This year our Christmas services will be a little bit different, but we’re still here to celebrate.

Our online services are confirmed to happen and can be watched on this page.

We are hopeful that we will be able to gather together again from early December when the current lockdown restrictions are expected to end.

If you are planning on coming to an in-person service, you will need to book a pew in advance.

We will not open bookings for the in-person services until we are advised we can return to public worship. If anything then changes so we cannot meet in person, we will endeavour to contact everyone who has booked in if we are reasonably able to do so; information will also be on this page.


Our Christmas services

Sunday 29 November

10.00 amSunday Morning Worship for Advent Sunday

The countdown to Christmas starts here!

Join us for our weekly online service of worship, with hymns, Bible readings, prayers and sermon from St Mary's, this week celebrating the start of Advent.

Advent is a season of watching, waiting and preparing for the arrival of Christ at Christmas. Traditionally it has been a time of fasting, like during Lent, and of prayer, meditation, and contemplation.

The service is broadcast live at 10.00 am every Sunday; the order of service can be found on the website so that you can join in from home. 

If you can't watch our services as they broadcast, they will all be available to watch later either from our website or from our YouTube channel.

Our services are also available to listen to by calling 0113 467 6777 (charged at usual local rate) - so if you know anyone who isn't online but would like to join in, please let them know.

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St Mary's Church, Whitkirk is a registered charity which relies on donations to meet our running costs.  During this time of crisis the work we do is more important than ever, but we need your support.

If you would like to support the Church it’s easy. You can either give a one-off donation or you can commit to giving regularly.  You can use your credit or debit card, set up a Direct Debit, or send the money directly to our bank account.

We promise that every penny will go to supporting the work of the Church here at Whitkirk and across the Diocese of Leeds.

whitkirkchurch.org.uk/donate/

Wednesday 2 December

7.00 pmMidweek Musing & Compline

Every Wednesday during Advent there will be a short midweek musing in which someone from St Mary's will share some thoughts on an Advent theme for you to ponder. 

Afterwards will follow the office of Compline, or night prayer, recorded in church.  Compline is a beautiful, calming way to end the day, reflecting on the events of the day just past, and looking forward to the night and next day ahead.

All are welcome.

Wednesday 9 December

7.00 pmMidweek Musing & Compline

Every Wednesday during Advent there will be a short midweek musing in which someone from St Mary's will share some thoughts on an Advent theme for you to ponder. 

Afterwards will follow the office of Compline, or night prayer, recorded in church.  Compline is a beautiful, calming way to end the day, reflecting on the events of the day just past, and looking forward to the night and next day ahead.

All are welcome.

Wednesday 16 December

7.00 pmMidweek Musing & Compline

Every Wednesday during Advent there will be a short midweek musing in which someone from St Mary's will share some thoughts on an Advent theme for you to ponder. 

Afterwards will follow the office of Compline, or night prayer, recorded in church.  Compline is a beautiful, calming way to end the day, reflecting on the events of the day just past, and looking forward to the night and next day ahead.

All are welcome.

Sunday 20 December

6.00 pmFestival of Lessons and Carols - Online

This year our annual celebration of the Christmas Story in words and music will be held online.

St Mary's Church Choir will sing arrangements of new and traditional carols along with a selection of well-known carols with the words on screen for everyone to join in with.

The lessons (Bible readings) are read by members of the local community, and tell the story of God's relationship with humankind from the beginnings of the world up to the birth of Jesus.

The Christmas Story is for everyone - it doesn't matter who you are, we would be delighted if you could join us online for this highlight of our church calendar.

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St Mary's Church, Whitkirk is a registered charity which relies on donations to meet our running costs.  During this time of crisis the work we do is more important than ever, but we need your support.

If you would like to support the Church it’s easy. You can either give a one-off donation or you can commit to giving regularly.  You can use your credit or debit card, set up a Direct Debit, or send the money directly to our bank account.

We promise that every penny will go to supporting the work of the Church here at Whitkirk and across the Diocese of Leeds.

whitkirkchurch.org.uk/donate/

Wednesday 23 December

7.00 pmMidweek Musing & Compline

Every Wednesday during Advent there will be a short midweek musing in which someone from St Mary's will share some thoughts on an Advent theme for you to ponder. 

Afterwards will follow the office of Compline, or night prayer, recorded in church.  Compline is a beautiful, calming way to end the day, reflecting on the events of the day just past, and looking forward to the night and next day ahead.

All are welcome.

