Category Archives: Christmas

Come to our Crib Services

If you have young children, a Crib Service on Christmas Eve is a lovely way to celebrate the story of Christmas.

Children are encouraged to dress up as members of the nativity for these services which are interactive – lots for your children to take part in.

There will be a service for toddlers at 3pm at St George’s, Badshot Lea – a short and sweet retelling of the nativity story.

There will a Crib service for youngsters – infant and lower junior age – at St John’s, Hale, at 3pm, and then at St George’s, Badshot Lea, and St Mark’s, Upper Hale, at 5.30pm. There will even be a live donkey at St Mark’s!

Come and join us for this delightful celebration.

Come to our Christmas Market!

This Saturday, 18th December, we will be holding our Christmas Market at St Mark’s, from 10am-2pm, with loads of great stalls, Father Christmas in his grotto, refreshments, live music and lots of Christmas cheer! What’s more, there will be a Christmas Fayre and Christmas Tree Festival across the road at the Hale Community Centre, with more stalls, family fun activities, a live Nativity with real animals, live music, refreshments and a Hale’s Angels Scavenger Hunt between the centre and St Mark’s.

We are putting Covid measures in place to keep everyone as safe as possible, and ask that you wear masks inside.

Come and join us and have a Happy Hale Christmas!

The Longest Night

When Christmas hurts – Wednesday, December 22, 6.30pm, St Mark’s Church, Upper Hale

The season of goodwill isn’t good for everyone. Sometimes it is a struggle, particularly perhaps if we have lost someone, or if it brings back bad memories. Sometimes we are lonely or living in circumstances that mean that it feels hard to celebrate. Sometimes we just want a break from the relentless commercialisation and pressure of Christmas.

Every year we hold a quiet, reflective service for anyone who finds Christmas hard, or just wants to stop for a moment and rest. This year it is on Wednesday, December 22, at 6.30pm, at St Mark’s Church. All welcome (please wear masks).

Your December/January magazine is here

It’s Advent and time for the latest magazine from the parish, full of Advent, Christmas and New Year events.

There are services – of course – a Christmas community market complete with Hale’s Angels, Father Christmas and a Christmas Tree Festival, carol concerts, not one but two Christingles, A Journey to Bethlehem, a panto, Messy Church… plus news, opinions and ideas. Download it now!

Christmas services in the Parish

As well as our carol services, a Christingle and our Journey to Bethlehem this month, we have special Christmas services on Christmas Eve at all three churches and you can also see in Christmas with Midnight Mass at St John’s and St George’s, and celebrate with us on Christmas morning.

The Christmas Eve services are ideal for all the family, and we even have a special service for toddlers at St George’s. At St Mark’s you will be able to meet a live donkey!

There are four ‘Crib Services’ where the Christmas story is retold with angels, shepherds, Kings, Mary, Joseph and Baby Jesus. Children are encouraged to dress as any members of the story.

The services are:

3pm: Toddler Crib Service at St George’s
3pm: Crib Service at St John’s
5.30pm: Crib Service at St George’s
5.30pm: Crib Service at St Mark’s

Then see in Christmas at Midnight Mass:
11.30pm at St George’s
11.30pm at St John’s

On Christmas morning join us for a service:
9.30am at St John’s
10am at St George’s
11am at St Mark’s

We wish you all a blessed Christmas.

Come and sing carols!

Advent is upon us, Christmas is coming! As we approach the celebration of the birth of Jesus, God on earth with us in human form, the parish is holding a number of carol services so there is plenty of opportunity to sing favourite carols at your nearest church.

First we start with Carols by Candlelight, a lovely service of traditional carols and readings with the church lit by candles.

These will be at 6pm on the following dates:
Sunday 5th St George’s
Friday 10th  St Mark’s
Sunday 12th St John’s

Then join us under the stars for Carols by Starlight in the grounds of each church at 6.30pm on the following dates:

Wednesday 15th St George’s
Thursday 16th St John’s
Tuesday 21st St Mark’s

Please join us and sing of the joy and light of the world.

Come with us on a Journey to Bethlehem

Once again we are going on a ‘Journey to Bethlehem’ this Christmas.

A Journey to Bethlehem is a short re-enactment of the journey Mary and Joseph took to Bethlehem on the first Christmas, complete with angels, shepherds and kings, and led by a star and a donkey!

At 6.30pm on Wednesday, December 8, two groups of adults and children will meet at St Mark’s and St George’s, and make their way to St John’s, following the star and with a donkey for Mary. Among the groups will be shepherds, angels, kings, Mary, Joseph and Baby Jesus, and on the way they will meet more members of the traditional Nativity cast, including an innkeeper with no room at the inn, and a star to guide them.

Everyone is invited to join them on the route and to join in the carol singing as they go.

The two groups will converge on St John’s for a short service, followed by refreshments.

Lesley Crawley said: “This will be a lovely reminder of the Christmas story for children and adults alike. Come and join us as we remember the journey that Mary and Joseph had to make, and Jesus’s humble birth when God came to earth in human form. Another name for Jesus is ‘Emmanuel’ which means ‘God with us’ and that is just what this Christmas story is all about.”

Everyone is invited to arrive at either St Mark’s or St George’s at 6.30pm, ready to journey to St John’s. Children are particularly encouraged to wear nativity costumes with suitable footwear for winter weather. There will be marshals but please also bring torches to light the way.

Christmas shopping at the Craft Market

Don’t forget the craft market at St Mark’s this Saturday (20th), 10am-2pm. Loads of gorgeous gifts for sale – from cards to calendars, jams to jumpers, glass to gems, bunting to bunnies (knitted of course) – plus refreshments and live music. And don’t forget your chance to see the Kitty Milroy murals!

Get you Christmas shopping done here and support local creatives.

Make a gnome for your home this Christmas

Move over elves on shelves, have a gnome at home this Christmas – and a home-made one at that.

There will be a gnome-making workshop at St George’s Church, Badshot Lea, Farnham, on Friday, November 12 at 7pm-9.30pm. Everything needed to make the gnomes will be provided, including instructions. The gnomes are then ideal for Christmas presents or decorations.

Bring drinks and nibbles if you wish. Tickets are £25 from Maxine.everitt@badshotleaandhale.org.