Advent & Christmas

The Art of the Possible

We are celebrating both Advent and Christmas including some outdoor carol singing (which is now allowed by government).

The following services and events are subject to change in the light of government and Church of England guidance. Plans have also had to take in to account the 72-hour rule concerning the use and cleaning of seating, hence why some churches will not be available to use on certain days and it will be necessary to book a place at some services as shown below. You are welcome to join us…

 

Special Events

Advent Procession - Light Shining in the Darkness It was lovely to see so many people on Wednesday gathering together for a socially distanced walk through Teignmouth ending with a service at St Michael's. You can watch some of it here.

Advent Discussion Group 

Although the Quiet Afternoon was cancelled because of the limited response to it, we still hope to run these informal discussion groups on December 9th (note change) & 16th 7.30-9pm by zoom, including Compline on both occasions. Please contact Richard Frost by 6th Decenber if you would like to come

If you would like some Advent reading, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Advent Windows in Ideford – take a walk around the village and find a new window each day from 1 December culminating in the final one at St Mary’s Church on Christmas Eve. Christmas raffle also available. More details on page 5 in their magazine

Christmas Tree Festival - Sharing the JOY of Christmas.

Planning is well underway for our Christmas Tree Festival which will be held in St Michael’s 16th-20th Dec. We have volunteer decorators from across the Haldon Team - thank you. We have just a few trees in need of decorators, if you, possibly with a friend, would like to do one please contact us (trees will be 3-4’ and at pew height). Decorators will have chosen slots on 14th/15th Dec to ensure we only have a few people in church at one time. Contact Sue Astbury or Christine Vine for more details.

Walk Through Nativity on Sat 19th December, 4-6pm at The Old Commercial Inn in Bishopsteignton.          

Walk Through Carols, Crib & Christingle on Christmas Eve, 2-4pm at St Michael's, Teignmouth

Come and see a real-life nativity scenes! And join in outdoor carol singing!

 

Christmas Services

Sunday 20 December

9.30am & 11.30am  Holy Communion at St Michael’s, Teignmouth

Services of Music & Readings for Christmas*... ending with outdoor carol singing...

10.30am   St Mary’s, Ideford (with optional Holy Communion) – Please Book a Place through Vanessa Morby Tel: 01626 853991 colleybrookness@ icloud.com


11am       St Nectan’s, Ashcombe (with optional Holy Communion)

4pm         St John the Evangelist, Luton

6pm         St James, Teignmouth

6pm         St John the Baptist, Bishopsteignton - Please Book a Place through Keith Hutchings Tel: 01626204358  keith_hutchings@ yahoo.com


Christmas Eve

4pm         Service of Music & Readings for Christmas (a repeat of the 20th)* at St Mary’s, Ideford - Please Book a Place through Vanessa Morby Tel: 01626 853991 colleybrookness@ icloud.com

 

11pm       Midnight Communion at St James’, Teignmouth

11.30pm   Midnight Eucharist at St Michael’s, Teignmouth


Christmas Day

10am             Family Communion for Christmas at St John’s, Bishopsteignton

11am             Family Eucharist for Christmas Day at St Michael’s, Teignmouth


Saturday 26 December (St Stephen)

 9.30am         Holy Communion at St Michael’s, Teignmouth


Sunday 27 December

 

10am             Holy Communion at St Michael’s, Teignmouth (the only service this day)

Monday 28 December (Holy Innocents)

 9.30am         Holy Communion at St Michael’s, Teignmouth

*The Services of Music & Readings for Christmas will have similar content on each occasion. If you have a favourite reading (Bible or Christmas-related) or piece of Christmas music, including any for children, please contact Richard Frost on 01626 870288 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with your suggestion and reason for choosing it and we will try to include it. Please let him have any suggestions no later than 12 December.


Online   

Our online services continue to take place every Sunday.

On Advent Sunday (29 Nov) there was a special online candlelight service.

Linking in with a national initiative from The Children’s Society, a special Christingle service will be available on Sunday 13 December. Click the link to register your interest.

Also on the 13 December, the Annual RNLI Carol Service will be available on our website from 4pm. This service will feature readings and pre-recorded carols.

Haldon Team Online Carol Service on Sunday 20 December. If you have a favourite carol please contact Richard on 01626 870288 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with your suggestion and reason for choosing it and we will try to include it. Please let him have any suggestions no later than 12 December.

 


In Brief…  

 

Daily Hope offers music, prayers and reflections as well as full worship services from the Church of England at the end of a telephone line. The line is available 24 hours a day on 0800 804 8044 

South West Carols takes place online on 5th and 6th December at 7pm at www.southwestcarols.com

Christmas Cards – due to the possible risk of contamination, you are asked not to bring Christmas Cards for other people into our church buildings.

Advent Prayer Card - our thanks to Anna Venables, Team Reader for producing this for you to download.

 

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