Friends of St Mary’s 9 Lessons & Carols Service

Just a quick post to remind you that on Sunday 19th December at 5pm, we will be holding our traditional 9 Lessons and Carols Service, which you are warmly invited to attend.

The service will begin at 5pm, but if you’d like to come earlier, you may enjoy hearing the Hawkesbury Ringers ringing our wonderful new bells from 4.30pm – a fitting start to a service filled with traditional Christmas music, led by Director of Music Ben Humphries, with the choir.

There will be plenty of parking available in the field beside the church. Please bring a torch if you think you will need one to negotiate your way to the church porch.

For health and safety reasons, please wear a mask in church. Unfortunately for social distancing reasons, we’ve had to cancel our plans to share mince pies and mulled wine with you after the service, but we are sure that in our beautiful setting, the service will be hugely enjoyable.

If you’re not able to attend, or you’d like to share our service with friends and relations further afield, here’s the video link to view the service on Youtube. It will go live at the time of the service and remain visible afterwards for you to view at your leisure.

December 2021 News

Lisa White, Secretary of Friends of St Mary’s, writes:

Our annual service of Nine Lessons and Carols is scheduled for Sunday 19th December at 6pm in St Mary’s, and we look forward to welcoming everyone back for this lovely occasion, which heralds the start of our Christmas worship.

Last year, Covid closed the church and our service could not take place, so we hope restrictions will not deter us this December, and we will celebrate with traditional carols, readings and a welcome from St Mary’s wonderful bells.

Following the service, mulled wine and mince pies will be served at Church Farm House. Please come and join us!

Despite everything that hit our community and country, 2021 proved to be a time of tremendous achievement for St Mary’s, with the completion of the stonework repairs to the tower, the refit of the vestry and south porch, and the installation of the splendid bells. Once again, we thank all those who have contributed to and supported this work which will be honoured for generations to come.

The Friends of St Mary’s Committee wish everyone a joyful, peaceful and hopeful Christmas and New Year.

Photo of crib scene in St Mary's Christmas 2020
Photo by Pauline Dixon taken at St Mary’s Christmas 2020; header photo by Brenda Brock

PS Have you ordered your Badminton Benefice 2022 Calendar yet? Filled with beautiful images from around the benefice, taken by Musical Director and Videographer Ben Humphries, it’s available now in a limited edition, from Hawkesbury Stores, from the parish churches, or via online ordering.
Click here for more details.


Advent 2 – 5th December 9.30am – Holy Communion
Advent 3 – 12th December 5pm – Evensong
Advent 4 – 19th December 5pm – FOSM 9 Lessons & Carols
Christmas Eve – 24th December 4.30pm – Carols by Candlelight with Live Nativity
Christmas Day – 25th December 9.30am – Holy Communion
Christmas 2 – 2nd January 9.30am – Holy Communion

Advent Service Preview (28th November)

At 5pm this Sunday (28th November), you are warmly invited to join us for a very special service to mark the beginning of Advent.

Advent is the season in which the Church looks forward both to Christ’s coming in his birth and incarnation, and also to his final advent as judge at the end of time.

The service begins in darkness, but candlelight will gradually fill our beautiful ancient parish church, just as the Word of God brings light into our hearts and lives.

The programme will feature several pieces by the acclaimed choir, as well as hymns sung by the congregation including:

  • Come thou Redeemer of the Earth
  • Hills of the North, Rejoice
  • O come, o come, Emmanuel
  • Lo, he comes with clouds ascending

The service is structured around the ‘O’ Antiphons (in the liturgy, a short sentence sung or recited before or after a psalm or canticle):

O Emmanuel: God with us

O Radix Jesse: The Root of Jesse, born in the line of David

O Oriens: The Morning Star, bringing light in the darkness

O Adonai: The Lord and leader of the house of Israel

O Rex Gentium: The King of all Nations

O Clavis David: The Key of David, freeing prisoners and opening a new way

O Sapientia: The Wisdom of God

Christ described himself as “The Light of the World”, the title of this iconic painting by William Holman Hunt pictured at the top of this post. (Source: Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons)