The Parish Magazine December 2021


Serving the communities of Charvil, Sonning, & Sonning Eye since 1869

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A brief guide to our

Christmas Services

and Celebrations

Christmas Covid Caveat

At the time of printing this issue of

The Parish Magazine we are expecting

to be able to hold all the services

and parties listed on the opposite

page, but, as we are sure you will

understand, they are all subject to any

changes in the Covid rules.

We encourage you to use the

sanitizing lotion when arriving and

leaving church and to take sensible

precautions while inside. Mask

wearing is optional.

You are also advised to check if

there are any changes to the services

and parties by visiting our website

or contacting the parish office — the

contact details are on page 42.

Time to arrive?

As a general rule for Christmas

services at St Andrew's, it advisable to

give yourself plenty of time to arrive

in church before a service starts,

especially if you are parking a car, but

don't let this stop you from coming, we

usually have room inside for everyone!

Family Toy and Gift Service

Sunday 5 December at 10.30am

December's Family Service begins

with the lighting of the second Advent

Candle and will include a special visit

by Saint Nicholas (see centre pages)

who will witness the lighting of the

Christmas tree and receive toys and

gifts for the Reading Family Aid

Christmas Appeal. There will also

be a cash collection which will be

donated to the Appeal to purchase

more toys. Last year, Reading Family

Aid delivered 1,401 toys and gifts to

disadvantaged children in the Reading

area, and this year they already have a

list of over 2,500 children in need.

This service marks the resumption

of our monthly Family Services, held

on the first Sunday, and which have not

been possible due to Covid restrictions.

Christmas Party

Sunday 12 December in The

Ark, 3-4.30pm. Family fun for all ages

with party food, Christmas craft

activities, Christmas crackers, Carol

singing and a visit from St Nicholas.

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Spick and span and ready to welcome

you to St Andrew's this Christmastide

Some of the Friends of St Andrew's Church (FoStAC) who spent a Saturday

morning giving the Church a special 'spring' clean before the busy seasons of

Advent and Christmas.

Picture: Sally Wilson

Rendezvous in The Ark Party

The annual Christmas lunch for

Rendezvous in The Ark is always the

busiest one of the year so if you are

planning on being there for a delicious

traditional Christmas lunch served

up by Emma — from Emma's Kitchen

Twyford — and her team and join in

traditional Christmas entertainment,

then book your seat by Monday 6

December by contacting: office@ or 0118 969 3298

Nine Lessons and Carols

Sunday 19 December at 5pm

The first Festival of Nine Lessons

and Carols was held at King's College,

Cambridge on Christmas Eve in 1918.

Today it is a 'traditional' Christmas


At St Andrew's we worship in

candlelight with the original King

James Bible readings. In keeping with

the spirit of the original idea of it being

'more imaginative worship' the choir

often sings a modern carol or two. As

the title of the service suggests, the

story of Christmas is told from the

beginning of creation to the birth of


Christmas Crib Service

Christmas Eve 24 December at 4pm

In previous years this wonderful

service has been the most popular of

all our Christmastide acts of worship

at St Andrew's, so give yourself plenty

of time to get there, park and to be

seated. The service revolves around

children telling the Christmas story.

All children are invited to come

dressed as shepherds, angels, wise

men, sheep, donkeys, and so on,

to help make it a memorable and

spectacular event.

Midnight Mass

Christmas Eve 24 December at 11pm

Please note that our first Holy

Communion service for Christmas

begins this year slightly earlier than

previously at 11pm.

Christmas Day

Our Parish Eucharist Service for

Christmas Day will be held at

10.30am and children are invited to

bring with them a Christmas toy or

game to show the vicar.

Boxing Day

Sunday 26 December at 8am

This year, Boxing Day falls on a Sunday

so we will be holding a traditional

Book of Common Prayer Holy

Communion Service at 8.00am. This

will be the only service in the church

on this day, however, you will able

view an online service being broadcast

by Oxford Diocese.

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