Advent to Candlemas at St Robert’s – 2019/20

– all are most welcome to join us at these celebrations of our Saviour’s birth as we observe the season known as ‘The Coming of the Kingdom’

Sunday, November 24th  (The Sunday Next before Advent; Festival of Christ the King)

Parish Communion at 9.15am, as we observe the Festival of Christ the King, starts the run up to Christmas and beyond – the period known as ‘The Coming of the Kingdom’.

Sunday, December 1st – ADVENT SUNDAY

At 9.15am an All-Age gift service at which gifts will be brought for distribution to adults and children at the Harrogate Women’s Refuge and Armley Meeting Point.

At 6.00pm at St Robert’s, there will be a joint benefice Choral Service of Light, incorporating readings, music and traditional seasonal hymns to mark the beginning of Advent and the seasonal expectation of the Nativity.

Sunday, December 15th

There will be a Taizé style service ‘Bringing Christ into the World’, meditating in words and music on the Advent message.  This service will be at 3.30pm

Sunday, December 22nd

Parish Communion at 9.15am ; this is a communion service for the last Sunday in Advent, with readings, hymns and anthems on the theme of Mary, the mother of Jesus, and the momentous visit paid to her by the Archangel Gabriel to tell her she was to be the mother of our Lord.

Festival of nine lessons and carols at 6.00pm; a traditional service with the familiar readings, carols from the choir and traditional carols and Christmas hymns for the congregation.  The service will be followed by mulled wine and mince pies in the Chapter House, when the results of the raffle for the Christmas hampers will be announced.

Tuesday, December 24th (Christmas Eve)

Crib services for all the family at 4.00pm and 5.15pm when the crib will be peopled by the Nativity characters and blessed; special visitor, Nigel the donkey, will be in attendance. Please be aware that these services are very popular and the church’s capacity is not unlimited, so please ensure that you are there in good time to secure a place.  Usually, the earlier service is oversubscribed, so to ensure a seat, we suggest that you come to the later one.

Midnight Eucharist at 11.30pm; the first communion service of Christmas.  Please note that, although described as a ‘midnight’ service, the start of the service is actually 11.30 pm.

Wednesday, December 25th (Christmas Day)

Holy Communion at 8.00am; this service (with the addition of well-known hymns/carols) uses the Order from the 1662 Book of Common Prayer and offers a quieter and more reflective celebration of the Christmas message.

Parish Festival Eucharist at 9.15am; this is an all-age service for the whole family –  Following Order 1 in Common Worship, the service will include favourite Christmas hymns and familiar Christmas music – children can bring one of their ‘early day’ Christmas presents and have it incorporated into the sermon!

Sunday, December 29th (First Sunday of Christmas)

Parish Communion at 9.15am; There will NOT be Holy Communion at 8.00am, and there will be NO Evensong

Sunday, January 5th (Feast of the Epiphany of the Lord)

There will be an All-Age service at 9.15am

Sunday, February 2nd (Feast of Candlemas – the Presentation of Christ in the Temple)

There will be an All-Age service at 9.15am.  In the evening, a joint benefice a Service of Light and Choral Evensong, held at St Michael’s, Beckwithshaw at 6.00pm to celebrate Candlemas – The Presentation of Christ in the Temple, brings to a close our observance of the period we know as ‘The Coming of the Kingdom’.