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Worship for Advent and Christmas

News St Martin – Talking Points

Monday 24 September 2012

Join us as we prepare for and celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ in words, music and prayer.

Sunday 2 December – Advent Sunday

7.55am – The St Martin’s BBC Radio 4 Christmas Appeal – On behalf of those who are homeless. Listen on BBC Radio 4.

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

6.30pm – Advent Carol Service – In words and music we explore our theme for Advent “Coming, Ready or Not”. With the Choir of St Martin-in-the-Fields. Preacher: Revd Dr Sam Wells. Doors open 5.30pm. 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 4 December

6.30pm – Evenlina Family Trust Carols – Tickets available from Evelina Family Trust 02071880447 and on the door if available.


Wednesday 5 December

6.30pm – RCS Commonwealth Carol Service – Tickets from the Royal Commonwealth Society www.thercs.org/society/events 020 77660447


Thursday 6 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 9 December – Advent 2

8.00am – Holy Communion (BCP)

10.00am – Eucharist – The second Advent Candle is lit. Preacher: Revd Dr Sam Wells

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 – The crib designed by Tomoaki Suzuki 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.

6.30pm – Advent Taizé – A reflective service using chants from the Taizé community focussing on the themes for Advent. Officiant: Revd Richard Carter.


Monday 10 December

6.30pm – Missing People Charity Carol Service – To remember those who are missing at Christmas. In collaboration with the Missing Persons Bureau and the Chlid Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (CEOP). Readings by Sir Trevor McDonald OBE and families of missing people. Music by Rock Choir and the Choral Scholars of St- Martin-in-the-Fields. Tickets available from www.missingpeople.org.uk/carols and on the door if available.


Tuesday 11 December

7.00pm – Livability Carols – Tickets available from Livability 020 7452 2115 and on the door if available.


Wednesday 12 December

11.00am – BBC World Service 80th Anniversary Service of Thanksgiving – Tickets are available from the BBC website at http://www.bbc.co.uk/showsandtours/shows/shows/service_thanksgiving_12dec12

7.00pm – Transport for London festival of Carols – Admission by souvenir programme – available on the door. For more information contact 0300 333 2000.


Saturday 15 December

11.00am – Annual Memorial Service – For those bereaved through homicide.


Sunday 16 December – Advent 3

8.00am Holy Communion (BCP)

10.00am Eucharist – The third Advent Candle is lit. Preacher: Revd Katherine Hedderly

1.00pm – Service in Mandarin

2.15pm – Service in Cantonese

6.30pm – 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 significance of the Christian story for us and reflect on what it means for us to welcome the Christ child. Led by the Revd Dr Sam Wells and the Choir of St Martin-in-the-Fields. Doors open 5.30pm. No tickets required but the church fills quickly and you are advised to arrive in plenty of time to be certain of a seat.


Tuesday 18 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 Katherine Hedderly with the Choral Scholas of St Martin- in-the-Fields. Doors open 5.30pm. All are welcome. No tickets required but come early to be certain of a seat.


Wednesday 19 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.” Please note that this event is now full. For enquiries, call 020 7505 2246 or email georgi_peyok@shelter.org.uk 


Sunday 23 – December Advent 4

8.00am – Holy Communion (BCP)

10.00am – Eucharist – Joint service with English and Chinese speaking congregations. The fourth Advent Candle is lit. Preacher: Revd Dr Sam Wells

6.30pm – The Manchester Carols – An inspiring and magical contemporary retelling of the Christmas story, with words by poet laureate Carol Ann Duffy, set to music by Sasha Johnson Manning. With the Choral Scholars of St Martin-in-the-Fields.


Monday 24 December, Christmas Eve

2.30pm – 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 2.00pm. No tickets required.

6.30pm – Parish Carol Service – Led by the Clergy of St Martin-in-the-Fields. A candlelit service of words, music and reflections on the Christmas story with the Choir of St Martin-in-the-Fields. Doors open 5.30pm. No tickets required but the church fills quickly and you are advised to arrive in plenty of time to be certain of a seat.

11.30pm – 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. The mass setting is Mozart’s Mass in F. No tickets required. Preacher: Revd Richard Carter.


Tuesday 25 December, Christmas Day

10.30am – Eucharist – Preacher: Revd Katherine Hedderly

2.15pm – Communion Service in Mandarin and Cantonese


Friday 28 December

11.00am – Holy Innocents Vigil