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Advent and Christmas at St Barnabas 2021

Advent and Christmas at St Barnabas 2021
Published by Justin Dodd on Sat, 20 Nov 2021 20:50

This year at St Barnabas we will focus on the theme of "Magnifying the Light" in our Advent preparations and Christmas celebrations. 

The Advent season comprises the 4 weeks leading up to Christmas. A haunting and tentative time in he liturgical life of the church it is infused with apocalyptic visions of the world to come and tender prophecy of the coming Christ child. 

Christmas is the festival or birth of Jesus Christ which celebrates the day when the saving love of God became a human being. We remember the splendour of the angels proclaiming the birth of the messiah in the Bethlehem night sky alongside the remarkable vulnerability of this cosmic king born in the squalor of a stable to migrant parents who were nearly teenagers.   

Prayer Kit

When you come into church during Advent, please collect a small pack from the back of church. This is your ‘Advent Prayer Kit’ – all that you will need for a short time of prayer and reflection each day, including a simple Morning and Evening prayer, a candle to remind you of God’s presence, and a picture to contemplate.

Advent Services

  • Sunday High Mass during Advent | 10:30am  – Magnifying the Light 

On each of the 4 Sundays of Advent you are invited to join with the clergy team in reflecting and talking about this special season of the year. Instead of listening to a conventional sermon, we will watch a short film clip and, led by the team, you will be encouraged to reflect in small groups what Advent, with its themes of expectation, waiting, seeking, and prayer, means to you. Step outside the busy-ness of preparation for the festive season and take time to be with God as he prepares to give us the most wonderful gift of all.

  • Saturday 4 December | 10am–12:30pm – Advent Quiet Morning: The Meaning is in the Waiting

Come and spend the morning at the little church of St Mary Perivale where you can step aside from the hurly-burly of Christmas preparations for a couple of hours of quiet reflection and music. A time to be still in beautiful rural surroundings – if the weather allows, the churchyard is a wonderful haven of peace to walk or sit in – or you can take in the special atmosphere inside this 12th century building and simply enjoy its peace and holiness. Please email Mtr Valerie to reserve a place. 

Carol Services

  • Sunday 5 December | 3–5pm – Christmas Singalong with Regent Community Brass Band
    Mark your calendars for this family-friendly afternoon. We’ll have music ranging from ‘O magnum mysterium’ to singing along to popular Christmas carols and children’s favourites such as ‘Rudolph the red-nosed reindeer.’ Click here to register.
  • Saturday 18 December | 6pm – Alternative Carol Service
    Join the talented musicians of St Barnabas for an evening of popular carols with a contemporary musical twist. Set in a relaxed candlelit atmosphere, this festive service will combine an intimate exploration of varied Christmas songs with poetry and prose. Come along in your Christmas Jumper! Retiring collection for Save the Children and the St Barnabas music programme. Click here to register.
  • Monday 20 December | 8pm – Nine Lessons & Carols
    The Service of Nine Lessons and Carols is a beautiful traditional service by candlelight. Our expanded choir will sing a wide variety of Christmas music, interspersed by the traditional bible readings telling the Christian story through the ages. A magical service not to be missed. Click here to register.

Christmas Services

24 December | Christmas Eve
  • 4pm – Crib Service
    A chance for all the children to gather as the excitement mounts and spend a short time re-enacting the Christmas story in an impromptu Nativity Play. Come dressed for the part you’d like to play, bring mums and dads, grannies and grandpas and all family to join in all the familiar carols and hear the story of Jesus birth in Bethlehem. For those who are far away you can still join by watching this service on your livestream. Click here to register.
  • 11pm – Midnight Mass
    The first mass of Christmas celebrating the Incarnation and with the blessing of the crib. A candlelit service of reverence and beauty as we welcome Jesus, born in a stable in Bethlehem and listen in awe and wonder to the story told in word and music. Click here to register.

25 December | Christmas Day
  • 8am – Said Mass for Christmas Day

A simple said service for Christmas Day. Click here to register.

  • 10.30am – High Mass for Christmas Day

A joyful celebration of Christmas to which all the St Barnabas Family and Friends are invited. Click here to register

26 December | St Stephens Day 

Some books to guide you through Advent

  • Frequencies of God—Carys Walsh with the poetry of R.S. Thomas
  • God is in the Manger— Reflections with Dietrich Bonhoeffer
  • The Meaning is in the Waiting—Paula Gooder
  • Haphazard by Starlight—Janet Morely - a poem a day from Advent to Ephiphany
  • In the Bleak Midwinter—Rachel Mann with the poetry of Christina Rosetti
  • Music of Eternity—Robyn Wrigley-Carr with meditations by Evelyn Underhill
  • Doing December Differently—Nicola Slee & Rosie Miles