Joy and Care at Christmas *Updated

by Michael Ford last modified 23 Apr, 2012 09:53 AM

Parishes across Wiltshire and Dorset are celebrating the Christmas season in various ways.

Joy and Care at Christmas *Updated

Candlelit Carols at St Peter's Parkstone - Photo credit Nigel LLoyd

The Bishop of Salisbury, Nicholas Holtam, gave practical suggestions to parishes in his ‘Thought for the Month’, saying, “Be imaginative and generous and have fun doing it! What I am looking for in the celebration of Christmas is joyful simplicity. I hope we all have a very happy Christmas.”

He will preside at the Christmas Eve Eucharist in Salisbury cathedral (11.30pm), and preach there on Christmas Day (10.30am).

The Bishop of Sherborne, Dr Graham Kings, will *preside and preach at St Mary's, Iwerne Minster's Midnight Holy Communion (11.30pm) and* preach in St Peter’s, Poole, on Christmas Day (10am).

Blandford Forum’s spectacular Yuletide Festival includes a Christmas Market, a lantern parade, marching bands, street performers, children’s choirs and a firework display (Wednesday 14 December, 6-9pm).

Charity concerts include the Annual Magic of Christmas Concert for Parkinson’s UK in St Thomas’s Church, Salisbury with the St John Singers (Today, Tuesday 13 December, 7.30pm), a Christmas Carol Evening at Codford Social Centre in aid of Wylye Coyotes and BulgariaShare, with Davenant School Gospel Choir (Friday 16 December, 7pm).

A number of parishes care for those who struggle at Christmas. ‘A Quieter Christmas’ at St. Mary’s, Marlborough (Thursday 22 December, 7.30pm) welcomes those who find themselves in difficult family circumstances or have been bereaved. Wareham’s Church Family Christmas Day Party is open to anyone in the Wareham district who might be on their own (Wareham Parish Hall, 12noon).

Other events include a Children’s Carol Service Procession in Crockerton (Thursday 15 December, 6pm), a ‘Blue Light Carol Service’ at St. Mary's Church Bridport, celebrating the work of the Emergency Services (Tuesday 20 December, 7.30pm) and ‘Las Posadas’: Mexican-style knitted Mary, Joseph and donkey figures appearing in shop windows in Marlborough High Street, culminating in a Crib Service in St. Mary’s Church (Christmas Eve, 3pm).

Bishop’s Thought for the Month 
Bishop of Salisbury 
Bishop of Sherborne 
Our Advent and Christmas page 
Find a carol service near you 
Search for parishes in our diocese

Further information contact
Michael Ford, Communications Co-ordinator:
01722 438651, 07500 836989,

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