Calendar December 2021

This page shows the Church Calendar for the current or selected month. We have resumed a pattern of worship in our church buildings. Our current schedule of services may be subject to change during the vacancy. Please see more information here and on the home page.

1 Wed  Mid-week Communion, St John's, Milborne Port  10:30 am 
3 Fri  Francis Xavier View more..

Francis Xavier

On December 2nd, the Church remembers the Saints, Martyrs and Missionaries of Asia. On the following day, December 3rd, Francis Xavier is remembered as one of the first missionaries from the west to take the 'good news' to Asia. He was following, therefore, in the footsteps of the apostle Saint Thomas who is traditionally thought to have visited India.

Francis Xavier first went to Goa in Western India in 1541, just thirty or so years after the area had been established as a colony of Portugal. Francis had been one of the original members of the Society of Jesus (Jesuits) founded by Ignatius Loyola and dedicated to the spreading of the gospel. Not content with ministering solely to the Portuguese settlers, Francis started a mission to the native Indians, deploring the abuse he saw of the poor. In letters home to Ignatius Loyola, he pleaded for more Christians in the west to join him in his missionary work, 'Many, many people hereabouts are not becoming Christians for one

    Holy Communion, Charlton Horethorne  9:00 am 
    Holy Communion, Milborne Port  10:30 am 
    Evensong, Stowell  6:00 pm 
6 Mon  St Nicholas, Bishop of Myra, c 326   
7 Tue  Ambrose, Bishop of Milan, Teacher 397   
8 Wed  The Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary   
    Mid-week Communion, St John's, Milborne Port  10:30 am 
    Holy Communion BCP, Goathill  9:00 am 
    Holy Communion, Milborne Port  10:30 am 
    Carol Service, Goathill View more..

Carol Service, Goathill

Everyone welcome PLEASE DRESS WARMLY. We will need to keep the door open.

To everyone unable to come - We wish you a very Happy Christmas and New Year

 3:00 pm 
    Evensong, Charlton Horethorne  6:00 pm 
13 Mon  St Lucy, Martyr at Syracuse, 304   
14 Tue  John of the Cross, Poet, Teacher 1591   
15 Wed  Mid-week Communion, St John's, Milborne Port  10:30 am 
16 Thu  Carol Service, Milborne Wick  6:30 pm 
18 Sat  'Blue' Christmas, Milborne Port View more..

'Blue' Christmas, Milborne Port

The first Christmas after someone in the family has died is always difficult. During the pandemic it has been even harder, with families throughout the country having had to make difficult decisions over who could attend the funeral of loved ones.

This service is for those who have lost a loved one during the previous year or so, and would like the opportunity to remember them in a special way at Christmas. The service consists of prayers, readings, music and silence, with the names of those who have died read out and candles lit.

If you would like your relative’s name read out at this service, whether you will be attending or feel unable to come, please ring 07515 11 99 52.

Church will be open for private prayer in the run up to Christmas and you are welcome to come and light a candle at other times as well.

 4:30 pm 
    Holy Communion, Milborne Wick  9:00 am 
    Holy Communion/Matins, Milborne Port  10:30 am 
    Carols by Candlelight, Milborne Port  6:00 pm 
    Holy Communion, Charlton Horethorne  6:00 pm 
20 Mon  Carol Singing, Stowell  7:00 pm 
22 Wed  Mid-week Communion, St John's, Milborne Port  10:30 am 
24 Fri  Crib Service & Craft Activity, Milborne Port View more..

Crib Service & Craft Activity, Milborne Port

children please come dressed as a character from the Nativity

 3:30 pm 
    Carol Service, Charlton Horethorne  6:00 pm 
    Midnight Communion, Milborne Port  11:00 pm 
    Holy Communion (BCP), Milborne Port  9:00 am 
    Family Communion, Milborne Port  10:30 am 
    Family Service & Communion, Charlton Horethorne  10:30 am 
    Holy Communion, Milborne Port  10:30 am 
    St Stephen, Deacon, First Martyr   
27 Mon  St John, Apostle & Evangelist View more..

St John, Apostle & Evangelist

If there was ever an order of merit for saints then Saint John the Apostle would surely be right there at the top of the list. And yet, his feast day on December 27th, just two days after Christmas Day, passes almost unnoticed. Perhaps this is just what he would have wanted since in his gospel he only referred to himself anonymously as 'the disciple whom Jesus loved'. At first sight, such a description might suggest an air of exclusivity, but, in fact, John's purpose was quite the opposite - he wanted to diminish his own role in order to emphasise the true nature of his Master, Jesus Christ. He would entirely approve of his feast day being placed in the shadow of the most important birthday of all time.

So who was Saint John? We know that there was a John, the son of Zebedee, brother of James and a fisherman from Galilee. It was John who sat next to our Lord at the Last Supper. Such was our Lord-s confidence in the caring nature of John that, at the Crucifixion, it was

28 Tue  The Holy Innocents   
29 Wed  Thomas Becket