thursday 6th January as we celebrate the arrival of the wise men at the Epiphany.

Sunday 2nd January

8am Eucharist

10am Choral Eucharist

Thursday 6th January

7:30pm Eucharist for The Epiphany


Godly Play

There will be no Godly Play on Sunday 26th December and Sunday 2nd January. We will resume on Sunday 9th January.


Covid Update December 2021

From December 15th it is mandatory for visitors to our church to wear a face covering unless exempt. This includes when we are gathered for worship. We have always recommended the wearing of masks so this constitutes little change in practice. Our pre-existing measures around Holy Communion will not change. Our choir (who sing without a mask) take Covid tests before each service (see below for more information on our choir and Covid safety measures). Please do get in touch with one of our wardens if you would like to discuss our risk assessments.


100 Club

Congratulations to all the winners from our 100 club:

  • £100 Bruce Cockburn

  • £50 Ann Elliott

  • £30 Nigel Robinson


A Big Thank You from Dot and Carol

Thank you everyone for the very generous gift each of us received on our retirement. Working in the office was always something we both really enjoyed doing and it was such a privilege to support our church in this way. You always made us feel appreciated and it was a very special time for both of us. Thanks again and we hope you all have a lovely Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Love and best wishes to everyone at St Mary’s. Dot and Carol



Friday 24th December

Christmas Eve

6pm Crib Service

11.30pm Midnight Mass

Saturday 25th December

Christmas Day

8am Holy Communion

10am Choral Eucharist

Sunday 26th December

Feast of St Stephen

No 8am Holy Communion

10am Choral Eucharist

Monday 27th December

John the Evangelist

No Toddler Group

Tuesday 28th December

Holy Innocents

No 9am Morning Prayer

Wednesday 29th December

Thomas Becket

No 9am Morning Prayer

No 10:30am Holy Communion

Thursday 30th December

No 9am Morning Prayer

Sunday 2nd January

2nd Sunday of Christmas

8am Holy Communion

10am Choral Eucharist

Looking ahead....

Wednesday 5th January

9am Morning Prayer

10.30am Holy Communion

7.30pm Standing Committee via zoom

Thursday 6th January

The Epiphany

9am Morning Prayer

7.30pm Choral Eucharist


For Your Prayers

Your Prayers are requested for

  • Heather Rivers

  • Lucinda and children

  • Rhona and Douglas Lawrie

  • Martin Cooper

  • Alison Young

  • Ron House

  • Maggie Hollis

  • Daniel

  • Jean Woodruff

Rest in Peace

  • Stuart Hall RIP

  • Anne Otter RIP

Rest in Peace Anniversary

  • Nancy Porteous RIP

The flowers in church on Sunday 26th December are in memory of Nancy Porteous.

Don’t forget, you can add someone to the prayer list by emailing or phoning as usual, but you need to get their permission before adding them to the sick list.

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Remember that News and notices from previous weeks are all available to read by clicking "notices" at the top of the page.

Services over Christmas

A reminder that there will be no 8am Service on 26th December and no midweek service at 10.30am on Wednesday 29th December.


Office closed over Christmas

The church office will be closed Wednesday 22nd December - Monday 3rd January inclusive.


Toddler Group

There will be no Toddler Group over the holidays - we look forward to seeing everyone back on Monday 10th January 2022.



There will be no email next week with news and notices. The next email will be on Friday 7th January 2022.


North East Homeless

Over Christmas we are collecting for North East Homeless charity. They provide support to those who vulnerable and homeless in our region. They also provide food and emergency equipment. Find out more about this charity and how to give via the link below.


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