Celebrate a traditional Christmas at one of St Albans’ churches
PUBLISHED: 07:04 13 December 2012
EVERY year, the Herts Advertiser proudly publishes a list of local church services at Christmas, a tradition we are happily continuing this year.
* St Albans Cathedral
December 15, 3pm – St Albans Bach Choir Family Carol Concert. Adults £5 (children £1 if seat required); December 15, 7pm – St Albans Bach Choir Carol Concert. Conductor: Andrew Lucas; Organ: Andrew Parnell. £10 (students and disabled, £5); December 22 – Carols on the Hour. Carol services start on the hour at 11am, 12noon, 1pm, 2pm, 3pm and 4pm. All welcome. Free; Christmas Eve, 3pm – Crib Service. A very popular and lively service lasting no more than an hour. Children visit the crib in the Cathedral and join in singing carols; 5.30pm – Choral Evensong for Christmas. A beautiful, reflective service sung by the Abbey Girls Choir; 11.30pm – Midnight Mass. Doors open from 10.50pm; Christmas Day, 8am – Eucharist with carols; 9.30am – parish Eucharist. A Christmas service for all ages with crèche and children’s activities. Sung by the Abbey Girls Choir and the men of the Cathedral Choir; 11.15am – Matins for Christmas Day - a service sung by the Cathedral Choir; 12.30pm – Eucharist; Boxing Day, 4pm – Carols on Boxing Day.
* Chiswell Green United Reformed Church, Watford Road
December 23, 6.30pm – traditional carol service; Christmas Day, 9.30am – family service.
* Christ Church, High Oaks
December 13, 2.30pm – carol service and Christmas tea; December 23, 6.30pm – all age carol service; Christmas Eve, 3pm – crib service for younger children and their families; 11.30pm – midnight Communion service; Christmas Day, 10.40am – all age Christmas Day service.
* City Church, Lyon Way, St Albans.
December 16, 10.30am – Nativity service; December 23, 10.30am – Christmas service; 7pm – candlelight carol service, followed by mulled wine and mince pies.
* Dagnall Street Baptist Church
December 15, 11am-1pm – open church; December 16, 10.30am – Christmas family service; December 22, 11am-1pm - open church, drop infor Christmas music and readings; December 23, 6.30pm – carol service; Christmas Day, 10.15am – Christmas Day service.
* Hatfield Road Methodist Church, St Albans.
December 21, 5pm – Christingle Tea Party for all children. Carers welcome to stay with younger children.; 6.15pm – Christingle worship for everyone; December 23, 7pm – carol service followed by refreshments and mince pies; Christmas Eve, 11.15pm – Holy Communion service; Christmas Day, 10.30am – all age worship.
* Homewood Road United Reformed Church
December 16, 10.30am – children’s church Christmas festival service; December 23, 6.30pm – carol service; Christmas Eve, 11.30pm – Christmas Eve service; Christmas Day, 10.30am – Christmas Day service.
* Living Waters, International Christian Fellowship
December 23, 4pm – celebration service, at Hatfield Road, Methodist Church.
* Marlborough Road Methodist Church
December 23, 10.30am – service of readings and carols; Christmas Eve, 7pm – Communion; Christmas Day, 10.30am – Christmas worship.
* Marshalswick Baptist Free Church, Sherwood Avenue
December 16, 10.15am – family worship for Advent; 6pm – carols by candlelight for all ages; December 19, 7.15 pm – carols for all at Jersey Farm Community Centre, St Brelade’s Place; December 23, 10.15am – family worship for Advent; 6pm – carols and ‘The Nativity’- a presentation written and performed by our young people; Christmas Eve, 11.30pm – Christmas Eve Communion; Christmas Day, 10.15am – family Christmas celebration.
* Network Church
December 23, 10.30am – family Christmas Service, Rothamsted Conference Centre, off the A1081 just south of Harpenden.
* New Testament Church of God, Fleetville Community Centre
December 23, 4pm – carol service; Christmas Day, 8.30am – family service.
* SS Alban & Stephen Catholic Church, Beaconsfield Road
Christmas Eve, 7pm – first Mass of Christmas (family Mass); 9pm – Italian Mass; 11.15pm – carols followed by midnight Mass; Christmas Day – masses at 8am, 9.30am and 11.30am; 4pm Polish mass; December 26, 12noon – Feast of St Stephen, Mass.
* St Julian’s Church, Abbotts Avenue
Christmas Eve 4pm – crib service; Christmas Day, 10am – family Communion.
* St Luke’s Church, Cell Barnes Lane
December 16, 4pm – candlelit carol service; Christmas Eve, 11pm – midnight Holy Communion, a candlelit service; Christmas Day, 10am – all-age celebration and Holy Communion. Bring your favourite presents with you.
* St Leonard’s Church, Church End, Sandridge
December 16, 6pm – carol service; Christmas Eve, 3pm and 5pm – crib services; 11.30pm - first Communion of Christmas; Christmas Day, 10am – all age celebration.
* St Mary’s, Marshalswick, Sherwood Avenue
December 23, 9.30am – parish Communion; 6.30pm – parish carol service; Christmas Eve, 5pm – crib service with nativity play; 11.30pm – Christmas midnight Mass; Christmas Day, 10am – family Communion.
* St Paul’s Church, Hatfield Road, St Albans
December 16, 10.30am – morning worship with children and youth parties; December 23, 6.30pm – candlelit carol service, food and drinks served afterwards; Christmas Eve, 3.30pm and 5pm – crib services for all the family. 11.30pm – midnight Communion; Christmas Day, 8am – traditional Communion; 10.30am – family Communion; New Year’s Day, 6pm – praise service with food.
* St Peter’s Church, St Peter’s Street
Christmas Eve 3pm – children’s crib service; 6.30pm – candlelit carol service with traditional carols and readings; 11.30pm – midnight Mass; Christmas Day, Tuesday, December 25, 8am – Holy Communion (BCP) traditional said service. 9.30am – the Christmas Eucharist, a celebration for all the family; 11.15am – choral Mattins.
* St Saviour’s Church, Sandpit Lane
December 23, 6pm – traditional carol service; Christmas Eve, 5pm – Christingle; 11.30pm – midnight Mass; Christmas Day, 8am – low Mass; 9.30am – parish Eucharist.
* St Stephen’s Church, Watling Street
Christmas Eve, 4pm – crib service; 11.30pm – midnight Mass; Christmas Day, 8am – Holy Communion; 10am – family Communion.
* Thirlmere Church, 153 Cell Barnes Lane
December 23, 4.30pm – carols by candlelight; Christmas Day, 10.30am – Christmas service.
* Trinity United Reformed Church, Beaconsfield Road
December 16, 10am – interactive festival service; 4pm – carols and tea; Christmas Day, 10am – Christmas Day service.
* The Vineyard Church, 7 Brick Knoll Park, Ashley Road
December 16 and 23, 9.30am and 11.30am – Christmas guest services, everyone welcome; December 21, 6.30pm-9pm – A Vineyard Christmas film night – A Muppet Christmas Carol - book free seats in advance with the church; Christmas Eve, 5pm and 7pm – carols and candlelight, join us for a short hour of carols, warm fruit punch and mince pies; December 30, 10.30am – New Year’s Eve eve service.
* Spicer Street Church
December 16 – carols at 6.30pm; December 23 – carols at 9.30am, 11.15am and 6.30pm; Christmas Eve – family celebration at 4.30pm; Christmas Day – 10.30am. Creche and refreshments available at each service.
If you value what this story gives you, please consider supporting the Herts Advertiser. Click the link in the orange box above for details.