Variety is the Spice of Christmas
Churches are throwing open their doors to welcome visitors, celebrating Christmas in a wide variety of ways.
The Bishop of Salisbury, Nicholas Holtam, will preach at Salisbury Cathedral’s Midnight Mass on Christmas Eve (11.30pm) and preside at the 10.30am Eucharist on Christmas Day. The Bishop of Sherborne, Dr Graham Kings, will preach at St Peter’s Dorchester (10am).
Concerts include the Belvedere Singers at St Mary’s Swanage (Saturday 15 December, 7.30pm), Carols at Imber Church (Saturday 22 December, 2.30pm) and Carol Singing outside Waitrose courtesy of Salisbury Churches Together (Sunday 16 December, 2.30pm).
Family events include Advent Messy Church at St James’ First School, Alderholt (Sunday 16 December, 10am) and ‘@ Christmas’ at Christ Church Warminster (Sunday 23 December, 6pm).
Community Carols include ‘Carols at the Keys’ in Upper Chute (Wednesday 19 December, 7pm), Choral and Orchestral Carols at St Mary’s Tarrant Gunville (Thursday 20 December, 6pm) and Carols on the Green in Blandford Forum (Sunday 23 December, 6pm).
There are outdoor nativities in Bridport (Saturday 22 December, 11am onwards in Bucky Doo Square) and Shaftesbury (Sunday 16 December, 1pm outside the Town Hall).
For those who struggle at this time of year, there are quiet reflective services at St Michael’s Colehill (Blue Christmas, Tuesday 18 December, 6pm) and Warminster St Denys (Quiet Carol Service, Saturday 22 December, 4pm).
The Bishop of Salisbury, Nicholas Holtam, said, “The presents we give one another at Christmas are reminders of the gift God gives the world in Christ and of the gifts brought to Christ… God has been generous to us and it is good for us to be generous. Giving is good for us; it makes us human. That is why there are collections for church and charity when carol singing. It is the spirit of Christmas and it is for life.”
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