Wadebridge Advent Trail : 3-24 Dec, Wadebridge & ONLINE

We are excited to announce Wadebridge Advent Trail: a community Christmas event with Churches Together in partnership with the Wadebridge and District Hope Initiative.

Every day from the 3rd of December various shops and buildings across Wadebridge will display scenes from the Christmas story. These will be accompanied by videos recorded by a variety of contributors including Concern Wadebridge, Foodbank, St Breock Primary School, Wadebridge Primary Academy and ministers from the local churches. Look out for posters around town and scan the QR code to get started!

You can follow the trail day by day or save them all up for a Christmassy Wadebridge wander with the family. A map is avialable below. You can also follow along at home via our social media accounts.

We’d love to see everyone get onvolved, share your pictures from the trail using the hashtag #wadebridgeadventtrail.

Update 21 Dec: Wadebridge Advent Trail is still live and displays should stay up over the holiday period so you can catch up anytime! Alternatively, here’s a link to the video playlist so you can watch the story from home: https://youtube.com/playlist…

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Midnight Mass from Truro Cathedral : 24 Dec, ONLINE

This atmospheric service, offered at midnight at the darkest time of year, celebrates the dawn of hope that the birth of Jesus proclaims to the world.

This service is now fully booked to attend and tickets are no longer available.  However, this service will also be live-streamed on this page at 11pm and the replay will be available to watch on this page after the service has finished. If you have any problems viewing the live-stream or replay, please visit our YouTube channel.

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Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols: Live Stream from Truro Cathedral : 23 & 24 Dec, ONLINE

Offered every year in Truro Cathedral since 1880, the service of Nine Lessons and Carols reflects in words and music on this special time as we prepare to celebrate the birth of Jesus.

Truro Cathedral Choir will be singing at this service with its boy choristers on Wed 23 Dec and girl choristors on Christmas Eve, 24 Dec . Download Order of Service for Wed 23rd (Boys Choir) or Thurs 24 Dec (Girls Choir).

These services are now fully booked to attend and tickets are no longer available.  However, both will also be live-streamed on this page at 7pm and the replay will be available to watch on this page after the service has finished. If you have any problems viewing the live-stream or replay, please visit our YouTube channel.

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The Gift: Christmas Message of Hope from SouthWest Baptist Association

Rev. Carl Smethurst (Regional Minister – Mission, South West Baptist Association) shares a Christmas message of HOPE that is found in the shape of a Gift that could change your life forever…

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Christmas at Highway : 20-22 Dec Penryn & ONLINE

Sunday 20th December

Christmas Family Devotional Service 10.30am at Highway Community Church. Please book your ticket if you want to join us in person. https://tickets.myiknowchurch.co.uk/gb/NjMxLTQ/t.The service will also be broadcast live on Zoom. (Message for codes) Please have your favourite Christmas ornament if you would like to join in!

Tuesday 22nd December

Home group fun and festive quiz 8pm on Zoom. Hosted by the awesome Champion family! Please have your secret delivery ready to show everyone and wear all things festive!

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Christmas Message from the Bishop of Truro

The blessing of hope this Christmas

Bishop Philip shares his message for Christmas 2020

Posted by Truro Diocese on Wednesday, 16 December 2020
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Christingle At St Mary’s Penzance: Recording

This year Christmas will be very different for us all. As a cluster of 4 churches, we are curating a Christingle Service at St Mary’s Church in Penzance, which will be live streamed to all the primary schools in the area. We will be serving around 1000 pupils! We can’t meet in the usual way so this will bring together children from around Mounts Bay.

This year the service will be planned and led by year 6 children from St Mary’s C of E School in Penzance, helped by the churches in the Penlee Cluster and the churches of Mounts Bay. It will be live streamed from St Mary’s church on the 10th December at 2.15 pm to local schools, following which it will be available to everyone to watch for 10 days on our website penleecluster.org.uk

A Christingle service is orchestrated by The Children’s Society, it is a festive celebration taking place in communities every year. It gets its name from the objects lit during the service – oranges decorated with red tape, sweets and or fruits, and a candle.

During the service each child takes a Christingle, the candles are all lit to create a warm glow symbolising the light of Christ coming to bring hope in our troubled world. They consist of various symbols which help to tell the Christmas story. Can you guess what these symbols might represent? Please do join us by watching the service to find out!

We will be sending kits out to all the children who will then assemble their own Christingle – to comprise an orange, red ribbon, a candle, 4 cocktail sticks and sweet treats, see the picture above.

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Christmas Services at Emmanuel Baptist Church, Falmouth : 20-25 Dec, ONLINE

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Carols by Car-Light : Dutson, 20 Dec

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An Advent prayer from Churches Together in England

Written by our General Secretary, Rev Dr Paul Goodliff… 

Gracious God, in this season of Advent you invite us to wait and wonder again after a year full of wondering and waiting — wondering what this pandemic all means, and what the future holds; waiting for lockdowns to end, to meet friends, to see if vaccines work. So much wondering and waiting overshadowed by anxiety and loss.

And yet this waiting is different in Advent— we wait for your coming, for the fulfilment of the Kingdom promises in Christ and for time to be wrapped in eternity. We wait full of wonder at your grace, love and mercy; we watch and wait for the signs of your coming, overshadowed not by fear but by your sheltering wing.

Kindle afresh your hope in us, as we respond to human need; renew within us your joy, that we might banish despair; and light afresh the flame of your love and light within and through us as we proclaim the angels’ message of great joy for all people, the birth of a Saviour, who is Christ the Lord. For we put our trust in you and run with wonder to see afresh the baby in a feeding trough, the bread of life on his mother’s breast.

So, we pray for those in palaces to be granted generous hearts; for those in cowsheds, that you would come to their aid; for those on hillsides, bring light into their darkness, and for those far from home, that you would be their guide. For all the powerless in the world, may your kingdom come,

Through Christ, born of Mary and coming King, Amen.

Download this prayer as a PowerPoint to share in your context.

Hear a recording of this prayer by Paul Goodliff, accompanied by the words…

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