It’s nearly Christmas!

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…  as if you need reminding!

Christmas really begins for us in the Benefice with our Crib and Christingle services. It is always a joy to see the churches full with excited children eagerly waiting for the arrival of the big day itself.

This year we have re-written the service but it still includes making our Crib scene with the knitted nativity sets that have been visiting homes throughout December – thank you to all those who have posted pictures of Mary, Joseph and the Donkey on the Benefice Facebook page! The service will end with children lighting their Christingles and singing Away in a Manger in the darkened church.

So, if you free on Christmas Eve please do come to one of the services:

3.00 pm at Ascott-u-Wychwood
4.30 pm at Chadlington
6.00 pm at Enstone

It would be lovely if children could dress as a character from the story – another chance for children to wear their costumes from their school nativity plays!

If you are coming to the services please bring your own Christingles – details of how to make below. There is a supply of candles can be found at the back of Church. And don’t forget there will be a collection for the work of the Children’s Society – our chance to help children who are not as fortunate as our own.

On Christmas Day we have Family Communion Services at 10.00 am in Chadlington and Enstone. There will also be services in Ascott and Spelsbury. Children are invited to bring a toy to show the congregation – last year we even had a Neff gun!! It will be really good to see you at any of these services.

We pray that you will have a very happy and blessed Christmas.



Making your Christingle

Make this at home and bring to Church, where it will be lit during the course of the service.
If you are coming to the Ascott service you can make them in Church before the service [from 2.30 pm onwards]

  • Take an orange and make a hole in the top, slightly smaller than the candle diameter.
  • Fasten a ribbon or red stick tape around the orange.
  • Place a 10 cm square of cooking foil around the base of the candle and push the candle into the hole in the orange.
  • Load four cocktail sticks with nuts, raisins, sultanas, sweets etc and insert into the orange.

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