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Christmas services 2014 at a glance

News St Martin – Talking Points

Thursday 30 October 2014

Join us for Advent and Christmas at St Martin-in-the-Fields.

Sunday 30 November Advent Sunday

8.00am Holy Communion (BCP)
10.00am Eucharist
The first Advent Candle is lit. Preacher: Revd Richard Carter
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 The End of the World? With the Choir of St Martin-in-the-Fields. Preacher Revd Dr Sam Wells. 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 2 December

6.30pm Ronald McDonald House Charities Carols
Tickets available from 020 7188 0447 and on the door if available.


Wednesday 3 December

6.30pm Peabody Trust Carols
Details on ticketing will be announced soon.


Thursday 4 December
6.30pm 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 7 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 Advent Taizé
A reflective service using chants from the Taizé community focusing on the themes for Advent. Officiant: Revd Richard Carter


Monday 8 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 9 December
7.00pm Livability Carols
Tickets available from Livability www.livability.org.uk and on the door if available.


Wednesday 10 December

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


Saturday 13 December
11.00am Annual Memorial Service
For those bereaved through homicide. Preacher Revd Dr Sam Wells.


Sunday 14 December Advent 3

8.10am BBC Radio 4 Sunday Worship
“You Were There”
Sunday Worship explores the ministry of presence and celebrates the way Christian hope empowers and requires the witness of simply staying in places of challenge, distress, and deprivation, even when one has no wisdom to offer or solution to bring.   Preacher Revd Dr Sam Wells with the Choir of St Martin-in-the-Fields.  Either join us in church at 7.45am or listen on BBC Radio 4 at 8.10am
10.00am Eucharist
The third Advent Candle is lit. Preacher: Revd Will Morris
1.00pm Service in Mandarin
2.15pm Service in Cantonese
5.00pm Christmas in Blue – Jazz Carols
With the Choral Scholars of St Martin-in-the-Fields


Tuesday 16 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 the Revd Dr Sam Wells 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 17 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 21 December Advent 4

8.00am Holy Communion (BCP)
10.00am Eucharist
The fourth Advent Candle is lit. Preacher: Revd Dr Sam Wells
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 the 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.


Wednesday 24 December, Christmas Eve

2.00pm 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 1.30pm. No tickets required.
4.30pm & 7.00pm Parish Carol Service
A beautiful candlelit celebration of the Christmas story led by the Clergy of St Martin-in the-Fields with the Choir of St Martin-in the-Fields.  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.
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 Richard Carter


Thursday 25 December, Christmas Day

10.30am Eucharist
Preacher: Revd Katherine Hedderly
2.15pm Communion Service in Mandarin and Cantonese


Saturday 27 December

11.00am    Holy Innocents Vigil


Sunday 28 December

8.00am Holy Communion (BCP)
10.00am  Eucharist
Preacher: Revd Richard Carter
5.00pm Evening Prayer with hymns


Wednesday 31 December New Year’s Eve
1.00pm    The Gate of the Year: A sequence of words and music to welcome in 2015.


Sunday 4 January 2015

8.00am  Holy Communion (BCP)
10.00am Eucharist
5.00pm Epiphany Carol Service with the Choir of St Martin-in-the-Fields
With reflections led by Revd Dr Sam Wells