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Advent and Christmas 2015 at St Martin’s

News St Martin – Talking Points

Friday 13 November 2015

Read the full list of our services over the Christmas period.

Sunday 29 November Advent Sunday

8.00am Holy Communion (BCP)
10.00am Eucharist: The first Advent Candle is lit. Preacher: Revd Dr Sam Wells
1.00pm Service in Mandarin
2.15pm Service in Cantonese
5.00pm Advent Carol Service
In words and music we explore our theme for Advent Experiments in Hope. With the Choir and Children’s  Voices of St Martin-in-the-Fields. Preacher Revd Rosemary Lain-Priestley. Doors open 4.15pm. No tickets required but the church is often full and you are advised to arrive in plenty of time to be certain of a seat.


Tuesday 1 December

6.30pm Ronald McDonald House Charities Carols
Tickets available from www.carolsbycandlelight2015.eventbrite.co.uk 020 7188 0447 and on the door if available.


Wednesday 2 December

7.00pm Peabody Trust Carols
Tickets on the door if still available.


Thursday 3 December

6.00pm Lighting of the Christmas Tree in Trafalgar Square
From 6.00pm come and join the Choir of St Martin-in-the-Fields to sing carols around the tree, the gift to London from the Norwegian people.


Sunday 6 December Advent 2

7.55am The BBC Radio 4 St Martin-in-the-Fields Christmas Appeal
Listen to BBC Radio 4 for our Christmas Appeal on behalf of those who are homeless
8.00am Holy Communion (BCP)
10.00am Eucharist
The second Advent Candle is lit. Preacher: Revd Katherine Hedderly
1.00pm Service in Mandarin (St Martin’s Hall)
2.15pm Service in Cantonese (St Martin’s Hall)
2.30pm Salvation Army Carol Service
5.30pm Blessing of the Crib in Trafalgar Square
Gather at the heart of this World Square for the blessing of the crib with figures inspired by Londoners from around the world.  Meet on the church steps at 5.20pm for a torch-lit procession to Trafalgar Square led by the Salvation Army Band with the Choir and Clergy of St Martin-in-the-Fields.
7.00pm Sacred Space for Advent
A reflective service using chants from the Taizé community focusing on the themes for Advent. Officiant: Revd Richard Carter


Monday 7 December

6.30pm Missing People Charity Carol Service
A service to remember all those who are missing and their families at Christmas.  Tickets available from www.missingpeople.org.uk and on the door if available.


Tuesday 8 December

7.00pm Livability Carols
Tickets available from Livability www.livability.org.uk and on the door if available.


Wednesday 9 December

7.00pm Transport for London Festival of Carols
Admission by souvenir programme available on the door.


Saturday 12 December
11.00am Annual Memorial Service
For those bereaved through homicide. Preacher Revd Richard Carter.


Sunday December Advent 3

8.10am BBC Radio 4 Sunday Worship
Paying Attention
BBC Radio 4 will broadcast live Sunday Worship from St Martin’s on the theme Paying Attention. We will consider where God in Christ is to be found, and how to develop the practice of attention in seeking Christ in others. The service will be led by Revd Katherine Hedderly and the preacher is Revd Dr Sam Wells.
10.00am Eucharist The third Advent Candle is lit. Preacher: Revd Richard Carter
1.00pm Service in Mandarin
2.15pm Service in Cantonese
5.00pm Carol Service – On Christmas Night
With music by Bob Chilcott, sung by the Choral Scholars of St Martin-in-the-Fields.


Tuesday 15 December

6.30pm Community Carols
The Christmas story told in carols and readings, through the voices of those who live and work around Trafalgar Square led by Revd Alastair McKay with the Choral Scholars of St Martin-in-the- Fields. Doors open 5.45pm. All are welcome. No tickets required but come early to be certain of a seat.


Wednesday 16 December

6.30pm Shelter Carol Service
The Christmas story is told of the birth of Jesus in a stable in carols, poems and readings and the housing and homelessness charity reflect on what it means for people today when there is “no room at the inn.”


Sunday 20 December Advent 4

8.00am Holy Communion (BCP)
10.00am Eucharist
The fourth Advent Candle is lit. Preacher: Revd Jonathan Evans
5.00pm   Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols
The story of the birth of Jesus is told in this service of readings and music. Traditional carols are mixed with a variety of choir pieces as we explore the significance of the Christian story for us and what it means for us to welcome God who comes to us in the child of Bethlehem. Led by Revd Dr Sam Wells and the Choir of St Martin-in-the- Fields. Doors open 4.15pm. No tickets required but the church is often full and you are advised to arrive in plenty of time to be certain of a seat.


Thursday 24 December, Christmas Eve

1.30pm Crib Family Service
Led by the Clergy of St Martin-in-the- Fields. A lively service of readings and carols particularly suitable for younger members of the family and including the Blessing of the Crib. Doors open at 12.45pm

4.30pm       Parish Carol Service
& 7.00pm  A beautiful candlelit celebration of the Christmas story led by the Clergy of St Martin-in the-Fields with the St Martin’s Voices (4.30pm) and the

Choir of St Martin-in the-Fields (7.00pm). No tickets required but the church is often full and you are advised to arrive in plenty of time to be certain of a seat. Due to growing numbers wishing to attend this service we will be holding two services this year. Doors open at 3.45pm and at 6.15pm. Preacher: Revd Dr Sam Wells

11.00pm Midnight Mass

The climax of all our Advent preparation and Christmas worship as we light the Christmas candle and welcome the Christ child. Led by the Clergy and Choir of St Martin-in the-Fields. No tickets required. Preacher: Revd Katherine Hedderly


Friday 25 December, Christmas Day

10.30am Eucharist
Preacher: Revd Richard Carter
2.15pm Communion Service in Mandarin and Cantonese


Sunday 27 December

8.00am Holy Communion (BCP)
10.00am  Eucharist
5.00pm Evening Prayer with hymns


Thursday 31 December New Year’s Eve
1.00pm    Great Sacred Music: The Gate of the Year