For everyone who would like some traditional Christmas Services and events we have something for you at Blacklands Parish church:
Thursday 19th December, 6 p.m., Carol Singing outside the church with refreshments inside afterwards, including mulled wine and mince pies (singing may be inside if the weather is bad).
Sunday 22nd December, 4 p.m., Carols by Candlelight in church, based on the traditional service of Nine Lessons and Carols.
Tuesday 24th December, Christmas Eve, 4 p.m., Crib Service when Mary and Joseph arrive in church after their journey around the parish through Advent.
Tuesday 24th December, Christmas Eve, 11:15 p.m., Midnight Mass.
Wednesday 25th December, Christmas Day 10:30 a.m., Christmas Holy Communion.
On Monday 9th December at 3 p.m., to 5:30 p.m., Christmas Market, with High Tea, workshop stalls to learn skills like bread making, stained glass painting, floral decoration and more, and Father Christmas for the younger family members.
The site changes frequently as news breaks, events are announced and things happen, so please come back and see what has changed, been added and updated. The newsletters, from November 2011 to date, are being reformatted and relocated to give better accessibility. The newsletter for December 2019 is here.
We are very pleased to announce that we have been awarded “Dementia Friendly Church” status by Dementia Friends and also that we are recognised officially now as an “Assistance Dog Welcome” Church by Assistance Dogs UK. We have two fully trained “Dementia Friends”, Charmaine Hill and David Jones. David, through his work with Therapy Dogs, is fully qualified to support Guide Dogs, Hearing Dogs, Medical Detection Dogs and Canine Partners for Disabled.
The Parish has made real progress in the “Adopt-a-Street” Initiative for Hastings and St. Leonard’s. We have the third highest number of adoptions, after King’s Church and His Place, with more to come. There is a new section here where you may read a brief description and sign up to “Adopt-a-Street”.
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Monday, 9th December, 12:30 p.m., Lunch Club in the Hall
Monday, 9th December, 3:15 p.m., Christmas Market in the Hall
Wednesday 11th December, 9:30 a.m., Holy Communion, BCP
Thursday 12th December, 9:30 to 11:30 a.m., Poppins
Friday 13th December, 3:00 p.m., Prayer Group in Church
Friday 13th December, 6:00 p.m., Choir Practice in Church
Friday 13th December, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., Open Porch - book weddings, baptisms etc.
Friday 13th December, 7:30 p.m., Bell Ringing Practice, in the Tower
Sunday, 15th December, 10:30 a.m., Holy Communion
Sunday, 22nd December, 10:30 a.m., Holy Communion
Sunday, 22nd December, 4:00 p.m., Carols by Candlelight
The Parish has agreed to take part in the “Adopt-a-Street” Initiative - please read the information here
Sundays in December 2019: Parish Communion and Service Themes
1st December: 9:00 a.m., Holy Communion, Advent Sunday
1st December: 10:30 a.m., Family Worship
8th December: 10:30 a.m., Holy Communion, Second Sunday of Advent
15th December: 10:30 a.m., Holy Communion, Third Sunday of Advent
22nd December: 10:30 a.m., Holy Communion, Fourth Sunday of Advent
29th December: 10:30 a.m., Holy Communion, First Sunday of Christmas
1 A shoot will come up from the stump of Jesse; from his roots a Branch will bear fruit. 2 The Spirit of the Lord will rest on him — the Spirit of wisdom and of understanding, the Spirit of counsel and of might, the Spirit of the knowledge and fear of the Lord — 3 and he will delight in the fear of the Lord.
Isaiah 11, verses 1 to 3, New International Version