Christmas at St Lawrence Church 2021

There is lots planned at St Lawrence Church to celebrate Christmas 2021 back in person. We are, however, being very cautious and asking that adults wear facemasks to our services and that spaces need to be pre-booked for our most popular events and services.

For all the booking links and more information about each service/activity see below:

TOWER LIGHTS SWITCH ON

Join us at 5:30pm on Friday 3rd December for carols in the church as we switch on the Tower Christmas Lights. You are then invited to join us at Hatfield Library for festive refreshments afterwards. (No booking necessary)

FREE CHILDREN’S CHRISTMAS CRAFTS AND RECYCLED NATIVITY BUILD-A-LONG

On Saturday 4th December you can pop in to have some FREE crafting fun with Rachel and the Children’s Team. Not only will we be emptying the cupboards and using up any Christmas craft materials we have, but we’ll also be building a “RECYCLED NATIVITY” from things that would have been thrown away. Bring your own recycling or just come and witness the fun. No booking necessary. Donations welcome and a tombola will take place on this day too.

MESSY CHURCH CELEBRATES CHRISTMAS

Our family friendly, all ages Messy Church service will be celebrating Christmas on Sunday 5th December at 10am in church. Messy Church involves crafts, stories and songs suitable for everyone to engage in, and this month will be gingerbread themed!

No booking necessary, but if you don’t normally come do let us know to expect you by emailing rachel.ridler@centenaryproject.org.uk

SOUTH YORKSHIRE POLICE BAND CONCERT

CHRISTINGLE SERVICES

If you love Christingle as much as we do, then make sure you get booked on for one of our two services this year. Places are free but numbers will be limited for safety, so book early to save your space:

SERVICE 1 – Sunday 12th December at 4pm

SERVICE 2 – Saturday 18th December at 6:30pm

TRADITIONAL CAROL SERVICES

Our traditional Carol Services featuring 9 lessons and carols will take place twice to accommodate more people safely. Adults are asked to wear facemasks and numbers are limited at each service for safety, so please book your free space now:

Service 1 – Sunday 19th December at 6:30pm

Service 2 – Wednesday 22nd December at 7pm

CHILDREN’S CHRISTMAS EVE SERVICES

Our very popular Christmas Eve Service for children and families is returning this year. Narrators (from our Hatfield Heroes Youth Group) will retell the Christmas story for all to take part in. Come dressed up as your favourite Nativity Character ready to join in, and bring a torch for a torch lit carol! Adults are asked to wear facemasks and numbers are limited for safety. Book your free spaces here:

Service 1 – 3:30pm (ideal for those with babies and toddlers)

Service 2 – 5pm

OTHER SERVICES AND ACTIVITIES

Midnight Communion – 23:15 on Friday 24th December

Christmas Day Communion – 10:00 Saturday 25th December

Noisy Children’s Choir Christmas Workshop

Monday 20th December

10-2pm in church

£5 per child (plus option to purchase hoody)

Register online here

Easter trail locations

For those who have been struggling to access our Easter Trail using the what3words app, here are the locations of our Easter eggs around Hatfield. Please follow them in order:

1. Church door

2. 60 Station Road (by the plant trolley -telegraph pole)

3. 72 Station Road (corner of pudding and dip lane -driveway gate)

4. 115 Ash Hill Crescent (lamppost)

5. 81 Ash Hill Crescent (driveway gate)

6. 2 Brokenhurst Road (side driveway gate on ash Hill Crescent)

7. 26 Manor Road (driveway gate)

8. Coffee at No 4’s (window)

9. 2 Vicarage Close (driveway gate)

10. The Barn

Children’s and Families Work During Lockdown 3.0

As we face another lockdown, we are pleased to be able to announce that we will be launching some new virtual activities for children and families to provide support in our local area.

Messy Church will continue via our Facebook Group and with postal packs. If you would like to sign up to this please send your postal address to rachel.ridler@centenaryproject.org.uk

LEGO CONNECT

Join Rachel and her two boys for an interactive after-school club for primary aged children. We will have a lego themed game, a bible story and a lego building challenge every week.

Tuesdays on Zoom at 4-4:45pm

Sign up here

TOY LIBRARY

Struggling to keep the kids engaged? Then why not borrow something from our toy library. Ideal for toddlers and young children. You can borrow a toy for 2 weeks, and at the moment they will be delivered to your door whilst we are in lockdown. Deliveries will be made on the following dates and you will need to reserve by 7pm the day before using the eventbrite links below:

Thursday 21st Jan

Thursday 4th Feb

Thursday 18th Feb

VIRTUAL LITTLE LIONS

Thursdays is going to be our Little Lions Day with activities aimed at babies, toddlers and their families. We had hoped to launch these in person in January, but we’ll make a start online and transition to in person when we feel the timing is right.

1-1:45pm Bumps and Babes – bring your cuppa for a chat with other mums, finishing with some fun songs together (you can be on mute!)

2-2:45pm Toddlers and Over 1’s – join us for a short time with a story, songs and play idea each week.

Sign up here to be sent the Zoom Codes

Please read our Zoom Safeguarding Policy and Code of Conduct here before taking part in these meetings.

Christmas at St Lawrence Church 2020

Christmas will look very different at St Lawrence Church this year, but we are hoping to keep some of our favourite traditions and services alive using virtual methods instead. Here is a list of what is going on during December to help us celebrate advent and the birth of our Saviour Jesus.

29th November – Memorial Service 16:00 (ONLINE – Facebook/You Tube)

29th November – Tower Lights switch on 18:00 (ONLINE – Facebook)

6th December – Messy Church Bake-a-long LIVE 10:00 (ONLINE – Facebook Group. Pick up baking packs from church on Saturday 5th December 11-1pm)

6th December – Advent Songs of Praise 18:30 (ONLINE – Facebook)

12th December – Children’s Society Coffee Morning and Games 10:00 (ZOOM – Meeting ID: 895 0435 0535, Passcode: 235090). Donate here

13th December – Family Christingle on Zoom 16:00 (book in advance to receive a make at home kit and Zoom codes)

20th December – Traditional Carol Service 18:30 (ONLINE – Facebook)

24th December – Children’s Pre-recorded Christmas Eve Service (ONLINE – Facebook/YouTube)

OTHER SERVICES TBC