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Christmas in the Haven Benefice

The churches of the Benefice offer something for everyone this Christmas, so don’t feel that you have to just stick to the village you know. Each service is lovingly created to welcome everyone, and to set the tone for the season of Peace and Goodwill for all people. From the majestic splendor of St Mary’s in Brading to the intimacy of St John's Yaverland, and with Candles at St Helen's and traditional carols with the Choir at St Peter's, Seaview the Benefice is working together to invite you to something lovely this year.

Sun 1st The Vine
St Helens
7pm Light up a Life
Fri 6th St Mary's 7pm Christmas Trees Concert
St Peter's 7pm Light up a Life
Sun 8th St Mary's 2pm WI Carols
Sat 14th St Mary's 6pm Light up a Life
Sun 15th St Peter's 10am Carol service
St John's 3pm Carol service
Sat 21st St Helen's 5pm Solstice service
Sun 22nd St Mary's 9.30am Nativity Eucharist
St Helen's 6pm Carol service
Mon 23rd St Peter's 6pm Carols round tree
Christmas
Eve
St Peter's 3pm Christingle
St Mary's 4pm Christingle
St Catherine's 6pm Family carols
St Helen's 9pm Evening mass
St Mary's 11.30pm Midnight mass
St Peter's 11.30pm Midnight mass
Christmas
Day
St Catherine's 9am All age Communion
St Mary's 9.30am All age Communion
St Peter's 10 am Christmas Praise
St Helen's 10am All age communion
St John's 11am All age communion

All the services are open for everyone but if you would like a service for younger children then look for the Christmas Eve Christingle services and the Community Carols Round the Tree at St Peter's on the 23nd when Father Christmas makes an appearance. All ages can enjoy the Christmas Tree Festival and the singing of the Community Choir on the 6th, and the Light up a Life services for the Hospice are Carols, poems, food and fundraising for everyone. On the 22nd the morning Dress up Nativity at St Mary's gives you a chance to get the tea towels and dressing gowns out and be part of the fun service, and for an atmospheric Candletit carol service with area for smaller children to play, then St Helen's on the 22nd at 6pm is the place to be. St Catherine's Family carols mixes tradition and imagination and Christmas Praise at St Peter's is a service for children with the communions on Christmas day having places for small children to move about or things to do

On the 21st we will be celebrating the longest night with a Solstice service in candlelight with no electricity as we experience the darkness of this turn of the year. Bring torches or lanterns and all ages to this short service with songs and food.

This year we are also having a 9pm ‘Midnight Mass’ at St Helen's for those of you who, because of children’s ages or for your own convenience, find staying up till 12am difficult. All the atmosphere of a midnight service at a comfortable time.

We look forward to seeing you,

God Bless

Ali

27 November 2019

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