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What's on this Advent and Christmas Season

We have lots of exciting ways to connect with the church family, with God and with the meaning of Advent and Christmas coming up this season. Have a look at some of the options below!

If you would like to see what our sister churches in the rest of our benefice have on offer through advent, click here!

Creative Advent Course

Click on the picture to find out more about our Creative Advent Course, which will take place every Wednesday in December. A relaxed and informal way to discover the meaning of Advent and get out our christmassy vibes. 

Advent Breakfast Church

Join us for breakfast and worship, and as we welcome a new member of God's church in Holy Baptism !

This month's theme will be advent, looking forward to Jesus coming as our promised King of Kings.

Christmas Explored Nativity Trail!

Come young and old and join us in a walk through Nativity activity trail around St Mary's Church, telling the story of the Nativity. 

This is a drop-in activity so come at any time!

This activity afternoon finishes with our outdoor Carol Service at 4pm around the Christmas Tree and (heavily guarded) Fire-pit!


Outdoor Carol Service Around the Christmas Tree (and Fire)

Come and join us and lift your voices for our Outdoor Village Carol Service around the tree at St Mary's Church! 

Saturday 18th December at 4pm.

There will be Christmas carols, Christmas bible stories, a Children's Story and a short time of prayer, all the Christmas Tree.

Followed by mulled wine (and soft equivalent), mince pies and a fire pit!

Carol Singing in Charlton Down


Come and join some carol singing around Charlton Down on Tuesday 21st December from 5.30-7pm. Or look out for us if we're nearby! 

Places and times tba. 

All are welcome. 

Crib and Nativity Service - Christmas Eve

 Come and join us on Christmas eve to hear the Angels' account of the Nativity Story. This is an interactive and family friendly service. Children and Grown-ups of all ages are invited to come dressed as their favourite nativity Character!

24th December at 4pm

St Mary's Church, Charminster

All Are Welcome.

Midnight Mass (the first Holy Communion of Christmas)


"O Holy Night, the Stars are Brightly Shining..."

Want to celebrate Christmas the moment it arrives? Join us in worship on Christmas Eve at 11pm as we see in Christmas together at this traditional and beautiful service, lit by candles and filled with carols. 

All are welcome. 

New to Holy Communion? Ask for a blessing at the altar or call one of our clergy to find out more.

Christmas Day All-Age Communion Service




Come and join us for a family-friendly communion service as we celebrate the arrival of God with us, 'Emmanuel'. 

With carols, celebration and an all-age sermon!


Christmas Fayre 20th November

 Come and join us on Saturday 20th November for our Church Christmas Fayre and stock up on presents and goodies for the upcoming season! 

There will be homemade bakes and cakes, jams and preserves, winter warmers, games and puzzles, Christmas decorations, crafts and cards, children's activities, bric-a-brac, tombola and much, much more!

All Are welcome!

Messy Christmas!


All-Age Messy Church celebrating the Christmas Story! 

Mess, Crafts, Games, Prayer, Bible Stories, Songs and More!

Sunday 24th November 4pm. 

Christingle Service


Join us online as we build and light our Christingles, celebrating Jesus, light of the world. This service is in aid of the Children's Society, which does vital work supporting young people living in difficult circumstances around the UK so we encourage you to give generously to the collection during the service. 






Due to the growing number of children testing positive for Covid-19 in our local area, and after careful consideration, we have taken the difficult decision to hold our Christingle service on-line, by Zoom this year.


This is to ensure that everyone stays safe and that those who are isolating can still take part.


You will be able to come to St Marys Church Charminster and pick up your Christingle pack with everything needed to make your Christingle, this Saturday 4 December between 2pm and 3.30pm. Packs will be kept near the entrance of the church for you to collect later on if you can't make it then.


Please see below for the link that will allow you to join us this Sunday 5 December at 4pm.


We hope to see you all then!


Mark Phillips is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.


Topic: 4pm Christingle service by Zoom this Sunday.

Time: Dec 5, 2021 04:00 PM London


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Meeting ID: 819 4811 7206

Passcode: 866371