Advent & Christmas 2023

Stars and singing play quite a role at any Christmas, but this year they have a central role in The Church of England’s campaign to encourage people to attend church and to join in the song this Christmas.

Christmas carols are perhaps the best known church music and singing not only draws us closer to God, but to each other too as a shared experience.

To underline the theme one of the country’s leading choral composers, Bob Chilcott, has composed a new melody for The First Nowell which offers a brand new interpretation of the carol. The church choir will be singing this carol during the Candlelit Service of Nine Lessons and Carols on Sunday 16th December.  But there will be many other pieces of well-known carols and music at the event too.

As well as the Carol Service there are other opportunities for you to celebrate Advent and Christmas with us at St Marys. You wil always be most welcome.

Advent Sunday


3rd December

10.30am  Parish Communion

A traditional service of Holy Communion during which the first candle will be lit on our Advent Crown.

Second Sunday in Advent

10th December

10.30am  Family Café Church and Family Special combine for a Christmas Gift Service followed by a Cake Sale in aid of Scout funds

Please bring gifts for needy families in the Bristol area.

  • For children – unwrapped new or nearly new toys, books or toiletries.
  • For adults – gloves, socks, scarves, hats and toiletry sets for men and women

Third Sunday in Advent

17th December

10.30am Morning Worship

6.30pm   Candlelit Carol Service

A service of nine lessons and carols followed by mulled wine and a mince pie.

 Christmas Eve


24th December

4.00pm  Crib Service   

Children are invited to dress up as angels, shepherds or wise men – or even sheep or camels  – to take part in the Christmas story with  carols

 11pm   Midnight Communion

A service of communion to greet Christmas Day. A gentle candlelit service.


8.00am  Holy Communion   

An early morning service of Holy Communion using the Prayer Book of 1662.  This service is spoken and without music.

10.30am Christmas Praise

A service for the whole family, young and old.  A mixture of carols, prayers and fun.

Services after Christmas and into the New Year

Sunday after Christmas

New Year’s Eve, 31st December

10.30am  Benefice Communion Service

We gather with our benefice parishes of St Barnabas Warmley and St Ann, Syston for a joint service of Holy Communion.

Epiphany I


7th January

10.30am Parish Communion

A service of communion for Epiphany when we celebrate the coming of the Wise Men to the infant Jesus.

Epiphany II


14th January


10.30am  Our Christingle Service with Jess Meale of the Children’s Society.

Epiphany III


21st January

10.30am  Morning Worship