Advent & Christmas 2020

 

 

 

An image of the star of David on St Andrews, Mells porch.

The Collect for the First Sunday of Advent 

ALMIGHTY God, give us grace that we may cast away the works of darkness, and put upon us the armour of light, now in the time of this mortal life, in which thy Son Jesus Christ came to visit us in great humility; that in the last day, when he shall come again in his glorious Majesty, to judge both the quick and the dead, we may rise to the life immortal; through him who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Ghost, now and ever. Amen.

Advent and Christmas ideas and resources

This Christmas the Church will need, in the words of St Paul in Romans 12.15, to ‘Rejoice with those who rejoice; weep with those who weep’. We will aim to celebrate where we can together in one place – but also embrace a wider community that wants to join in the celebration but may not be physically able – or emotionally ready – to do so.

Comfort and Joy this Christmas 

The national Church and the diocese will be providing resources and reflections which link to this year’s theme of Comfort and Joy. The different resources will support worship in schools, in churches and at home. Find out more

What are our plans to date ?

Following the latest guidelines set out by the government these are our plans to date 

Christmas services 

We are planning, unless things change,  several services over Christmas as follows:

20 Dec Crib Service  Buckland Dinham 3pm 

Christmas Eve Midnight Mass in Mells 2330 

Christmas Day 1000 Holy Communion Christmas Day at St George’s Whatley . 

27 Dec 1100 Holy Communion at Holy Trinity Chantry .

The Crib service , midnight mass and Christmas day will all be ticketed as we have to limit the numbers due to Covid . The links for tickets will be published on the calendar  by 14 Dec. It will on a first come first served basis .

 

Below are more resources, ideas and events 

Advent 

 Advent series at St Andrews and on Zoom 

Our Advent retreat each Wed  in Dec starting on 2 Dec. Each session lasts no more than 30 mins .

Here is an introduction to the sessions (below) which you might like to listen to it in preparation. The link will be emailed to everyone the each Mon so folk can watch it anytime if Wed 6pm is not convenient . It would be good to meet in church if possible so we can pray together.

https://pray-as-you-go.org/p/s/3021

 

 

 

We are making a benefice-wide online traditional carol service which will be broacast around 20 Dec on Utube - details to follow.

  • There will worship in St Andrews each Sunday of  Advent at 10.00 as well as being on Zoom. Please email Rob Waller (rob_waller@mac.com) for the link 
  • The diocesan Go team for children and young people are producing a Journey to Christmas which begins on 1 December. Daily videos will feature familiar faces from around the Diocese of Bath and Wells playing nativity characters telling the Christmas story. 
  • Look out for Wells Cathedral’s Virtual Advent Calendar, for a daily musical treat to help you count down to Christmas! With advent carols old and new sung by the Cathedral Choir, and some festive organ works, this is the perfect way to mark the season of Advent. Find out more on the Wells Cathedral website .
  • Here is an excellent seres of short daily reflections for Advent
  • On December 5 and 6, South West Carols hopes to host the biggest nativity and carols event in the South West. A number of local church schools are taking part, together with local musicians, young people from around the region and the London Community Gospel Choir. Find out more.
  • You are invited to join Send a Cow's online Christmas celebration 10 December. Celebrating their work with farmers to combat the effects of climate change. 
  • You can also download Send a Cow's free Church Christmas resources
  • Movement  which brings young people together to meet with God in prayer, are hosting a special Movement 'End of Year Celebration' online from 6pm on 13 December.
  • 'Share Joy' - A National Christingle Service from The Children’s Society, 13 December at 9am.

Christmas 

      Please go to our calendar page for worship in the benefice. 

  • The Environment team has produced a guide to having a green Christmas.
  • Wells Cathedral will  be filming some Christmas services, and Bishop Ruth plans to film a Christmas morning service for those who are isolating at home, which we’ll show on the diocesan website .