Despite all the restrictions imposed because of the coronavirus crisis, the Churches are finding new ways of marking Advent and celebrating Christmas this year. At parish, benefice, diocesan and national level there are opportunities for everyone to join in events and activities for this great Christian festival. We will be adding more information as it comes to hand, so please re-visit this page.
In addition to the "live" church services, there are details below of options for taking part in Sunday worship at home; these cater for those who prefer not to mix with other people during the virus crisis.
Services at St. Giles
6th December, 2nd Sunday in Advent - 11.15am Morning Prayer led by Dr. Margaret Clark
13th December, 3rd Sunday in Advent - 11.15am Eucharist with the Bishop of Hereford and our Rector, Revd Lynn Money
20th December, 4th Sunday in Advent - 11.15am Morning Prayer led by Dr. Margaret Clark
25th December, Christmas Day - 11.15am Christmas Eucharist with Revd Preb Nick Helm
Ashfords Benefice Services
20th December - 4pm Celebration of Christmas at All Saints Church, Richards Castle, led by Revd Lynn Money
24th December, Christmas Eve - 8pm Poems by Candlelight at St. Mary Magdalene Church, Ashford Carbonel, led by Lay Leader of Worship Peter Stretton
27th December, 10.30am Benefice Carol Service at St. Andrew's Church, Ashford Bowdler, led by Revd Preb Dr John Daniels
Worship at Home
Worshipping at Home but Together - Service sheets and the Rector's sermon are circulated by the Benefice Office or can be downloaded from our Services & Events pages, so that they can be read at home at the same time as our services are being held in the church.
Hereford Diocese is offering Sunday services that can be watched online on its YouTube channel.
National Worship Services are being streamed at 9.00am every Sunday by the Church of England - LINK
Doorstep Carols - 16th December at 6pm - join in a national singalong to carols broadcast on local radio - LINK
Comfort & Joy - the Church of England's Advent Calendar for Children, there are daily videos to watch via the CofE's website or YouTube channel. Hereford Diocese is doing daily videos of children acting out the events leading to the birth of Jesus, to view on YouTube.
ACE Reflections with Prebendary Nick Helm - For Advent, Christmas and Epiphany ("ACE"), Nick is publishing online weekly 30-minute sessions of scripture, reflection and prayer, poetry, spiritual writing and music. These are available on his Soulspark blog site.
Bishop of Hereford's Weekly Message - These are usually between 5 and 8 minutes long, and are posted on YouTube every Thursday.