Christmas 2020 at All Saints

Christmas at All Saints Church Whitstable -www.allsaintswhitstable.com

We would like to invite you to our church this Christmas time for an uplifting time together after what for many has been a truly difficult year.

 

However, because of Covid-19 restrictions we are having to limit our 320 seat capacity to a maximum of 48 seats per service with 2 metre distancing and the compulsory use of face masks. Advanced booking will be essential for all the additional church services we are having to put on.

 

Please see below for our service times. This year is particularly complicated so we are having to send this out now so that pre-booking can take place effectively. 

 

Please email Rev Simon Tillotson at simon@teamvicar.org to book your seats.  

 

Once seating is confirmed you will be sent your tickets by email attachment in an A4 booking confirmation format with the number of guests permitted under your name. It is important you all arrive as one group so we can allocate the seats that will have been reserved for you under your name. Please give your first and last name on arrival so we can verify your booking. 

If you do not have a printer at home we can send you your A4 booking confirmation by post if you send us a stamped addressed envelope.

Services on Christmas Eve and close to Christmas Eve are likely to go the quickest and at the time of writing on 16th October were already about a third full.

All tickets are free of charge.

We are though asking all those attending to make a donation to All Saints to help with our financial deficit for the year which is considerable due to the loss of hall and wedding income this year.

Sadly singing is currently not permitted in our churches but we will be listening to carols, hearing readings and poems, and reflecting on the true meaning of Christmas.

If we have to cancel because of increasing tightening of restrictions we will email all those who have contacted us.

Please arrive early so you can be seated at 2 metre distance from those outside your household or bubble. Please let us know if your group need to sit apart too. This is sometimes the case if you are booking for friends who you are not in a bubble with.

We are keeping some tickets back for those not on email. Here are the service times:

What is the content of each service and when do they take place?

Sacred Space – An hour of reflective Christmas music with readings and prayers and periods of silence.

These will take place on Wednesday December 2nd and Monday 21st December at 8pm, finishing at 8.45pm

 

Children’s Christmas Service -

Listening to joyful Christmas carols many with a youthful theme and a Christmas message with prayers suitable for all ages.

These will take place from 4pm to 4.45pm on Wednesday December 2nd, Saturday December 5th, Friday December 11th, Wednesday December 16th, Saturday December 19th, Wednesday December 23rd and Christmas Eve, (Thursday December 24th). An additional service on Christmas Eve following the same format will take place from 2pm to 2.45pm.

There is no Christingle service this year due to the health and safety aspects of the service.

Christmas Carol Service – Listen to joyful Christmas carols, hear Bible readings and prayers, and a message from the Vicar or whoever else is taking the service. Suitable for adults and older children but probably not very young children.

These will take place from 7pm to 7.45pm on Thursday 3rd December, Wednesday 9th December, Saturday 12th December, Thursday 17th December, Saturday 19th December and Wednesday 23rd December

The Christmas Eucharistic Feast – Holy Communion services where we listen to carols and readings and Holy Communion is available in bread form only using social distancing and all other health precautions.

Midnight Mass – Christmas Eve at 11.15pm

Christmas Day    8am Holy Communion (Book of Common Prayer)   9.30am Holy Communion (Book of Common Prayer)

Please email simon@teamvicar.org to let Simon know how many people are planning to attend and which service. Prebooking is essential.

 

 We would prefer you emailed Simon rather than Facebook messaged him as he is hoping you will agree for us to use your email address to let you know about future events at All Saints Whitstable as part of the agreement for this booking.

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