Advent and Christmas 2020

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The Church of England's Christmas theme this year is “Comfort and Joy”.

Comfort and Joy holds together the hope that Christmas will bring joy and celebration after a uniquely difficult year with an acknowledgement that – for those who have lost loved ones or livelihoods, or who are potentially still not able to be together with loved ones – not everyone will be ready to join in jubilation. This Christmas many of us may want to join in the celebration of this time of the year but may not be physically able or emotionally ready to do so. We hope that Comfort and Joy will enable us to reconnect with the rich and joyous traditions of the past and to offer God’s consoling love in the present. 

Christingle - 6th December

Mersham 9:30am  

Create your Christingle at home and bring along — see our Facebook page for ideas

Noisy Nativity Online*

Dress up and join in at home—from 3pm 20th December

Nine Lessons and Carols Online*

Watch online and sing at home—from 3pm 20th December

Download the carol sheet to sing along at home

Christmas Eve Carols and Candles Online*

Light a candle and sing at home—from 5pm Christmas Eve

Download the carol sheet to sing along at home

“Come to the Crib” on Christmas Eve

Mersham 2pm-4pm/ Smeeth 2pm-6pm/ Stowting 3pm-4pm

Visit the crib in church on Christmas Eve and take home some comfort & joy

Christmas Eve Midnight Communion

11:30pm Mersham

Christmas Day Communion

9:30am Brabourne

 *How to join online

Facebook: search Stour Downs Parish (

 YouTube: search Stour Downs Parish (