St Mary’s Advent Trail 2021 Video

Christmas Services Update

One of the Advent Trail windows
One of the Advent Trail Windows

Before we get to the trail video, there are some changes to St Mary’s services on Christmas Eve. The Crib Service at 3 pm will now take place outside in the church yard (so wrap up warmly). The 6.45 pm Carol Service will be socially distanced in the Church and also on Zoom. For Zoom details, please contact the church office on [email protected].

Advent Trail

The West Bergholt Village Advent Windows returned for 2021! A huge thank you to everyone who volunteered to decorate a window featuring a scene from the nativity story.

The first window was revealed on Wednesday 8th December with a window each day until Monday 20th December.

Happy Christmas and a Peaceful New Year from everyone at St. Mary’s Church.

Decorating Won’t Stop Christmas Events

Christmas Events at Old ChurchOld Church redecorations - they will not stop Christmas events taking place

The Friends of St Mary’s are pleased to report that their regular Christmas events will still go ahead this year.

As you may have noticed, work started a week ago on the redecoration of the Old Church.  The Friends’ Keep the Bell Ringing appeal of 2016 raised money towards the repair of the roof and tower to make the structure watertight.  The Churches Conservation Trust, of course, also helped a lot with that project.  Now the internal redecoration work, using Continue reading “Decorating Won’t Stop Christmas Events”

Christmas Events Around the Village

Carol singers

Christmas Events Around the Village

Both the Methodist & St Mary’s Churches in the village have issued their latest updates in the run-up to Christmas 2015, the highlights are listed first and other detail dates below that:

Christmas PosadaPosada

The churches in West Bergholt and Great Horkesley, as part of their Christmas preparations, are supporting Mary and Joseph on their journey around the villages.  This was previously announced on another news update, click to read more.

Christmas Tree Festival – 11th & 12th December

The pupils from Heathlands School will be decorating Christmas trees with gifts for people at the Night Shelter. The trees will be on display in St Mary’s Church on Friday between 3pm-4pm and on Saturday between 1pm-3pm. Come and vote for your favourite!

Messy ChurchMessy Church

At St Mary’s, the next Messy Church is on Sunday 13th when will be having a Messy Nativity! There will be something for all ages in this informal and friendly family service.

Carol singersCarol Singing outside the Co-op – 18th December

Both churches are calling on all to come and join them at the Co-op between 6:15 & 7:30, all voices are welcome and cogffee & mince pies will be available afterwards.  This is in aid of Action for Children

Carols in the Old Church – 20th December

This starts at 2:30pm.

Candlelight Carol Service – 20th December

This takes place at 6:30pm at the Methodist Church, Chapel Road, this service will also be a focus of the travels of Mary & Joseph on their Posada with their diary being available to view.

Craft materialsChristmas Coffee & Craft – 21st December

Running at the Methodist Church Hall between 10:30 & 12:00, this is an event for (accompanied) children aged 0 -11 to engage in a range of festive crafts.  Charge is £2.50 per family.

Decorating St Mary’s for Christmas – 22nd December

Starting at 10am help decorate the church for Christmas – all helpers welcome! If you can help, please contact Liz Dixon in the Parish Office tel: 243683 or email [antibot mailto=”[email protected]”].

Some Related Notes

Alternative Christmas Card

This is now available at St mary’s Church – all money collected will be donated to the Children’s Society. Please gift aid if you can.

St Mary’s Christmas Choir Rehearsals

These are taking place in St Mary’s at 10:45am on 13th December and in the Old Church at 10am on 20th December.

Other Dates

These all relate to St Mary’s unless otherwise noted:

  • Thurs 10 Dec – 9am coffee morning;
  • Fri 11 Dec – 7.45pm Wired youth group;
  • Sun 13 Dec
    • 9.30am Messy Church;
    • 9.30am Communion, St Mary’s, Langham;
    • 11.15am Holy Communion, All Saints, Great Horkesley.
  • Sun 13 Dec – 4.30pm Evening Prayer;
  • Thurs 17 Dec – 9am coffee; 2.30pm 5Ts;
  • Sun 20 Dec
    • 8am BCP Communion, St Mary’s Langham;
    • 9.30am Carol service, St Peter’s Boxted;
    • 11.15am Communion;
    • 4pm Christingle, All Saints, Great Horkesley.
  • Christmas Eve:
    • 3pm Crib Service;
    • 6.45pm Carol Service;
    • 11.30pm Midnight Communion at All Saints, Great Horkesley.
  • Christmas Day – 9.30am Family Christmas Service;
  • Sat 16th January – Senior Citizens Lunch.

Sunday Bible Readings

  • Sun 13 Dec – Luke 3:7-18 – John the Baptist prepares the way for Jesus (cont’d)
  • Sun 20 Dec – Luke 1:39-45 – Mary visits Elizabeth




News Update 23rd November

Diocese-of-ChelmsfordSt Mary’s News Update 23rd November

Ministry & Mission Units (MMUs)

Within the coming year we will be working with a larger group of parishes than we are currently. These will be known as MMUs. We have the opportunity to apply for funding for someone to help with our mission – for example this might be a youth or families worker. We would really like to hear your thoughts on what would be most appropriate for our need. Please write your suggestions on the list in church by 13 December.

Upcoming Events

Routine events

  • Tues 24 Nov – 8pm Michael’s Home Group at Dorothy & Richard’s House
  • Thurs 26 Nov – 9am Coffee morning
  • Sun 29 Nov – 9.30am Communion, St Mary’s, Langham
  • Sun 29 Nov – 11.15am Joint service at All Saints Church, Great Horkesley (no service @ St Mary’s)
  • Thurs 3 Dec – 9am Coffee morning; 10am Rachel’s home group; 2.30pm 5Ts
  • Sun 6 Dec – 9.30am Holy Communion
  • Sun 6 Dec – 9.30am Communion, St Peter’s, Boxted
  • Sun 6 Dec – 11.15am Morning Praise, St John’s, Great Horkesley

Sunday Bible Readings

  • Sun 29 Nov – Mark 13:24-37 – Signs of the end of the age
  • Sun 6 Dec – Luke 3:1-6 – John the Baptist prepares the way for Jesus

Christmas Coffee Morning

Taking place on Sat 28 Nov, West Bergholt Methodist Church – 10am-12 midday.  Stalls, coffee and mince pies.

Joint Service and Christmas Tree Festival

Great Horkesley will be holding their Christmas Tree Festival over the weekend of 28 & 29 November at All Saints Church. The church will be open to visit the displays on Sat 11am – 4pm and Sun 1pm – 4pm. All Saints will also be hosting our 5th Sunday united service at 11.15am on Sun 29th November.

Christmas Choir

Next Christmas Choir Rehearsals – 29th November @ 10am & 6 Dec @ 10.45am

Christmas Tree Festival, St Mary’s West Bergholt

The pupils from Heathlands School will be decorating Christmas trees with gifts for the night shelter and the trees will be on display in the church between 3pm-4pm on Friday 11 December, and again on Saturday 12 December (times to be confirmed).

Dates for your diary

  • Fri 11 Dec – 7.45pm Wired Christmas Party
  • Sun 13 Dec – 9.30am Messy Church
  • Sun 20 Dec – 2.30pm Carol Service at the Old Church
  • Christmas Eve – 3pm Crib Service; 6.45pm Carol Service; 11.30pm Midnight Communion at All Saints, Great Horkesley
  • Christmas Day – 9.30am Family Christmas Service
  • Senior Citizens Lunch – Sat 16 January