Christmas 2020

Virtual Christmas Tree Festival, Nativity Trail and Christmas Services

Although the celebrations will be different the Christmas message remains the same.  Covid-19 Tier 2, 3 & 4 regulations allow us to host Christmas celebrations.  Read on for our virtual Christmas Tree Festival, the village Nativity Trail, and our Christmas Carol and Crib Services.  Even so, please note that we will continually assess the local Covid-19 and staff/volunteer situation and so some of these activities may be cancelled at short notice for the sake of community safety – thank you.

TIER 4 CANCELLATIONS:

We sincerely regret that in the light of the challenges of Tier 4 from 20th December in Gosport our following Christmas Services are cancelled:

20th December 3.30pm Families Christmas

24th December 2.00pm & 4.00pm Crib Services

24th December 6.15pm Carol Singing

You’re invited – Celebrate Christmas with us!

CHRISTMAS TREE FESTIVAL

We’re sorry not to be hosting our live festival with 90 trees and 5000 visitors.  But our online virtual tree festival will be a celebration with a behind the scenes look and interviews.  Using amazing images from past festivals it will be a beautiful and postive experience conjuring many fond memories with joy this Advent.  It will be launched on 10th December 2020 via our Facebook page.

CHRISTMAS NATIVITY TRAIL

From 12th-23rd December, the Christmas Nativity Trail is for you in your bubble to look in the shop windows of Alverstoke Village.   Keeping socially distanced from others, see if you can spot the knitted nativity characters and animals and follow the story?  Four of them have QR code short videos!  Follow the trail to its end at the Crib inside St.Mary’s Church.  Keep safe and have fun!  Print off the pdf Trail Leaflet and the Trail Map at the click of these buttons…

For services below please note: DOORS OPEN just 15 minutes before a service so that we are indoors for the minimum time, thank you.

CAROL SERVICES in ST.MARY’S

WE REGRET THAT ALL TICKETS ARE GONE

We’re hosting three repeated Carol Services at 5.30pm on Sunday evenings running up to Christmas.  The classic service but reduced to six carols and 4 lessons.  Tickets for entry are required. 

A max of 50 people per service, so please only come on one occasion so that 150 folk have the opportunity to join in and please do not arrive before 5.15pm – thanks.

Sundays 6th, 13th and 20th December 2020.

A retiring offering of gifts for our Africa Partnership:  CHASE Africa.

CRIB SERVICES in ST.MARY’S

CANCELLED DUE TO TIER 4

Although we cannot host our Crib Services with 400 at each one – we’re planning to host some shorter ones for 50 people and children at  2.00pm and 4.00pm on Christmas Eve                    24th December.  Strictly keeping to small bubbles of 6 max in a pew.  Children are invited to come dressed up as characters from the Christmas Story.

Click to print your tickets at the button below, or they are available from the Parish Office (enquire by ‘contact us’ page email box).

We’re required to be indoors for the minimum time to host a service so please do not arrive more than 15 minutes before the start of the service, thank you. 

CHRISTMAS SERVICES IN ST.MARY’S

Please note that all tickets are gone for the following:

Christmas Eve 24th December: 

  • 11.00pm     Midnight Communion (Common Worship)

Christmas Day 25th December:  

  • 8.15am   Said Christmas Communion (Common Worship)
  • 10.00am  Christmas Communion with music  (Common Worship)