Vicar's Bit December 2020

How to do Christmas? Rector’s bit Revd John Longuet-Higgins

vicar.westof7@gmail.com and curate.westof7@gmail.com

This year I feel a certain unexpected brotherly familiarity with King Herod. Like me, King Herod didn’t know how to do Christmas. Last month we did not do church, except for small scale, and safely distancing, on Remembrance Sunday. And of course online services https://www.westofsevernchurches.org.uk/sunday-services/

How did the shepherds do Christmas? Outside with the sky as their backdrop. We are thinking of repeating our outdoor Harvest Festival with Advent services of light. Prayers and processions and a bonfire… but probably no sung carols. They will be recorded.

How did the wise men do Christmas? They were not sure of their destination so questioned people where they should end up. In November there was a lot of consultation going on as to where we should go. One thing we know is the new BIG service held at 11am at Ashleworth has been a big success. Its mix of all ages, informality and Christian message has been popular. We hope to restart it in December.

How did the Holy Family do Christmas? Well they found shelter where shelter was offered. And it was on a pretty small scale. We want to offer shelter to people on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. However everyone must be social distanced and wear masks and not sing carols… So the principal we are working on is “little and often”. Multiple small services. Please book with John or Steve for every church service. And every Sunday an online service. Well done for arriving at Bethlehem. Not an easy journey. Happy Christmas!

December 6th

9.30am    Maisemore Church        Communion (book with Rev'd John)

11am        Ashleworth Church     the ‘BIG’ service (Book with Rev'd Steve)

5pm        Hartpury Church outdoors    Advent Service of Light (book with Rev'd John)

December 13th 

9.30am    Tirley Church        Communion (book with Rev'd John)

11am        Tirley Church        Communion (book with Rev'd John)

11am        Ashleworth Church     the ‘BIG’ service (book with Rev'd Steve)

December 20th

9.30am    Staunton Church        Communion (book with Rev'd John)

11am        Staunton Church        Communion (book with Rev'd John)

11am        Ashleworth Church     the ‘BIG’ service (book with Rev'd Steve)

Christmas Eve Thursday December 24th

3pm        Corse Church        Christmas Service (book with Rev'd Steve)

4.30pm    Corse Church        Christmas Service (book with Rev'd Steve)

 

3pm         Hasfield Church*        Christmas Service        *contact Nell Douglas Miller

4.30pm    Hasfield Church*        Christmas Service

 

6.30pm    Maisemore Church        Christmas Communion Service (book with Rev'd John)

8pm        Maisemore Church        Christmas Communion Service (book with Rev'd John)

 

6.30pm    Tirley Church        Christmas Communion Service (book with Rev'd Steve)

8pm        Tirley Church        Christmas Communion Service (book with Rev'd Steve)

 

10pm        Hartpury Church        Christmas Communion Service (book with Rev'd John)

11.30pm    Hartpury Church        Christmas Communion Service (book with Rev'd John)

 

Christmas Day Friday December 25th

9.30am    Ashleworth Church        Christmas Day Communion (book with Rev'd Steve)

11am        Ashleworth Church        the ‘BIG’ Christmas Service (book with Rev'd Steve)

 

9.30am    Staunton Church        Christmas Communion Service (book with Rev'd John)

11am         Staunton Church        Christmas Communion Service (book with Rev'd John)

 

No service in our churches on Sunday 27th December – the service is online

January 3rd 2021

9.30am    Hartpury Church        Communion (book with Rev'd John)

11am        Hartpury Church        Communion (book with Rev'd John)

11am        Ashleworth Church     the ‘BIG’ service (book with Rev'd Steve)


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