Join Us In Celebrating Christmas
We love Christmas! It is such a special time of year and we want to share it with everyone in the local community. On the 4 Sunday's leading up to Christmas we will be unpacking the Christmas story at our All-Age Celebrations. And then on Christmas Eve will take some time out from the busyness of last minute preparations to reflect on why we celebrate Christmas at our annual Candles By Candlelight service. Finally we will come together to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ on Christmas Day.
You Are Invited To Our Christmas Events
Advent Sunday's Starting at 10:30am - These are our regular Sunday celebrations but with a Christmas flavour. Why come along to find out more.
Friday 20th December at 6:30pm - Not sure about how to take part in our Community Advent Trail or don't have access to a smart device? Why not do it with other people and sharing the Christmas spirit together. Tea, coffee and mince pies will be on tap along with a selection of Christmas Carols to cheer us on the way. Make sure you wrap up warm!
Christmas Eve (Tuesday 24th December) at 6:30pm - Our annual carols by candlelight light service with communion. This is a more reflective time, taking time out of the busyness to think more about what Christmas means.
Christmas Day (Wednesday 25th December) at 10:30am - Put the masses of wrapping paper aside and join us in celebrating Jesus' birth. This is a shorter time together where we can share the joy of Christmas with each other.
12 Revelations Of Christmas
But this year we are adding a slight twist to the celebrations with the 12 Revelations Of Christmas. We are partnering with Missional Generation who have developed a fantastic FREE app which brings the Christmas story to life in an augmented reality experience when used with the special postcards that we've placed in the windows of local businesses. This is a great way to support our local area at Christmas and to hear the Christmas story in an up-to-date way. The app is available on Android and Apple devices although unfortunately it may not be compatible with some devices.
You can get the app from your preferred store:
Once downloaded and installed onto your device, open the 12 Revelations Of Christmas app and allow it to use your camera. Make sure you agree to this otherwise you won't be able to play!
Be patient if the app takes a while to load up - it's worth the wait though.
To play, place your phone over the special postcards card placed around the local area. There are twelve to find in total and the locations are listed below.
If the camera has scanned the card successfully a present will appear on the screen. Tap this three times to open the activity and enjoy finding out more about the Christmas story.
Once the activity has finished it will invite you to explore the Christmas story further. If you are interested in this, why not join us for our Christmas events throughout December, including our Community Advent Trail on Friday 20th December at 6:30pm.
To take part in the 12 Revelations Of Christmas activity look for the postcards in the following locations:
- Scarisbrick New Road Baptist Church - Scarisbrick New Road/Southbank Road
- Jam Cafe - Bridge Grove
- Molloys - St. James Street
- Shakespeare Cafe - Shakespeare Street
- Southport Garden Machinery - Shakespeare Street (please note that this postcard is only visible during opening hours)
- Big Mama's House - Shakespeare Street
- Community Care Direct - Shakespeare Street
- Mendo Design - Shakespeare Street
- Freshfields - Shakespeare Street/Portland Street
- Portland Electrical - Portland Street
- The Hub - Southbank Road
- Master Lock And Safe - Southbank Road
Have fun and why not get in touch with us to let us know what you thought of the advent trail. Also, don't forget to support all of the fantastic businesses we have in our local area.