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Christmas at St John's - 2017

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Christmas is a wonderful time and everyone is invited to join us as we celebrate this fantastic occasion, which lies at the heart of our Christian beliefs. This year we have something for everyone from the joyous Christingle service, our traditional Carols by Candlelight, a Midnight in Bethlehem service with carols on Christmas Eve and our Parish Christmas Morning Service with carols. Everyone is warmly welcome to all or some of these services, whether regular churchgoers or not.

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Why not watch our short video, Christmas Countdown, from the Diocese of St Albans. Where will your preparations take you this Christmas?

Wednesday 13th December 2017

12:30

A Carol Service for Watford Businesses

On Wednesday 13th December we will have a lunchtime Christmas carol service giving you the chance to take some time out of your busy day, sing your favourite carols and enjoy a mince pie or two. This event has been kindly supported by Rennie and Co. to help spread some festive cheer at this very busy time of year. Please do come along and bring your friends to what will surely be a festive filled lunch break.
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Sunday 17th December 2017

10:30

Parish Mass (3rd Sunday of Advent)

Advent is the season of expectant waiting for the coming of Christmas. On this the third Sunday in Advent, our Parish Mass is a service of anticipation for the coming festivities. During the service we will sing traditional Advent hymns. It is followed by coffee and biscuits, a time of relaxed chatting with friends.

18:30

Carols by Candlelight

Our traditional and ever-popular service of carols and readings will take place in our candlelit church, and we sing traditional and popular carols. You are warmly welcomed to join us for this service which forms a central part of our Christmas celebrations. Mulled wine and mince pies will be served after the service. This service is free of charge - please join us for this wonderful opportunity to start the Christmas season.

Sunday 24th December 2017

10:30

Parish Mass (4th Sunday of Advent)

Advent is the season of expectant waiting for the coming of Christmas. On this last Sunday in Advent, our Parish Mass is a subdued service of anticipation for the coming festivities. It is a poignant time for reflection and hope before the Christmas celebrations. During the service we will sing traditional Advent hymns. It is followed by coffee and biscuits, a time of relaxed chatting with friends.

16:00

Christingle Service

A great service for all the family. Come and see the true meaning of Christmas revealed by an orange, candle, ribbon and sweets (a Christingle). We light our Christingle during the service whilst singing our favourite carols. This popular and traditional family celebration is only about 40 minutes long and is enjoyed by all members of the family. Nobody's too old for a Christingle!!!

20:00

Midnight in Bethlehem Mass with Carols

You are warmly welcomed to our Midnight Mass service at the earlier time of 8pm - reflecting that it will be nearing Midnight in the Holy City of Bethlehem, where Jesus was born. This service is ideal for all those who love Midnight Mass but find it’s just too late! Come along and join us for this most meaningful and beautiful service of the year. The service will include traditional Christmas Carols and be followed by mince pies and mulled wine.

Monday 25th December 2017

10:00

Parish Mass with Carols

Traditional Christmas carols are used to mark this most festive of mornings.

11:30

Parish Mass (in Polish)

Traditional parish mass for Christmas in Polish language.

Christmas Newsletter

Our latest newsletter has just been published, with details of our Christmas services and other social/community events.
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Christmas Services at St John's

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A list of our Christmas services can be found on our Christmas page. These include our Carol Service for Watford Businesses, Carols by Candlelight, and family Christingle service.

Watch our Christmas Video

Video iconWe hope you enjoy our short video, Christmas Countdown, from the Diocese of St Albans. Where will your preparations take you this Christmas?