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December is all about Christmas and the celebration of the birth of Christ two thousand years ago in Bethlehem. As usual at St Mary’s we have lots of Christmas events for all ages, so come along, tell your family & friends - all are welcome at St Mary’s!

We begin our Christmas celebrations with a Christmas Fayre on Saturday 2nd December, 10am until 2pm - lots of stalls and activities, including tours of the bell towers and a visit from Santa.

The mood changes on Advent Sunday, 3rd December. At 10am during Parish Communion we will light the first candle on our Advent Ring. In the evening we have a very special treat - the Steel City Choristers return at 4pm to lead our service of Advent Carols and Readings.

On Wednesday 6th December 12.30 - 3pm we welcome the Ecclesfield Deanery Chapter and Bishop Pete.

On Thursday 7th December there is a funeral in Church at 11am.

On Saturday 9th December at 9am we have our monthly Prayer Breakfast, followed at 11am by the Bereavement Cafe.

On Sunday 10th December at 4pm we host the annual Community Carols Round the Tree (if it is raining we will move into Church) There will be free refreshments served in Church after the carols.

On Wednesday 13th December 6.30pm we will be hosting the Don Valley District Beavers Scouts’ Christmas Carols.

On Friday 15th December at 7.30pm the Grenoside Singers will hold a Christmas Concert in Church. Admission is £5 (pay on the door), children free.

On Saturday 16th December at 1pm we have the last wedding of the year.

On Sunday 17th December at 4pm we have our Christingle Service raising funds for the Church of England Children’s Society.

On Monday 18th December 7pm in the Church grounds (weather permitting) moving into Church at 7.45pm, we have our annual sing of Local Ecclesfield Carols.

On Christmas Eve, Sunday 24th December we have the Crib Service, aimed at younger children, at 4pm, and Carols by Candlelight at 6.30pm.

On Christmas Day we have Communion at 10am.

The first Sunday after Christmas is on 31st December - there will be Communion at 10am and no evening service.

Lots of ways to celebrate the feast of Christ’s birth, brightening up the dark winter days!

God bless you this Christmas time.