Follow the Star – join the Song in Fratton!
This year the Church of England is inviting us all to ‘Follow the Star and join the song’ as we prepare to celebrate Christmas
In Fratton at St Mary’s Church we will be inviting a variety of local schools and groups and the wider community to come and join the song with us. We will be hosting a great variety of Carol Services and Christmas Events. There is almost one very day of December up to Christmas Day (our own version of an Advent calendar!)
There will be gatherings of local schools (as well as Parish clergy sharing in celebrations in other local schools); Veterans Groups; the Portsmouth Music Hub; Portsmouth Choral Union; Royal Marine School of Music (with 2 concerts) and the News.
Father Bob, Vicar of St Mary’s says :
Each year we enjoy the variety of ways in which we hear and see the Christmas story retold, and the enjoyment all who come have in signing the carols. This year we are aware of the challenges being faced by many in our world both at a global, local and personal level and we hope our celebrations will help to bring some comfort, hope and peace into our lives. We hope may will want to come and ‘join the song!’
The highlights are
Mon Dec 4th 7pm District Scout Christingle – some 500 Explorers, Scouts, Cubs. Beavers, Squirrels, leaders and families will gather to celebrate the Christmas story and think about how they can bring light into darkness.
Fri Dec 8th 5.30pm The News Christingle – local celebrities; schools and the whole community come and enjoy exploring the story of the Christingle and show how each of us holding a light can change the darkness around us.
Sat Dec 9th 6pm Our Parish Choir will be singing for the Lord Mayor and Lady Mayoress at the Guildhall to support their Appeal for the year
Thurs Dec 14th/ Fri 15th 7.30pm Royal Marine School of Music Christmas Concert
Fri Dec 15th Noon The Comfort and Joy Carol Sing In – local agencies and those they work with gather to enjoy singing some carols and thinking about what Christmas means to them. As part of this the Gift Vouchers that have been donated will be distributed t the agencies to share with those on the margins at Christmas.
Tues Dec 19th 6pm come and join the choir and members of the congregation as we spend an hour singing carols around the local streets
Fri Dec 22nd 7pm The Traditional service of 9 Lessons and Carols led by our Choir – followed by Sherry and Mince Pies.
Sun Dec 24th 5pm Our young families and choir will share the Nativity Story with everyone
11.30pm The Midnight Mass will be celebrated as we sing with joy at the birth of Jesus
Mon Dec 25th 10am A service for Christmas day when we will give thanks for the greatest present that has been given ..