Follow the Star at Westbourne

#FollowTheStar is the Church of England’s 2018 Christmas campaign.

Thousands of Christmas services and events will be taking place in churches across the country in the run up to Christmas. 

"For many of us, Christmas brings up so many emotions, memories and expectations. We have one nativity story, but it can seem like we all have very different Christmases.

"For you it might be a time of joy and togetherness. Or perhaps it’s all about planning and to-do lists. Many others can find it a sad and lonely time – nagged by the feeling that your Christmas is not like those ‘perfect’ ones we see in the media.

"But just like the unexpected assortment of people who were invited to meet the baby 

Jesus, #FollowTheStar doesn’t ask you to be perfect. It says: come just as you are to take the life-changing Christmas journey."

Archbishops Justin Welby & John Sentamu

Follow the Star at Westbourne

St John the Baptist, Westbourne invites you to Follow the Star this Christmas by dedicating a star to friends and family.

Hand-crafted stars will be available in the church welcome area from Sunday 2 December 2018. Simply select a star and write your dedication of thanks, remembrance or prayer on the reverse. Stars will be hung in the church throughout Christmas and will remain on display until Epiphany 6 January 2019.

You are welcome to make and decorate your own star, if preferred, simply bring it with you to St John the Baptist (the church is open for visitors and worshippers outside of services).

Join us on 21 December 2018 at 6.00pm for mulled wine and mince pies in the churchyard when a very special star will be illuminated to shine out in Westbourne. 

Do join us for as many of our services as you are able to attend.

Sunday, 9 December         4.00pm    Christingle Service
Sunday, 16 December       9.30am    Service to include a Nativity presentation
                                         6.00pm    Woodmancote Carol Service
Sunday, 23 December        7.00pm   Nine Lessons and Carols
Monday, 24 December       4.00pm   Crib Service
                                        11.30pm   Christmas communion
Tuesday, 25 December    
Christmas Day                    8.00am and 9.30am (St John the Baptist) 
                                          11.15am (Woodmancote)

And do join us in the Square for Carols on Saturday 15 December 2018, with the Liss Brass Band.

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