Christmas in Waltham Group Churches

For most of us this year, it will be a quiet Christmas, spent at home on our own, or with a few friends or family. The things we normally do are not possible – and that includes a lot of the thing we normally do together in church. We cannot meet for Lessons & Carols this year, nor for Christingle. When we do gather — in small groups, carefully — we cannot sing, or greet each other as we would wish. But still we will celebrate the birth of Christ.

All Saints, Waltham – A Christmas Walk
Christmas Eve & Boxing Day 2.30 – 4.30 pm

For those of you who normally come to the Christingle, we invite you to stop by All Saints as part of A Christmas Walk. On the afternoon of Christmas Eve, and again on Boxing Day (26 Dec) the church will be open for you. Come see the decorations, share memories, and take a picture at the Crib. There will be some brief activities (If you want them) and there will be carols & candlelight. The hope is that this can be an easy part of your day — a few minutes at church, as you go for a walk around the village at Christmas.

All Saints, Waltham – Christmas Eve & Day

Midnight Mass will begin at 11.30 pm on Christmas Eve.
Christmas morning, the eucharist is at 11 am.

All Saints has proven to be a very difficult church for social distancing. Right now, we can only accommodate 30 people at each service. We therefore ask that you book your place. Please see the instructions below.

St Matthew’s, New Waltham – Christmas Eve

At St Matthew’s, there will be a eucharist on Christmas Eve at 6 pm. There are only 30 places available, because of the need for social distancing. We therefore ask that you book your place. Please see the instructions below.

Christmas Morning – Book of Common Prayer Eucharist
at Ashby cum Fenby

At 9 am on Christmas Morning, there will be a said service of Holy Communion from the 1662 Book of Common Prayer. There are up to 30 places available, so we ask that you book a place. Instructions below…

Booking a Place for Worship

To book seats for worship, you have two choices.
(1) You can fill out a form online by clicking this link.
(2) You can leave a message on the Rectory phone (01472 822172), stating your name, telephone, which service you would like to attend, and how many people.

The rector would be very grateful if you did not ring before 9 am, and if possible, if you could avoid ringing on Saturday mornings, when the rectory becomes a film studio for online worship!

Bookings will be first come, first served. If we are full, we’ll ring you to see if there’s another service you might be able to attend. If you do not hear from us, then assume that we have saved seats for you at the service you requested. We will only ring back if there is ‘no room at the inn’.

Most years, we would encourage everyone to come to church with friends and family. This year, we’re asking that you come — but that you take only as many paces as you need. If someone in your family or bubble would really rather stay home and baste the turkey, that’s just fine: their doing so will enable someone else to worship.

Thanks for your understanding through this difficult season.

God willing, there will be many big celebrations and carols to sing in 2021.

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