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At a previous Nativity play. From left, Rebekah, Savannah and Mitchell Leggatt with mum Lyndsay.
At a previous Nativity play. From left, Rebekah, Savannah and Mitchell Leggatt with mum Lyndsay.
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Reverend Trevor Filtness, Vicar of St John’s Church, Rowlands Castle, talks about events planned in the lead-up to Christmas

At St John’s we’re looking forward to welcoming people of all ages to our Christmas programme of events and services.

It all begins with a performance of ‘Twas the Night before Christmas’ by Curtains Up, a visiting theatre company.

The show includes seasonal songs and readings, including ‘Mary Did You Know?’, a Christmas Musical arranged by Russell Mauldin.

The first performance is tomorrow at 7.30pm and there are more on Saturday at 2.30pm and 7.30pm.

Tickets are available in advance on (023) 9225 3558 or (023) 9241 0111 or on the door. They include mulled wine and mince pies.

Our programme of services and events which are all free begin on Sunday at 3pm with a Messy Christingle.

If you’ve never been to a Messy Christingle before, now is your chance.

It’s suitable for people of all ages. There’s lots of craft activities, games and food as well as a short service where we focus on the story of the very first Christmas when Jesus was born here on Earth. It’s also an opportunity to hear about the amazing work that the Children’s Society does working with disadvantaged children all over the world.

If you prefer a more traditional Christmas service, come and join us at 6pm on Sunday, December 20 for a traditional candlelit festival of nine lessons and carols.

And then on Christmas Eve there’s an opportunity to join in and help us to tell the story of the very first Christmas at the Instant Nativity, which starts at 6pm.

Join Mary and Joseph on their journey to Bethlehem and then witness the birth of Jesus as we sing carols and other Christmas songs.

Why Instant Nativity?

Well because volunteers help build the action at the Inn by dressing up as characters like the wise men and shepherds as they come into church.

And then at 11.30pm we celebrate Midnight Communion and on Christmas Day we will be celebrating with a family communion service which starts at 10am.

We pray that these events and worship will help all of us remember that at the heart of Christmas is Christ, God’s love coming to all people on Earth.

n St John’s Church is at 120 Redhill Road, Rowlands Castle. Contact the vicar, Trevor Filtness, on (023) 9241 0111 or e-mail