Welcome Café reopening

We are pleased to announce we will be opening the St George’s Welcome Café sooner following Christmas than previously advertised. The Café will open on Wednesday 3rd January from 10.00 – 12.00 and Friday 5th January from 1.30 – 3.30pm. As the name suggests, all are assured of a warm welcome! From the 8th January, the Café hours will return to the usual Mondays and Wednesdays, 9.30am – 12.30pm and Fridays, 2.00pm – 4.30pm when the flags are flying.

Peace on Earth on Christmas Eve

St John’s Church will be lit up with a prayer of hope for all on Christmas Eve between 4pm and 11pm.

Christmas services in South Newbury

The following services will take place at the South Newbury churches this Christmas. All are welcome as we celebrate the birth of Christ with great joy.

Christmas Eve, 4pm – Crib service at St George’s

Christmas Eve, 4pm – Crib service at St John’s

Christmas Eve, 11.15pm – Midnight Mass at St George’s

Christmas Eve, 11.30pm – Midnight Mass at St John’s. preceded by carols at 11pm

Christmas Day, 8.00am – BCP Holy Communion at St George’s

Christmas Day, 9.30am – All age Parish Communion at St George’s

Christmas Day, 10.00am – All age Parish Communion at St John’s

Christmas Day, 11.00am – Family Communion at St Michael’s, Enborne

Our livestream Midnight Mass and Christmas Day services will be available on our YouTube channel. Click here to access.

Crib services on Christmas Eve

Both St George’s and St John’s Churches will hold traditional Crib Services at 4pm on Christmas Eve, suitable for the whole family. Join with children and young people as the story of the nativity is retold.

There is the opportunity to bring gifts to be donated to Home Start, West Berkshire to support struggling families.

Christmas carol sing-a-long at The Bowlers Arms

Wednesday, 20th December at 7pm – favourite carols for all the family to join in with. A popular community event, led by singers from St George’s Church. Wear a red or Christmas jumper. Money raised will go to West Berks Foodbank.

Forest Church for the winter solstice

An outdoor service at 7.30pm to mark the longest night, at the tranquil setting of St Michael’s Church, Enborne. Wrap up warm and bring a torch and a chair. All welcome.

South Newbury Benefice Carol Service

Sunday 17th December at 4.30pm at St John’s Church. Join the combined choirs of St George’s and St John’s for a traditional carol service. All welcome.

St John’s Christmas Tree Festival

St John’s Church are holding their annual Christmas Tree Festival every day between 13th and 24th December, from 10.00am to 4.00pm.

FREE entrance but donations are welcome to support the work of Newbury Soup Kitchen, and there will be a Raffle.

Approximately 30 trees with lights, decorated by uniformed groups, schools, local shops and organisations will light the interior of the church – a magical sight. All are welcome.

Wash Common’s Christmas Concert

Sunday, 10th December at 7pm in St George’s Church.

An annual feast of Christmas musical delights. There will of course be lots of singing by the audience – rousing carols to cheer us all and send us home in good spirits!

Tickets are £5 (under 12s free) and the concert is in aid of West Berkshire Homeless.

To book, please contact the church office on 01635 41249 or email office@st-george-newbury.org. You can also pay on the door. Cash only please.

Christingle at St George’s

The Christmas season started in great style at St George’s Church on Sunday 3rd December with the annual Christingle Service, where many families gathered to light Christingle oranges. A collection was taken, raising £243.20 for the work of The Children’s Society.