Christmas is one of the most important festivals in the Christian calendar, and here at St Luke’s, we’re looking forward to some wonderful services and events over the festive period. We kick off with our annual candle-lit carol service on 14 December at 8pm. The St Luke’s choir will lead us in singing favourite hymns and carols, and wow us with some of their own stirring performances, too. Afterwards, there’ll be mulled wine and mince pies (it’s the congregation’s responsibility to provide the mince pies, so please buy or make extras to bring along).
The 11am service on 21 December will be given over to the children’s nativity play. The kids are rehearsing hard, and we’ve been promised a fun and creative rendition of the Christmas story. Based on previous years’ efforts, this is not to be missed!
After Sunday morning services during December, there’ll be stalls selling church members’ handmade and fairtrade gifts, from books to jewellery, and crafts to Palestinian olive oil products. So if you’ve got presents to buy, bring your wallet. (Don’t forget our regular Traidcraft stall for Christmas goodies, too – visit http://www.saintlukeschurch.org.uk/2014/11/16/fight-poverty-go-fairtrade-this-christmas/ )
On 24 December at 11.30pm, we gather at St Luke’s for midnight mass. We’ll see in Christmas day with a beautiful candle-lit service, and more evocative performances from the choir. There’ll be an opportunity to remember and pray for absent friends, who we often miss more than ever at this time of year.
On Christmas morning, there’ll be a family service at 10.30am (earlier than usual, so you can get home to put the dinner on). It’s a joyous all-age gathering to kick off the big day with a celebration of the true meaning of Christmas.
We’ll be back in church on 28 December at 11am for our usual Sunday morning all-age worship service.
Whether you’re a regular at St Luke’s, an occasional visitor or you’ve never joined us before, you’ll find a warm welcome at all our services over the festive period. Season’s greetings to everyone in the parish of St Luke’s, West Holloway, and beyond.