For many of us, Christmas brings up so many emotions, memories and expectations. We have one nativity story, but it can seem like we all have very different Christmases.
What's On, Where and When?
There's lots happening across the four churches of the Grays Thurrock Team Ministry. It's our privilege to host many of the local schools and colleges, and other organisations, for their Christmas services and celebrations, as well as opening our doors to everyone to come and join in with our own services, lead by different groups within the churches.
1st December 2018
11am - 2pm - St Clement's - Christmas Fayre
2nd December 2018
9:30am - St Mary's - Messy Christingle
Make your own Christingle, with gifts going to the Children's Society
10:30am - St Peter & St Paul's - Advent Sunday Holy Communion
7th December 2018
7:00pm - St Peter & St Paul's - Thurrock Spectrum Brass Christmas Concert
We welcome our friends from Thurrock Spectrum Brass for their Christmas concert.
10th December 2018
7:00pm - All Saints' - Women's Institute Carol Service
15th December 2018
4pm - 8pm - Christmas Fayre and Carols on the Green - All Saints'
A community event with a prayer tent, craft, stalls and an ice rink! All accompanied by mulled wine and a chance to join in with your favourite carols from 7pm.
4:30pm - St Peter & St Paul's - St Luke's 'Light Up A Life' Service
St Luke's Hospice offers this service as a time to remember those who will not be with us this Christmas time.
16th December 2018
9:30am - St Mary's - Carol Service
4:00pm - St Peter & St Paul's - Joint Carol Service
The choirs of St Peter & St Paul's and St Thomas of Canterbury are pleased to be joined by members of Grays Town Band, to lead us through the story of Advent, Christmas and Epiphany. Come along and join in with your favourite traditional carols, hear the story of the Nativity told through bible verses, and listen to music by John Rutter, Harold Darke and others with a new arrangement of 'Away In A Manger' written especially for this year's service.
19th December 2018
12:30pm - St Peter & St Paul's - Lunchtime Carol Service
A midday service for those who wish to escape the hustle and bustle of the work day, or who may not be able to get to other services throughout the season.
23rd December 2018
11.00am - All Saints' - Carol Service
24th December 2018
3:00pm - All Saints' - Crib Service
4:00pm - St Mary's - Crib Service
4:00pm - St Peter & St Paul's - Crib Service
The Crib Service is a chance for children of all ages to dress up, be part of the story and experience the wonder of the Nativity.
7:30pm - St Mary's - Christmas Eve 'Midnight' Communion
11:00pm - St Peter & St Paul's - Midnight Holy Communion
11:30pm - All Saints' - Midnight Holy Communion
This service runs over midnight into Christmas morning, allowing us to welcome in the day of Jesus' birth and, in joyful celebration, finally sing the classic line "Yea Lord we greet thee, born this happy morning".
25th December 2018
10:00am - St Mary's - Christmas Day Holy Communion
10:00am - St Peter & St Paul's - Christmas Day Service
11:00am - All Saints' - Christmas Day Service
Don't forget to bring your present, and also hear about the best gift of all!