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Dear Church Family friends,

I am writing to let you know our plans for Advent and Christmas 2021. We are so pleased to be able to offer more in-person options than we were last year. At the same time, you will also be able to follow us on YouTube and catch up there if you are still unsure about being out and about.

Please do plan to come and join us where you can. You will be very welcome.

* = book on Eventbrite. (Bookings open Tuesday 23 November. Further details will be on our website).

Saturday 27 November

7.30pm        Luminosa Choir (Vivaldi’s Gloria)

Advent Sunday – 28 November

10am           Morning Service

4pm            Love in Action – celebration of our town-wide impact

6.30pm        Darkness to Light – Music and Readings for Advent

Sunday 5 December

8am             Holy Communion

10am          Morning Service

11.30am      Morning Service at St Francis

3pm            Church Family Party – with fun activities and refreshments

6.30pm        Evening Service with informal Communion

Sunday 12 December

10am           Morning Service

6.30pm        Evening Service

Tuesday 14 December

1pm             Organ Recital with Katherine Dienes-Williams (Guildford Cathedral)

Sunday 19 December

8am             Holy Communion

10am          Pop-Up Nativity

3pm            Carol Service at St Francis – followed by refreshments

5pm            Carol Service at St Andrew’s – followed by refreshments*

Christmas Eve

3pm            Open-Air Christingle in the churchyard with refreshments*

11pm           Late-Night Communion

Christmas Day

9am             Holy Communion

10am          Celebration and Communion

Boxing Day

10am           Holy Communion



In addition to all these events and services we are also opening up our church building to the shops and businesses of the town. This is a chance for people to bring an artificial tree (no more than 8ft) with battery lights, decorated on a Christmas Carol theme, for the whole period of Christmas (18 Dec to 2 Jan). The church will be open each day from 11am to 5pm for people to visit, reflect, pray and enjoy the quiet. Suggested donation £1. Please pre-book a 45 minute time slot to visit, on Eventbrite.

Each Week

St Andrew’s Churh is open for private prayer from early morning until 4pm.

  • Mondays                               8.30am                Morning Prayer in church

                                                            1pm                     Babies and Toddlers in church

                                                            3.30pm              Kids Alive! at St Francis

  • Wednesdays                         10am                      Breathe – coffee and conversation in church

                                                           12.10pm              Holy Communion

                                                  please note revised date and time

  • Thursdays                       7.30pm                Youth Group at The Rectory


Kathryn joins me in wishing you a very hopeful Advent and a very Happy Christmas, when it comes.

With all good wishes, as ever,  

David                                                                                                19 November 2021