Advent and Christmas

Advent & Christmas at St Stephen’s

Please note that it is now a legal requirement to wear a face mask when attending a church service. See our coronavirus updates page for more information.

In addition to our regular services, during Advent and Christmas we will be holding some special seasonal services to which everyone is welcome either in person or online; services from St Stephen’s will be live-streamed and available to watch on our website and YouTube channel afterwards.

Everyday during Advent, we will be opening a door on our online Advent Calendar, with a scripture reading and a recording of a piece of Advent music sung by our choir or played by our Organist. Do visit as often as you can as we count down to the Birth of Christ.

You may also be interested in the Canterbury Deanery Eco-Tip Advent Calendar which offers a wide range of ideas on how to be more eco-friendly this Advent and Christmas.

Sunday 28th November 2021

  • 4.00pm Advent Carol Service
  • A service of readings, Advent hymns, and anthems sung by our choir as we wait with anticipation, looking for the light of the coming of our Lord.

Sunday 17th December 2021

  • 4.00pm Christmas Carol Service
  • A traditional service of readings telling the Christmas story with Christmas carols sung by our choir and for all to join in with.

Wednesday 22nd December 2021

  • 8.00pm Carol Singing at Ye Olde Beverlie
  • An evening of carols with the community at our local pub, Ye Olde Beverlie. Booking a table is advised – click here to go to their website for contact details.

Friday 24th December 2021

  • Crib Service (online only)
  • Unfortunately we have made the decision to cancel our in-person Crib Service this year due to the rising rates of covid in the local area. However, you can join us online at a time that suits you.
  • 6.15pm Community Carol Singing (Canterbury City Centre)
  • Sadly this event has also been cancelled again this year.
  • 11.30pm Midnight Mass
  • A traditional service of Communion marking the first moments of Christmas Day as we celebrate the Birth of Jesus Christ.

Saturday 25th December 2021

  • 10.30am Festal Sung Eucharist
  • A Christmas Day celebration of the Eucharist, with carols.

Sunday 26th December

  • 10.30am Festal Sung Eucharist
  • As we move through the Christmas season, we celebrate our Patronal Festival, St Stephen, the first Christian martyr.