Advent & Christmas 2021
We love to celebrate Christmas at STC! We hope you can join us at one or more of the gatherings below. Scroll down to the bottom for FAQs.
Saturday 4th December
- 10.30-1.00 Carols on the Streets – beginning onsite and moving to outside ‘A Better Fit’ along Crookes. Join us to sing and hand out mince pies!
Sunday 5th December – Advent 2
- 9am Gathering – includes Communion
- 11am Gathering – includes Kids Church & Sunday Youth, onsite and online.
- 7pm Gathering – an informal gathering with refreshments served from 7pm.
Sunday 12th December – Advent 3
- 9am Gathering – 1 hour, includes Communion. Kids Church will be at this earlier time for one week only.
- NO 11am Gathering or youth!
- 3pm Crookes Carols indoors / 6pm Crookes Carols outdoors
- 4-6pm Crookes Christmas – come and visit our Christmas Village Square! This includes carols indoors at 3 (this will also be live-streamed online) and outdoors at 6, with short talks from our amazing guest speaker Paul Cowley, as well as FREE seasonal drinks and treats, live music and much more!
Sunday 19th December – Advent 4
- 9am Gathering – 1 hour, includes Communion
- 11am Gathering – 1 hour, all age; no Kids Church
- 3.30pm 0-8s Nativity – 1 hour of Nativity fun for families – there will be craft, singing, dancing, and even Christmas games! Join us as we tell the Christmas story together – all costumes are provided, but feel free to come dressed in one of your own. Afterwards, you can even take photos in our pop-up Nativity photo booth!
- 7pm Carols by Candlelight – A reflective, candlelit evening of traditional carols and readings. Onsite and online.
Christmas Eve, 24th December
- 3.30pm Christingle – A joyful all age celebration to remember Jesus – the Light of the World. We’ll be making our own Christingles during the gathering, singing carols and learning about the work of the Children’s Society…all with the help of a giant inflatable human Christingle!
- 11pm Midnight Communion – A quiet, reflective service with communion and carols in candlelight. Join us as we take some space to welcome Christmas Day.
Christmas Day, 25th December
- 10.30am Christmas Morning – 1 hour. All age celebration, celebrating the birth of Jesus. Onsite (online tbc).
Sunday 26th December – Boxing Day
- NO gatherings!
Sunday 2nd January – Epiphany
- 10.30am Gathering – 1 hour. All age celebration. Marking 12 days after Christmas, celebrating the Wise Men’s visit to Jesus. Onsite (online tbc).
Gatherings return to 9am and 11am from Sunday 9th January; and to 7pm on 16th January
- Do I still have to wear a mask and keep socially distanced? We encourage everyone to continue to wear a mask and keep socially distanced while inside the building. We want to encourage everyone to ‘bear with one another’ (Eph. 4:2).
- Can we sing? YES! Although, we ask you please wear a mask while singing (except outdoors).
- Do I need to book to come to a Christmas gathering? No – you can just turn up to any of the gatherings, but if we reach capacity there is a first come, first served system in place.
- What will the seating be like? For most Christmas gatherings the chairs will be set out in rows, distanced at 1m between each row. This means you’ll be able to sit together with your whole household. There is also socially distanced seating at 2m on the balcony. Exceptions to this are the 6pm carols during ‘Crookes Carols’ on 12th December which are outdoors (there will be some straw bales to sit on) and the 3.30pm 0-8s Nativity on 19th December which will be indoors without chairs.
- Can children attend? Most Christmas gatherings are suitable for families and children, particularly those labelled ‘all age’ above. (However, we may ask parents to make sure that children remain with them as much as possible during the gatherings.)
- Are we allowed to socialise around the gatherings? There will be opportunity to connect with other people outside before and after the gatherings. At the events where there is hospitality, this will be served inside (except on 12th December, which will be served outside). We may ask parents to make sure that children remain with them as much as possible when indoors.
- Will there be refreshments? While the 3.30pm 0-8s Nativity & 3.30pm Christingle will not have refreshments, all other events and gatherings will have refreshments provided.
- What happens if we arrive late? We will have a first come, first served system in place. Please try your best to arrive a little early!
- Are there any other Covid measures still in place? We will continue to provide hand sanitiser on arrival and ventilate the building well (please wrap up warm while the weather gets colder as it may get a little draughty!)
- Are all the gatherings and events going to be online (live-streamed)? Not all of the gatherings will be live-streamed. Please see above for which ones you can watch online.
- If I am not fully vaccinated, how does it work with test & trace? There will be a QR code available to scan that we encourage those who aren’t fully vaccinated to continue to use so that they can be notified through the app if there is a need to self-isolate.
- Can we use the toilets? Yes, the toilets are open for use as usual.