Christmas in The Benefice 2020

Due to the advent of the COVID 19 epidemic there will be a change in the usual pattern of Christmas services in the I.V.B. These are set out below. 

In relation to the services on Christmas Eve at 1130pm and on Christmas Day. 

In Parishes where these two services will be available, namely; Fontmell Magna, Iwerne Minster and Shroton, we will be asking people to book a place at one or other of these two services and sadly not to attend or book for both as numbers are restricted this year due to the need to offer a socially distanced Covid safe environment which we are committed to provide. 

In order to book for the Christmas Eve or Christmas day service at St Mary Parish Church Shroton please contact the Revd John and Mrs Jan Simmons on 01258 861915

In order to book for Christmas Eve or Christmas Day services at Iwerne Minster please contact Mr David Parkhouse on 01747 812603

In order to book for Christmas Eve or Christmas Day at Fontmell Magna please contact Mrs Lavender Buckland at 01747 812683

On the 20th of December the 'Normal' Carol services will be approached in a slightly different way due to the ban on singing however we hope to provide a thoroughly enjoyable service with our parish Churches providing beautiful Carols played through our own sound systems being performed by various Choirs and artists.  

See below for the full details of the services we are providing this year.

please book early to avoid disappointment .

Sunday the 20th of December:

0930 Sung Eucharist service at St Andrew Fontmell Magna

0930 Christmas / Carol service at St Bartholomew Sutton Waldron

11.00 Christmas / Carol  service at St Mary Iwerne Minster (service 1)

3pm Christmas / carol service at St Mary Iwerne minster (service2)  PLEASE BOOK A PLACE AT ONE OF THESE SERVICES BY CONTACTING MR DAVID PARKHOUSE ON 01747 812603

0930 Christmas / Carol service at Ashmore (service 1)

1100 Christmas / Carol service at St Nicholas Ashmore (Service 2) PLEASE BOOK  A PLACE AT ONE OF THESE SERVICES BY CONTACTING MR PHILIP HAMILTON ON 01747 811806

4pm Christmas celebration service at St Mary Shroton (service 1)

6pm Christmas Celebration service at Shroton (service 2)  PLEASE BOOK FOR SHROTON SERVICES BY CONTACTING REVD JOHN AND MRS JAN SIMMONS AS ABOVE. These services at Shroton will feature, soloists and small group singing, instrumentalists and an organ recital on the newly refurbished organ. There will be dialogues and reading which will tell the story of the nativity as told in Luke's Gospel.

Christmas Eve                 

                                     11.30pm Holy Communion
                                     St Mary's Shroton
                                     
                                     11.30pm Holy Communion
                                     St Mary's Iwerne Minster
                                     
                                     11.30pm Holy Communion
                                     St Andrew's Fontmell Magna
                                     

Christmas Day                                                  

                                     9.30am Holy Communion -  St Andrew's Fontmell Magna 

                                     9.30am Holy Communion - St Mary Iwerne Minster

                                    10.00am Holy Communion - St Mary's Shroton                                     

                                    11.00am Holy Communion -  St Bartholomew's Sutton Waldron 

                                    11.00am Holy Communion - St Nicholas Ashmore    

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         A Benefice Carol Service will also be available on video from 20th December via the website.  This will be led by Revd Chris Jervis with James Smith as organist and a reduced Benefice Choir in order to comply with Covid rules and RSCM recommendations on  distancing for singers.  It will include traditional readings and carols that we can all join in with at home, free of face-coverings and able to let rip with our vocal cords!

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