Friday 29 November

6.30 pm – 10.30 pmFriends of Temple Newsam Park Cèilidh

Ceilidh band Hands Across with dancing, supper and licensed bar.

Tickets are £12 for non-members, £10 for members and children under 14 are £6. Available from Halton Post Office, Temple Newsam Café or by email at [email protected]. Tickets include a hot meal.

Bring your friends and enjoy an evening of food drink, music and dance. Members can purchase up to a maximum of 4 tickets.

Saturday 30 November

10.00 am – 12.00 pmChristmas Crafts and Coffee Morning

A morning of Christmassy crafts and coffee, with all proceeds going to the Children's Air Ambulance.

5.00 pm – 7.00 pmThe Meeting Place: The Eve of Advent

Come and share in the start of Advent in a special service at St Mary's by taking some time to reflect on the four weeks of the season.

Sunday 1 December

10.00 am – 11.00 amSung Eucharist for Advent Sunday

Today is the first day of Advent, and we will mark this by lighting the first candle on our Advent Wreath.

Advent is a time of reflection, contemplation, and preparation before the joyful season of Christmas. 

Any baptised Christian of any age is welcome to join us for Communion; alternatively, anybody can come to the altar for a blessing.

Wednesday 4 December

7.15 pm – 9.00 pmRobin Hood and The Babes in the Wood

Whitkirk Arts Guild bring a firm family favourite to their annual pantomime this year - a wicked Sheriff, two innocent Babes, a bumbling dame, a beautiful Maid Marian, a host of Merry Men and the dashing Robin Hood himself!

Book your tickets now by calling 0113 212 0066, or online at

Saturday 7 December

10.30 am – 3.30 pmChristmas Fair

Lots of fabulous Christmas stalls - all of them run by members of St Mary's Church congregation.

Greeting Cards Stall, Grand Raffle, Cake Stall, Children's Tombola, Christmas Delights, Whisky Trail, Games & Jigsaws, Mulled Wine, Toiletries, Tuck Stall, Whitkirk Arts Guild, Thorpe Park Raffle, Mothers' Union Stall, St Mary's Church Choir and Organ CDs, Christian Bookstall.    

Santa's Grotto - A special visit from Father Christmas.

Cafe serving delicious light refreshments. 

All welcome.

Friday 13 December

6.00 pm – 11.30 pmThank God It's Friday

Thank God It's Friday is a space away from the working week, a chance to unwind and meet with other people. There is no structure; we have the Main Hall, the Bar, some takeaway menus, and space for you to simply be. 

The Centre will open at 6.00 pm and will close when the last people leave, or at 11.30 pm when the license runs out. You can come whenever you like and stay as long as you want during this time.

Please feel free to bring games to pass the time, but please be mindful of the inclusive nature of the event.

All are welcome.

Sunday 22 December

6.00 pm – 7.00 pmFestival of Lessons and Carols

A traditional carol service.

The annual celebration of the Christmas story in words and music.

The lessons (bible readings) are read by members of the local community.

The Choir of St Mary's Whitkirk will sing new and traditional carols including arrangements by Ralph Vaughan Williams, John Gardner, Philip Ledger and John Rutter and the service will also include an equal number of well-known carols for everyone to sing. 

There are refreshments in the Community Centre after the service including tea, coffee, mulled wine and mince pies.

All are welcome at this very popular Christmas carol service.

Tuesday 24 December

5.00 pm – 6.00 pmCrib Service

Come and join us as we celebrate the Baby Jesus in the manger on Christmas Eve.

All are welcome to our annual crib service with loads of familiar carols - an excellent way for children and families to get together and celebrate Christmas.

You are also warmly invited to dress as your favourite characters in the Christmas story - why not come as an angel, Mary, Joseph, a sheep, or even an innkeeper?

11.30 pm – 12.30 amMidnight 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.

Wednesday 1 January

9.30 am – 10.00 amNew Year's Day Eucharist

A simple said Eucharist service to welcome the New Year, holding before God all that has been over the past 12 months, and all that will be in the year ahead.