Christmas Services 


In our programme of Christmas Services and events we hope there is something to help us all celebrate this joyous time.  Our many and varied services give opportunities for all ages to reflect on the true meaning of Christmas again, and to worship God in the singing of our favourite carols. We particularly welcome children from our local schools for their carol services and delight in seeing their enthusiasm. A full list of services is at the back of the magazine, but look out for these special ones:


Sunday 2 December (Advent Sunday)

6.30pm: Deanery Confirmation Service The Advent season of preparing for Christmas this year begins with our hosting the deanery Confirmation Service.  The Bishop of Dorking, the Rt Revd Jo Bailey-Wells, will preach and preside as a number of people from the Parish of Shere, and our own Parish, make the commitment of full membership of the Church.


Sunday 9 December (Patronal Festival Sunday – St Nicolas of Myra)
10am: Parish Communion for St Nicolas
This is always a very happy time for the parish as we celebrate our Patrol Festival (actually 6 December). Our Toy Service is an opportunity to share our love with someone less fortunate than we are.  Again this year our toys will be given to the Eagle Radio Toy Appeal.  You are invited to bring along an un-wrapped present


4pm: Christingle Service – Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Christingle The Children’s Society have for many years now, supported thousands of children and young people across the country, helping to change their lives for the better.  At St. Nicolas we’ve long supported this work and we have our annual Christingle Service for children and adults of all ages.  At this service we will distribute the home-made Christingles which celebrate Christ as the Light of the World.  This service will be followed by mince pies and seasonal refreshments.


Saturday 15 December

7.30pm: Cranleigh Choral Society Concert will feature well known carols as well as a performance of ‘The Manchester Carols’ (a collaboration between composer Sasha Johnson Manning and Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy.  The Choral Society will be conducted by Catherine Beddison, Roy Woodhams will be playing the organ as well as narrating ‘The Manchester Carols’ and the Soprano soloist will be Martha Woodhams.


Sunday 16 December (Advent 3)

10am: Family Service with Nativity A tradition that at this Family Service the young people, with some help, retell the Nativity story in a fun, fresh way.


Tuesday 18 December

7.00pm: David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation Christmas Concert  This will feature Cranleigh prep School Chamber Choir, pianist Richard Saxel as well as performances from internationally renowned Mezzo Soprano and DSWF Ambassador Laura Wright.  Tickets can be bought in advance from here and will include entry to an exclusive exhibition of David Shepherd originals afterwards in the Cranleigh Arts Centre.

Sunday 23 December (Advent 4)

6.30pm Village Carol Service Our traditional ecumenical service of 9 lessons and carols by candlelight!


Monday 24 December – CHRISTMAS EVE

3.30pm and 5.30pm Crib Services
So much fun, we do it twice!  This is a magical service for children, parents and grandparents, reliving the Christmas story on the eve of Christ’s birth. There are many roles for the children to play so if you would like to take part in either service please email Elise or Gabrielle or call the Church Office - 273620.

11pm Midnight Communion Celebrate the beginning of Christmas Day with the First Communion of Christmas.


Tuesday 25 December – CHRISTMAS DAY
10am Family Carols
Celebrate Christmas with the whole family, including our traditional ‘take’ on the 12 days of Christmas!