In case you missed them... All the Christmas services in churches across St Albans, Harpenden and the villages

PUBLISHED: 08:19 22 December 2017

St Albans Cathedral Abbey Orcard in the snow

St Albans Cathedral Abbey Orcard in the snow


God with us is the theme of Christmas services being held in churches across St Albans and district.

Choristers throwing snowballs outside St Albans CathedralChoristers throwing snowballs outside St Albans Cathedral

At Christmas, we celebrate God being born as a baby and coming to live among us. He came to show us his love, and to show us how to love each other.

Christmas offers light in a dark world, and hope when life is tough.

God came down to offer everyone a new start in life – an offer that’s still open to everyone.

Find out more by visiting any of the church services listed. Churches across the district are waiting to welcome you.

St Albans CathedralSt Albans Cathedral

Rev Peter Crumpler

Associate Minister, St Leonard’s, Sandridge

Christmas Eve

All Saints Church, Station Road, Harpenden, 4.30pm children’s Christmas carol and crib service, 11.30pm midnight Communion with carols

St Mary’s Church, Kinsbourne Green, 2.30pm and 4.30pm children’s Christmas crib service, 11.30pm midnight Mass

St Nicholas’ Church, Church Green, Harpenden, 10.30am combined Communion service, 3pm and 5pm crib service, 11pm midnight Mass with carols

Spicer Street Church, St Albans, 10.30am carol service, 4.30pm family celebration

St Helen’s Church, High Street, Wheathampstead, 3pm and 4.15pm crib service, 11pm midnight Communion

All Saints’ Church, Station Road, Harpenden, 4.30pm children’s Christmas carol and crib service, 11.30pm midnight Mass with carols

Marlborough Road Methodist Church, St Albans, 10.30am carol service

City Church, Lyon Way, St Albans, 5pm carols by candlelight

Crabtree Church, Crabtree Lane, Harpenden, 10.30am Christmas Eve family service

SS Albans and Stephen Catholic Church, Beaconsfield Road, St Albans, 11.30pm carols and midnight Mass

St Martin’s Church, London Road, Shenley, 6pm Nativity service, 11.30pm midnight Mass

St John’s Church, Gills Hill Lane, Radlett, 4.30pm crib service for all the family

Christ Church, Watling Street, Radlett, 10.30am family Communion, 4pm crib service for all the family, 6.30pm candlelight srvice, 11.30pm midnight Communion

Forest Town Church, Lyon Way, St Albans, 10am carols in the café

St John the Baptist Church, Church End, Markyate, 4pm crib service and carols, 11.30pm midnight Mass

St Leonard’s Church, Flamstead, 2pm crib service and carols, 6pm lessons and carols by candlelight, 11.30pm midnight Mass

St John’s Church, Harpenden, 3pm, ‘Walking to Bethlehem’. Telling the story of Christmas as we walk through Southdown. Meet by the Christmas tree on the green opposite the Co-op and end at St John’s. Ideal for children. You are welcome to come in nativity costumes (not required!). 11.30pm midnight Communion.

Christ Church, High Oaks, St Albans, 3pm family Nativity service

Dagnall Street Baptist Church, Cross Street, St Albans, 3pm Christingle service

High Street Methodist Church, Harpenden, 10.30am children’s Nativity service, 11.15pm midnight Communion

St Paul’s Church, Hatfield Road, St Albans, 10.30am morning service, 3pm and 4.30pm crib services, 11.30pm midnight Communion

Marshalswick Baptist Free Church, Sherwood Avenue, St Albans, 10.15am family Christingle, 11.30pm Christmas Eve Communion

The Salvation Army, Victoria Street, St Albans, 4pm carols by candlelight

St Albans Cathedral, 10am combined Eucharist, 2.30pm crib service, 5.30pm choral Evenson, 11.30pm midnight mass

St Luke’s Church, Cell Barnes Lane, St Albans, 10.30am Nativity service, 11pm midnight Holy Communion

St Michael’s Church, St Michael’s Street, St Albans, 4pm crib service, 11.30pm midnight Mass

The Vineyard Church, Brick Knoll Park, St Albans, 10.30am Christmas Eve morning service, 5pm and 7pm carols and candlelight

St Leonard’s Church, Church End, Sandridge, 3pm and 5pm crib services, 11.30pm first Communion of Christmas

St Peter’s Church, St Peter’s Street, St Albans, 3pm crib service, 6.30pm candlelit carol service, 11.30pm midnight Communion

The Ridgeway Church, Sandringham School, St Albans, 4pm all-age service

Christmas Day

All Saints, Harpenden, 10.30am worship service with Holy Communion and carols, 10.30am family worship with Holy Communion and carols

St Mary’s, Kinsbourne Green, 9.30am Christmas family Communion

St Nicolas, Harpenden, 8am Holy Communion, 11.30am morning praise with carols and Holy Communion

SS Albans and Stephen Catholic Church, 9.30am Mass

Spicer Street Church, 10.30am Christmas Day service

St Peter’s, Wheathampstead, 11.15am Christmas celebration

St Helen’s, Wheathampstead, 9.30am Christmas Communion

Marlborough Road Methodist, 10.30am Christmas Day all-age worship

Crabtree Church, Harpendne, 10.30am Christmas Day family celebration

St Martin’s, Shenley, 9.30am Christmas Communion service

St John’s, Radlett, 8am Holy Communion, 10am family Communion

St John the Baptist, Markyate, 10am Holy Communion with carols

St Leonard’s, Flamstead, 8am Holy Communion with carols, 10am morning service with carols

St John’s, Harpenden, 8am Communion

St Albans Quakers, 10.15am Quaker meeting

Christ Church, St Albans, 10am Christmas Day family celebration

Harpenden Quakers, 10.30am meeting for worship

Dagnall Street Baptists, 10.15am Christmas family worship

Harpenden URC, 10am family service

St John’s, Harpenden, 8am and 9.30am Christmas Day parish Communion

St Paul’s, St Albans, 8am traditional Holy Communion, 10.30am family Communion

Marshalswick Baptist Free Church, 10.15am family celebration

The Salvation Army, St Albans, 10.30am Christmas Day worship

Christ Church, Harpenden, 10am Christmas morning family service

St Albans Cathedral, 8am Eucharist with carols, 9.30am Matins, 12.30pm Eucharist

St Luke’s, St Albans, 10am Christmas Day celebration with Holy Communion

Bethany Community Church, St Albans, 11am Christmas Day service

St Mary’s, St Albans, 11.15am Communion and carols

St Michael’s, St Albans, 9.30am Communion and carols

St Leonard’s, Sandridge, 10am all-age Christmas celebration

The Vineyard Church, St Albans, 10.30am Christmas Day morning family service

St Peter’s, St Albans, 8am Holy Communion, 9.30am all-age Communion, 11.15am sung Matins

Ridgeway Church, St Albans, 11am Christmas Day family service

Boxing Day

SS Alban and Stephen Catholic Church, 11am Mass

St Albans Cathedral, 9am and 12noon Eucharist

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