Christmas 2017

Celebrate Christmas at the heart of Islington


Carols and worship

You can't guarantee snow for Christmas. But singing carols is sure to help you celebrate the gift of God's own son.

We love Christmas. And we never want to forget what it all means - that God comes close and meets us where we are.  Whether you're a regular at St Mary's or if you haven't been near a church for a very long time, come and join the celebration.

12 December 1.05-1.45pm Lunchtime Carols The perfect way to celebrate Christmas in the middle of the working week. The whole service lasts 40 minutes and there'll be mince pies and a small glass of mulled wine, you're afternoon in the office will fly by and it's all free!

17 December 6-7:15pm Candlelit Carols service St Mary's biggest service of the year. With hundreds of candles, the best-loved carols and our fabulous classical choir, it's the perfect way to hear the Christmas story through scripture readings and song.

Christmas Eve 11pm Midnight Holy Communion When the streets fall silent, the buses stop running and London is all still, join us to worship in the first communion of Christmas. Celebrate a saviour born to bring hope and peace.



Especially for the whole family

St Mary's is a child-friendly church and these services are especially suitable for a family celebration of Christmas.

10 December 4-5pm Big Family Carols with Christingle We'll be singing the best-loved carols and filling the church with little flames when we put together our famous do-it-yourself Christingle kits during the service.

Christmas Eve 4-5pm Crib Service Bring your small shepherds, angels and wise men and women to this hilarious re-telling of the Christmas story. Come in costumes and fill St Mary's with laughter, song and the joy of Christmas.

Christmas Day 10:30-11:30 Service of Christmas Holy Communion for the whole family. Join together to celebrate what Christmas is really all about. You'll be home before noon - plenty of time to peel the vegetables or hunt down Islington's last jar of cranberry sauce.

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Beautiful cards and gifts

Share the Christmas love by sending cards that support great charities and buy beautiful handmade gifts to show you care.  

Saturday 9 December 11am - 4pm Christmas Fair A warm welcome awaits. We have a range of stunning hand-crafted gifts, creative jewellery and lots to enjoy. Feed body and soul in our sanctuary cafe with home made cakes, buy home made jams and preserves and enjoy the church choir practising for the carol service. Our Cards for Good Causes are on sale too. Admission is completely free.

Our Cards for Good Causes pop-up shop is open 1 November - 15 December, Monday to Saturday (excluding Sundays), 10am to 5pm. 


Your Christmas Journey reflections

Your Christmas Journey is a series of short reflections throughout December and into early January 2018, introduced by Archbishop Justin Welby. The reflections have been written by soul[food] for people who are new to faith and to help us all grow in our love of God.

You can receive the messages as texts, emails, and on social media.

Sign up and get your friends and family to join Your Christmas Journey by texting GodWithUs to 88802*.

Look out for more opportunities by using the hashtag #GodWithUs on social media.