All notices relating to Christmas events will appear on this page until Epiphany. Sometimes the notices might be duplicated on other pages too.
The Children’s Ministry co-ordinators and Fr Mark have been in communication about Christmas at St Bartholomew’s. There is little chance of us celebrating Christmas in the way we have in the past. If we are honest, we have no idea to what extent we can celebrate it this year. We have come up with one plan that, Covid permitting, will be workable and safe. We are still in the planning stage at the moment.
The plan is to set up stations in church, each one reflecting a different element of the Nativity and how it relates to us, especially in these difficult times. Each station will be distant from the other so we can maintain social distance between visiting households and there will be a one-way route around the church. At each station there will be a bible reading, a prayer, the opportunity for reflection and a visual or interactive experience. This is a Christmas like no other and we’re all in this together.
Lynn and Mario are going to put together a music station and already have some ideas. We can’t sing together but we hope we will be able to listen to Mario without breaking any rules.
Some of the community are making 'items' to display and others are contributing their thoughts about 'what they like about Wednesbury' - these will form part of the story at some of the stations in this community event.
The children at St John's C of E Primary Academy are making artwork for a station about 'Hope'.
We will update you once we have a better idea of when we will be able to open the church for you to visit the Nativity Trail.
We're pleased to tell you that St Bartholomew's Church has registered their interest to participate in this great idea.
'Churches Together' are hoping to get as many churches as possible to join the initiative so that we can get communities to sing carols on their doorsteps. This is what they say:
"This Christmas is different. As Churches Together, we are encouraging people to sing Doorstep Carols with their neighbours on Monday 21st Dec at 8:00 pm. On this darkest and shortest of nights, remember, Light wins! Others are doing the same. If you can use Doorstep Carols in your area, jump on board! We can add participating churches to the interactive map. A Christmas event that's simple, free, Covid-safe, weather-proof, and has no pack-down. What's not to like?"
I will post more information over the next week or so. Please share with your immediate neighbours and let's get as many communities as possible, to sing a few carols at the same time. It doesn't matter which church people support, or even if your neighbours have little or no faith, this is open to everybody.