Thursday 24 December

11.30 pmMidnight Mass?

Stay up late with us as we see Christmas Day arrive at midnight on Christmas Eve. The first service of Christmas is always a joyful occasion and one that all are welcome to share with us.

Christmas is for everyone and we'd be delighted if you could join us.

So that we can manage numbers and distancing measures, you will need to book a pew in advance.  Please see our website for full details of the measures we have in place to keep everyone safe as we celebrate one of the holiest and most joyful nights of our year.

To enable as many people as possible have the opportunity to celebrate Christmas in church, we ask that you only book in to one of the Christmas services. 

**Whilst we have every hope that we will be able to gather together to celebrate Christmas in person, we appreciate that rules and regulations are rapidly and regularly changing and we may not be able to go ahead as planned.  Please check our website prior to attending for the latest guidance about attending church in person.**

___________________________________________________

St Mary's Church, Whitkirk is a registered charity which relies on donations to meet our running costs.  During this time of crisis the work we do is more important than ever, but we need your support.

If you would like to support the Church it’s easy. You can either give a one-off donation or you can commit to giving regularly.  You can use your credit or debit card, set up a Direct Debit, or send the money directly to our bank account.

We promise that every penny will go to supporting the work of the Church here at Whitkirk and across the Diocese of Leeds.

whitkirkchurch.org.uk/donate/

Friday 25 December

9.00 amChristmas Day Said Eucharist?

"The angel said..."to you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, who is the Messiah, the Lord." (Luke 2:10-11, NRSV)

Today we celebrate the birth of Emmanuel, 'God with us', with prayer, scripture, and the bread and wine of the Eucharist (Communion).

Christmas is one of the most important festivals of the year, and absolutely anyone and everyone is welcome to celebrate with us.

Baptised Christians of any age and any tradition/church are welcome to share Communion with us.

So that we can manage numbers and distancing measures, you will need to book a pew in advance.  Please see our website for full details of the measures we have in place to keep everyone safe as we celebrate one of the holiest and most joyful days of our year.

To enable as many people as possible have the opportunity to celebrate Christmas in church, we have two identical Eucharists thisi morning, and we ask that you only book in to one of the Christmas services. 

**Whilst we have every hope that we will be able to gather together to celebrate Christmas in person, we appreciate that rules and regulations are rapidly and regularly changing and we may not be able to go ahead as planned.  Please check our website prior to attending for the latest guidance about attending church in person.**

___________________________________________________

St Mary's Church, Whitkirk is a registered charity which relies on donations to meet our running costs.  During this time of crisis the work we do is more important than ever, but we need your support.

If you would like to support the Church it’s easy. You can either give a one-off donation or you can commit to giving regularly.  You can use your credit or debit card, set up a Direct Debit, or send the money directly to our bank account.

We promise that every penny will go to supporting the work of the Church here at Whitkirk and across the Diocese of Leeds.

whitkirkchurch.org.uk/donate/

11.00 amChristmas Day Said Eucharist?

"The angel said..."to you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, who is the Messiah, the Lord." (Luke 2:10-11, NRSV)

Today we celebrate the birth of Emmanuel, 'God with us', with prayer, scripture, and the bread and wine of the Eucharist (Communion).

Christmas is one of the most important festivals of the year, and absolutely anyone and everyone is welcome to celebrate with us.
Baptised Christians of any age and any tradition/church are welcome to share Communion with us.

So that we can manage numbers and distancing measures, you will need to book a pew in advance.  Please see our website for full details of the measures we have in place to keep everyone safe as we celebrate one of the holiest and most joyful days of our year.

To enable as many people as possible have the opportunity to celebrate Christmas in church, we have two identical Eucharists thisi morning, and we ask that you only book in to one of the Christmas services. 

**Whilst we have every hope that we will be able to gather together to celebrate Christmas in person, we appreciate that rules and regulations are rapidly and regularly changing and we may not be able to go ahead as planned.  Please check our website prior to attending for the latest guidance about attending church in person.**

___________________________________________________

St Mary's Church, Whitkirk is a registered charity which relies on donations to meet our running costs.  During this time of crisis the work we do is more important than ever, but we need your support.

If you would like to support the Church it’s easy. You can either give a one-off donation or you can commit to giving regularly.  You can use your credit or debit card, set up a Direct Debit, or send the money directly to our bank account.

We promise that every penny will go to supporting the work of the Church here at Whitkirk and across the Diocese of Leeds.

whitkirkchurch.org.uk/donate/