December at All Saints’
December will be a busy month at All Saints’. The Advent Carol service will be held on Sunday 2nd December at 6.30 pm. This is a beautiful service “from darkness to light” with music and readings for the season of Advent – do come and join us.
The Toy service is on Sunday 9th December at 9.30 am. This is a parade service and everyone is encouraged to bring an unwrapped gift or voucher. These will be given to Welcare after the service for distribution to local children who might not otherwise receive any gifts at Christmas.
The Mayoral Civic Carol service will be held on Tuesday 11th December at 7 pm. This service celebrates all the public and voluntary work in our community within a carol service. This year the service is combined with th Mayoral Civic service and will be attended bythe Mayor of Bromley and many councillors and others who work within local government in Bromley. The collection will be given to the Mayor’s charities, the British Legion Poppy appeal and Bromley, Lewisham and Greenwich Mind. There will be some seasonal music from the children of Blenheim School as well as the Church choir. Everyone is very welcome to come to this service which will last about 60 minutes and be followed by refreshments in the church hall.
The Traditional service of Nine Lessons and Carols is on Sunday 16th December at 6.30 pm, with readings telling the Christmas story and carols sung by the choir and the congregation. The collection will be given to Crisis, a charity working with the homeless. There will be mulled wine and mince pies in the hall following this service.
In the week before Christmas (17th – 23rd December) Evening Prayer will be said in the Old Church at 5 pm using the special ‘O’ antiphons anticipating the birth of Christ.
As well as the 9.30 am Parish Eucharist on Sunday 24th December, our Christingle service will be at 4 pm. Everyone is invited – especially all children – to this service, where the children from the Kingfishers group (with help) will form a Nativity tableau. Every child will receive a Christingle (come along and find out if you don’t know what a Christingle is). The moment when the Christingles are lit in a darkened church and all the children sing “Away in a Manger” always signifies the start of Christmas for many of us.
The Christmas Day services start with the Midnight Mass which begins at 11.30 pm on Christmas Eve, preceded by carols sung by the choir from 11 pm – so come early. There will be a said Holy Communion (BCP) at 9 am and the morning Sung Eucharist will be at 10 am (note the later times than usual).