St Swithun's Church
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The services listed below are those that would be held in a typical year, however for specific details including dates and times please see the Diary section nearer the time.

Carol singing round the Christmas treeDuring the Christmas period the church is specially decorated with a crib and a Christmas tree (generously donated by St John's College, Oxford) and seasonal flowers arranged by Gwyneth Thomas and the flower arranging team.

Early in the month a Christingle service is held in association with the school. The service centers around a decorated orange - the Christingle, which is symbolic of Christ's love for mankind. The Christingle has several parts: the orange to represent the world ; a red ribbon wrapped around the orange to represent Christ's blood; four cocktail sticks with sweets on it to represent the earth and its four seasons and a white candle in the centre to represent Christ, the light of the world. All children at the service are given a Christingle and the church is mostly lit by the candles from the christingles.

In December 2010 a nativity scene was made beneath the central altar, which looks very effective. Thanks to Mary Dennett for making the scene.

A traditional 9 lessons and carols style service primarily lit by candlelight is held during December with refreshments directly afterwards in the church hall.

A crib service, especially aimed at children, is held on Christmas Eve, often Christmas crib sceneinvolving a Nativity play based on the story of Jesus' birth.

Later on Christmas Eve, the popular and traditional service of Midnight Mass is celebrated where typically the church is mostly lit by candlelight.

On Christmas Morning itself a sung family communion is held to celebrate the birth of Christ.



The Church is also used for the traditional Mulled Wine and Mince Pies after the Village's Lighting the Tree and Carol singing in early December.





piano cover: Our God Reigns

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