15th - Getting ready for Christmas

For some people, the church can be a bit like a Tardis: it’s much bigger on the inside than it appears to be from the outside. We know our particular church building, squeezed between York Road and Mount Hermon Road in Woking, is a bit like that. It’s almost invisible from the road but, for those who step inside, there is a whole community which comes together, worships together, supports each other and serves our wider community.

In this series for Advent we want to open some windows so everyone can see a bit more of who we are and what goes on in a church like ours.


Christmas may be a hectic rush of lists, shopping and parties but for many people it is also a time of stress and worry about money. How to afford it all? How to give the children the gifts they hope for?

How do we reclaim Christmas so that it becomes the time of peace and joy we all long for?

One way is to step aside from the rush and to put yourself in a place where a different perspective is on offer. Tomorrow at 6:30pm, St Mary of Bethany Church will hold its annual Carol Service. Why not join us and reconnect – or connect for the first time – with the message of hope that the Christmas story holds for us all.

And if you can’t be there, here’s the full list of our Christmas services:

  • Sunday 16th December Main Carol Service 6.30pm - followed by mulled wine and mince pies.
  • Monday 17th December Woking Football Club open air Carol Service, in Jubilee Square.
  • Sunday 24th December Crib Service 3.30pm - if you have a Nativity costume, you are welcome to wear it to the service. We already have a Mary and Joseph this year.
  • Sunday 24th December 11pm Christmas Eve Midnight Communion - the traditional way into Christmas Day.
  • 25 December Christmas Day Communion 8am - traditional Book of Common Prayer, with hymns.
  • 25 December 10.00am Christmas Day Celebration - Followed by informal Holy Communion.

Click here for a full list of what’s on at St Mary of Bethany Church.