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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!

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 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.

Celebrating on the way to Bethlehem

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.”

Join us on a Journey to Bethlehem

As the schools break up this Christmas, everyone is invited to join ‘A Journey to Bethlehem’ – a short re-enactment of the journey Mary and Joseph took to Bethlehem on the first Christmas, complete with angels, shepherds, kings and even a couple of donkeys.

On Friday, December 20, at 7pm, two groups of adults and children will make their way from St Mark’s Church in Upper Hale and from St George’s Church in Badshot Lea, to St John’s Church, Hale. Among the groups will be shepherds, angels, kings, donkeys, 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 Church for a short service at 7.30pm, followed by refreshments.

Hannah Moore said: “This will be a lovely start to the Christmas holidays 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 leave at 7pm and make their way to St John’s at the bottom of the Upper Hale Road. 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.

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