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A Different Christmas

This letter is an update (20 Dec) on the details in the Parish Magazine, together with the full list of services.


The Parish Carol Service usually gathers far more than can safely come together in St. George’s under Covid restrictions. This year, therefore, the service will be recorded in advance and then streamed on-line at 7:30pm on Monday 21st December. The centre pages of the magazine contain the carol service sheet. If you wish to print off more copies it will be available to download on the church website. Please consider a neighbour who may be alone that evening and, if we are allowed, and you and they feel safe – then why not invite them to join you…..socially distanced to sing the carols from your home.

The Crib Service has been cancelled.

The Midnight service will go ahead in St. George’s as normal – but socially distanced, hand sanitising, and wearing face coverings. Christmas morning though will be different. There will be one Communion service, starting at 8am; this will be followed by two short family Morning Worship services: the first one starting at 9:30am, and the second one at 10:45am. Please “sign up” (by emailing Cathy: for the service you wish to attend as numbers will be restricted to 100 for each of the services; AND collect your tickets (for each adult and child) from Revd David after the 10 o’clock services on Sunday 6th and 20th December – or by coming to The Rectory. If “no ticket” - entry will not be possible to these two services. Sorry.

It is a shame that we have the necessity for these changes but – providing the rules on gatherings do not change after lockdown – we can still worship together, praise God, and give thanks for the birth of His Son on earth. Doing it differently may just make us appreciate this great gift even more. God bless you and your families this Christmas time.

Revd David Commander


Benefice of Benenden and Sandhurst

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