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.
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
The villages of Badshot Lea, Hale and Weybourne were visited last Friday evening (December 20) by a host of angels, as well as a crowd of shepherds, sheep, kings, musicians, donkeys and a young couple in search of a place to rest and give birth to a baby.
They were all taking part in A Journey to Bethlehem, a re-enactment of the Christmas story in which two groups walked from St George’s and St Mark’s to St John’s, playing music and singing carols on the way. Along the two routes they met angels, shepherds, inn keepers and kings and followed a star – and two donkeys, kindly lent for the occasion by Folly Oak Donkeys – until they reached a stable constructed outside St John’s where baby Jesus was lying in a manger.
This was followed by a celebration in the church in which children recounted what they had seen on the journey and Cllr Alan Earwaker, Farnham’s Deputy Mayor, joined everyone in singing carols and playing the kazoo, before the evening ended with prayers, hot chocolate, mulled wine and mince pies.
“This was the first time we had tried A Journey to Bethlehem and what a wonderful celebration it was!” said Lesley Crawley. “It was lovely to see children and adults alike dressed up as some of the characters we read about in the Bible at Christmas, and to see everyone having such a joyful time. We are living in an age of division and anxiety and the story of God coming to earth in the form of a child, born into poverty in an occupied country, is one that can bring us hope and light. We wish everyone that hope and light this Christmas.”
Serving the Villages North of Farnham: Badshot Lea, Hale, Heath End & Weybourne