We look forward to seeing you at St Mary's, Rickmansworth this Christmas

Everyone is warmly invited to join us at St Mary's for our seasonal activities and servics at this special time of the church year. As Christians we are encouraged to think more deeply about our faith and how we can become closer to God and live our lives as He, through Jesus, showed us.

Wherever you spend Christmas and the new year, may it be a time of happiness, joy and peace.

Sunday 3 December

Advent Sunday

This is the first day of the Church's new year.

Crib Blessing: Please bring along your Crib to one of the Services on Advent Sunday morning so that it can be blessed before you put it up at home.

The St Mary's Travelling Crib - Posada - will start its journey after the 10.00am service, travelling from house to house around our church community. Please sign up to participate as our church crib travesl from home to home each day.



Christingle serviceChristingle Service at 4.00pm

This is a delightful service for children of all ages at which we sing carols and make and light Christingles.

The collections from this service are donated to the Children’s Society.

  Advent Carol Service at 6.00pm
During Advent

Visit Follow the Star for daily Bible readings, reflection and prayer prompt as well as lovely music.

There are also plenty of books linked to the period from Advent Sunday to Epiphany in our library at the back of the church.

Saturday 9 Dec

Christmas Carols at Batchworth Lock at 4.30pm

Organised by the Boaters' Christian Fellowship, our singing will be accompanied by a brass band. Wrap up warm and bring a torch!

Monday 11 December
Saturday 6 January 2018

9.00am - 3.30pm

A Christmas Experience

In these days when so much focus is given to the commercialisation of Christmas, it is important that we make sure that all visitors to our church get a glimpse of the reality of Christmas. Our Christmas Experience is an exhibition of five scenes, each showing an important moment of the Christmas story. There will be thought-provoking information for all and fun activities for the younger visitors.

We will be arranging visits by groups of children from our school and uniformed organisations. We hope adults will drop into the church and spend some quiet time looking at the displays and reflecting on the first Christmas.

We'll be setting up on Saturday 9 December (from 9.00am).

A Christmas Experience will run until Saturday 6 January.

Sunday 17 Dec

Carol Service at 6.00pm

This special traditional service of Nine Lessons & Carols is followed by mince pies and mulled wine in the Church Centre.

Christmas Tree of Prayer

The Christmas Tree of Prayer will be in church from 17 DecemberOur Christmas Tree of Prayer is a beautiful and poignant feature of our Christmas. The decorations on this special tree are the stars that shine as lights of hope bearing names of family, friends or situations we are thinking of at this time.

The tree will be in Church from Sunday 17 December until Twelfth Night (6 January 2018). The Church is open during daylight hours for names to be added. Everyone is invited to do so, not just members of our congregation. Feel free to spread the word about this lovely tree of prayer and hope.

Sunday 24 Dec Christmas Eve

Crib serviceCrib Service at 4.00pm

A service especially for children and families (but all are welcome too!). Younger people are encouraged to dress up as a shepherd, lamb or an angel.

Midnight Christmas Communion at 11.30pm

Christmas starts here with this traditional beginning to Christmas celebrations. Come and join us!

Monday 25 Dec

Christmas Day

Holy Communion services at 8.00am and 10.00am

We celebrate the birth of our Saviour, Jesus Christ, with laughter, joy and carols!

The church will remain open throughout the day so please drop in if you would like some space for quiet contemplation.



The Trefoil Handbell Ringers will be running outside Marks & Spencer on Friday 22 and Saturday 23 December from 8.30-11.30am.

Please remember to save your stamps from Christmas cards. They will be sent to Cardiac Risk in the Young who raise money by selling them. Please put stamps in the CRY box at the back of church, near the north door.

Advent and Christmas at St Mary's


You will be very welcome to join us for our services and activities over the coming weeks.

For details of regular services at St Mary's, please click here.

Sharing Christmas greetings

Individual cards to members of the congregation may be 'posted' at the back of church for a charge of 10p per card.

Alternatively, you can put up a card to everyone on the board and donated the money you would have spent on cards.

All proceeds will go to the Children's Society and Action for Children.

Read more about Advent and Christmas and St Mary's in our monthly magazine - LINK and in our recent newsletter.



Last updated: November 26, 2017


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