And, behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt call his name JESUS.  (St Luke 1.31.)

The beginning of the church year, Advent is the period starting four weeks before Christmas.  During this time, we anticipate the birth of our Saviour, Jesus Christ.  Beginning on the First Sunday of Advent, the Advent Wreath (see the picture, left) is progressively lit one candle at a time.  This is symbolic of the approaching light we see as we get closer to Christmas Day.  

The Advent Wreath Daily Devotions (PDF)    
Resource for the use of an Advent Wreath at home, including how to make and use your own Advent Wreath

Another great resource for families this Advent is The Jesse Tree [external link]. This set of activities includes Bible stories and crafts for each day leading up to Christmas. Come along to our YouTube channel to join Fr. Chris.


Unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given.  Isaiah 9. 6.  

Christmas (Dec 25) is the day when we celebrate the birth of our Redeemer, Jesus Christ.  In the church calendar, Christmastide begins on Christmas Eve and continues the next 12 days until January 5th - the day before the Epiphany of our Lord.  Each year, the typical Christmas services are as below. 

To ensure this year's services are the same, check out the "Service Times" page in December.  

December 24 - Christmas Eve     

7:00pm      Family Eucharist     
11:00pm    Solemn Eucharist  

December 25 - Christmas Day     

10:00am    Christmas Day Eucharist
5:00pm      Evening Prayer  

December 26 - Feast of St. Stephen the Martyr     

8:30am      Holy Eucharist (in the chapel)     
5:00pm      Evening Prayer  

December 27 - Feast of St. John the Evangelist    

8:30am       Holy Eucharist (in the chapel)
5:00pm       Evening Prayer

December 28 - The Holy Innocents    

8:30am       Holy Eucharist (in the chapel)
5:00pm       Evening Prayer