Rev Kate Macfarlane, Anglican minister at Hart Plain Church, Waterlooville, describes the church’s festive programme
No matter what age you are, where you live or whether or not you would describe yourself as religious, we hope you will join us over the coming weeks to celebrate Jesus’ birth.
Our festivities started at the beginning of December with an outdoor carol service at Wecock Farm.
The Christmas story was told, the tree was decorated and we even had a visit from Santa!
For some, Christmas can be a difficult time as they remember a loved one who has died, whether in recent months or many years ago.
So last Sunday we held a Christmas Memorial service.
We sang hymns, prayed and lit candles in memory of those we have loved who have died.
This coming Sunday at 6.30pm we will be holding a traditional service of carols by candlelight followed by mulled fruit juice and mince pies.
On Christmas Eve at 4pm we are holding an event for all the family where we’ll explore the meaning of Christmas through storytelling, craft activities and songs.
Then, at 11pm, we have our traditional midnight holy communion service when we welcome in Christmas Day with a service of favourite carols, Bible readings and prayer.
On Christmas Day we have a family service with Holy Communion at 10am which is suitable for all ages.
Don’t forget to bring along something that you’ve been given for Christmas as there will be a chance to show presents during the service!
The Christmas period can be dominated by shopping, writing cards, wrapping presents and preparing food.
In all the preparations, it can be hard to find a quiet moment to reflect on the true meaning of the season.
We hope you will be able to join us for celebration and reflection this year.
I hope that this Christmas you will experience Christ’s peace and joy in your life and in your home.
If you would like to find out more about Hart Plain Church, please visit the website at hartplain.org.uk.
n Hart Plain Church, Hart Plain Avenue, Waterlooville, Hants, PO8 8RG
Sunday services: 10am (Sunday worship).
Contact the parish office on (023) 9225 4452 or email email@example.com.