Advent and Christmas

Come and join us for Advent and Christmas services

A printable list of Christmas services will be available in the December parish magazine. 

Service times













28 November 2021

18:00 Advent Carol Service. 


11 December 2021

18:00 Carols in the Square, Westbourne, with the Liss Brass Band

There will be a collection for Stonepillow.


12 December 2021 

09:30 Nativity Service

18:00 Woodmancote Carol Service

Booking required at


17 December 2021

18:00 Service of Nine Lessons and Carols (1)
(Led by the adult choir) 
There will be a retiring collection for Christian Aid


19 December 2021 

18:00 Service of Nine Lessons and Carols (2)
(Led by the junior choir)
There will be a retiring collection for Christian Aid


24 December 2021 - Christmas Eve

15:00 Crib Service (come in costume if you wish)
There will be a retiring collection for The Children’s Society

23:30 Midnight Service

This will be a service of Communion, with Carols
- Hymns: It came upon the midnight clear (70); Silent Night (84); O little  town of Bethlehem (79); Away in a manger (60); Hark! the herald  angels sing (66) 
- Readings:  Isaiah 9: 2-7; Titus 2: 11-14; Luke 2: 1-16
- Voluntary: In dulci Jubilo BWV 729 J S Bach 

Collect for Christmas Eve 

Eternal God, who made this most holy night to shine with the brightness  of your one true light: bring us, who have known the revelation of that  light on earth, to see the radiance of your heavenly glory; through Jesus  Christ your Son our Lord, who is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of  the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen. 


25 December 2021 - Christmas Day

08:00 & 09:30 Services at St John the Baptist Church, Westbourne, 11.15am Service at Woodmancote
8.00am Holy Communion (BCP)  (Revd Andrew Doye)

9.30am Christmas Communion, with Carols  (Revd Andrew Doye, preaching Martin Brown)

- Hymns: Joy to the world (72); Advent Candle (42 v5); See him lying on a  bed of straw (82); In the bleak midwinter (68); O come, all ye faithful (78) Readings: Isaiah 52: 7-10; Hebrews 1: 1-4; John 1: 1-14 
- Readings:  Isaiah 52: 7-10; Hebrews 1: 1-4; John 1: 1-14
- Voluntary: In dir ist Freude BWV 615 J S Bach 

11.15am Holy Communion, with Carols at Woodmancote (Revd Andrew Doye)

- Carols: Hark, the herald angels (15); Away in a manger (4); See, amid  the winter snow (31); Infant holy, infant lowly (18) [No.’s in Carol Book] 

Collect for Christmas Day
Almighty God, you have given us your only begotten Son to take our nature upon him and as at this time to be born of a  pure virgin: grant that we, who have been born again and made your children by  adoption and grace, may daily be renewed by your Holy Spirit; through Jesus  Christ our Lord. Amen 


26 December 2021 - First Sunday of Christmas

09:30 Holy Communion (said) (Tevd Andrew Doye)

- Readings: 1 Samuel 2: 18-20, 26; Colossians 3: 12-17; Luke 2: 41-52 

Collect for the First Sunday of Christmas
Almighty God, who wonderfully  created us in your own image and yet more wonderfully restored us through  your Son Jesus Christ: grant that, as he came to share in our humanity, so we  may share the life of his divinity; who is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of  the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen. 


Sunday 2 January 2021 – For Epiphany 

8.00am Holy Communion (BCP) (Revd Bill McCoubrey)

9.30am Sung Morning Prayer (Martin Brown) 

- Hymns: See, amid the winter’s snow (83); Thou who wast rich (87); We  three kings (105); O worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness (103) 
- Readings: Isaiah 60: 1-6; Ephesians 3: 1-12; Matthew 2: 1-12 
- Voluntary: Hymnus A solis ortus cardine by Jean Titelouze

Collect for Epiphany
Eternal Lord, our beginning and our end: bring us  with the whole creation to your glory, hidden through past ages and  made known in Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen 


Private prayer

The Parish Church is open for private prayer between 10.00am & 3.00pm.


Resources for Advent

Excellent resources by which to celebrate the present season: Visual Commentary on Scripture offers an online Advent Calendar with daily reflections on wonderful works of art.

The Bishop of Chichester leads a daily online pilgrimage to the Holy Land - the link opens a new window on SoundCloud.


Covid-19 public health measures update

December 2021: following the increased infection with the Omicron variant we announce these precautions in our churches.

1. Masks to be worn please (unless exempt) at all services; including for congregational singing.

2. Worshippers are encouraged to take a lateral flow test before coming to any of our larger services: 09.30s; Woodmancote 11.15; both Carol Services (17 and 19); and ‘Midnight’.

3. Please fully respect the need and comfort of others, allowing space. 

4. Please expect ventilated churches (and dress with this in mind!).

5. Choir to wear masks when not leading the singing.

6. Post-service refreshments to be cancelled (initially for 19, 26 December 2021 and 2 January 2022).

7. We do NOT at this stage require bookings for Services.


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