Come and be a part of our Advent and Christmas celebrations where there is something for everyone.
Advent and Christmas speak of a God who breaks into our world, coming and walking with us as one of us, sharing our hopes, fears, vulnerabilities and joy. This is no distant and remote God, but the Word-Among-Us. For the most up-to-date service dates and times, please check our events calendar.
Christmas Services 2020
Awaiting the Dawn: A service of Advent Readings and Music (Sunday 6 Dec, 3:30 pm): We meet in the darkness of the Church as candles are lit and the mystery of Christ's coming is explored. With music from our Parish Choir, and readings from Scripture and poetry.
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Nine Lessons and Carols (Sunday 20 Dec, 7:00 pm): A service featuring well-loved carols, beautiful choral music and readings that proclaim the birth of Jesus.
THIS SERVICE IS NOW FULLY BOOKED.
Children's Crib Service (Thursday 24 Dec, 2:00 pm): Immerse your family in the colour and wonder of the story of the nativity. Dress up as one of your favourite characters in the Christmas story, and come and be part of the story! This service is suitable for families with children of all ages.
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Midnight Mass (Thursday 24 Dec, 11:30 pm): In the darkness of night, the Light is born. Experience the drama and beauty of Christmas with choral music, well-known carols, and the blessing of the crib.
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Christmas Day Mass (Friday 25 Dec, 10:00 am): A joyful family Eucharist to celebrate the birth of Jesus. All are welcome!
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IMPORTANT INFORMATION We have a one-way system in place for visitors attending services at All Saints Church, Hove. Please enter the church through the West doors, the doors nearest the flagpole are the 'in' doors. On arrival at the church, our dedicated team of volunteers will check your ticket and hand you over to one of our amazing ushers, who will then take you to your seat and move any chairs if needed. Please follow the signposting to maintain social distancing and the use hand sanitiser provided on entry and exit. Please note, visitors to All Saints Church are required to comply with the following: All visitors must book a ticket in advance. Please book one ticket per person. Tickets are for your use only and are non-transferable. In line with government guidelines, you are required to wear a face covering for the duration of your visit. Please remember to bring one with you. When you arrive, please have your ticket ready to show a member of the Welcome team, either on your phone or a printed copy. Limited toilet facilities are available during your visit. Unfortunately, we are unable to provide refreshments and none are permitted in the building during your visit. To help keep everyone safe, please follow social distancing and government guidance when you visit. If you are showing any of the symptoms of coronavirus, or if you've been in contact with anyone that has the virus in the last 14 days, please don't visit. By reserving your ticket you agree to All Saints Church collecting the contact information you provide for COVID-19 contact tracing purposes.
Advent is a season of expectation as the Church prepares to celebrate the coming (adventus) of Christ in his incarnation, and also as judge and saviour at the end of time. The readings and liturgies not only direct us to Christ’s birth, they also challenge the modern reluctance to confront the theme of divine judgement. The Four Last Things—death, judgement, heaven and hell—have been traditional themes for Advent meditation. The characteristic note of Advent is therefore expectation, rather than penitence. Advent focusses on the key people who were prepared and chosen by God to make possible the incarnation of his Son. Our eyes are drawn to the Blessed Virgin Mary, John the Baptist, Elizabeth and Zechariah; and our Old Testament readings focus upon the prophets who look towards the coming of the Kingdom of God. Advent, then, is the season of promise and hope. ‘O Rising Sun, you are the Splendour of eternal light and the sun of justice. O come and enlighten those who sit in darkness and the shadow of death.’ (from the Great Advent Antiphons).
The celebration of Christ’s incarnation at Christmas is one of the two poles of the Christian year. The wonderful mystery of God’s dwelling among us in the fullness of humanity, as Emmanuel, foretold by the prophets and born of Mary, provides the material of the feast:
Hark, hark, the wise eternal word,
like a weak infant cries!
In form of servant is the Lord,
and God in cradle lies. (Thomas Pestel)
Christmas is much more than simply the celebration of Jesus’ birth. The task of the Christmas liturgy is to recall us, amid all the joyful customs and celebrations of Christmas, to this central truth of the Word made flesh for our salvation. O come, let us worship.