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Christ’s nativity has provided the occasion for Christmas, the festival of the incarnation, since the end of the third century. The Christmas crib and the nativity play can both be said to descend from the tableau of Christ’s birth that Francis of Assisi arranged when he celebrated Christmas at Greccio in 1223. Christmas carols are a medieval tradition, which has been notably developed from the end of the nineteenth century. The Festival of Lessons and Carols is itself an influential English creation of the late nineteenth century, made widespread by the choir of King’s College, Cambridge, in the first half of the twentieth.

Carol Services

There are a number of Carol Services across the Team:
Sunday 10th December at Hambleton (6:00pm)
Sunday 17th December at Whissendine (6:00pm), Braunston (6:00pm) and Brooke (6:00pm). Langham have a village carol service at Langham Baptist Church at 3:30pm
Wednesday 14th December at Egleton (6:00pm)
Tuesday 19th December at Market Overton (6:30pm)
Thursday 21st December at Oakham (7:30pm) (Town Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols)
Sunday 24th December at Ashwell (4:00pm)
The Team Choir Laudamus will be singing at Whissendine, Market Overton and Oakham

At Langham, there will also be a Village Christmas Evening on Friday 15 December at 7:00pm with carols, solos, readings & mulled wine.

Crib Services

The Crib Service, when the nativity scene is blessed, traditionally takes place on Christmas Eve, and services take place at Oakham & Whissendine (4:00pm), Langham & Market Overton (6:00pm). At Braunston, Journey to Jesus, at 3:30pm, starts in church, and sees the Nativity re-enacted as we move through the village – Mary and Joseph knock on the actual Inn door, and the shepherds and kings journey to find the newborn Jesus. On Sunday 17th December, members of the Sunday School at Oakham present and act out the Nativity story at the 10:30am Family Service.

Midnight Mass

Midnight Mass is the first celebration of Holy Communion in the Christmas season. Gathering in the darkness continues the Jewish pattern of keeping festivals from sunset of the day before. It also reminds us of the tradition of Jesus’ birth happening during the night, as described in the carols Silent Night and It Came Upon a Midnight Clear.

The celebration of Christ’s incarnation at Christmas is one of the two poles of the Christian year. The wonderful mystery of God’s dwelling among us in the fullness of humanity, as Emmanuel, foretold by the prophets and born of Mary, provides the material of the feast as in the words of Thomas Pestel (1584-1659):
Hark, hark, the wise eternal word,  like a weak infant cries! In form of servant is the Lord, and God in cradle lies.

Celebrations occur at Oakham (11:30pm), Whissendine & Langham (11:15pm), and Hambleton (9:00pm).

Christmas Morning

The celebration of Holy Communion on Christmas morning is when the whole church family come to rejoice in the birth of their Saviour. This service of Christmas Communion has regard for the presence of children in our service and there will be provision for them. Ultimately Christmas is more than simply the celebration of Jesus’ birth, and some of the great Christmas readings (Hebrews 1 and John 1) are not from the infancy narratives. The task of the Christmas liturgy is to recall us, amid all the joyful customs and celebrations of Christmas, to this central truth of the Word made flesh for our salvation.
The Word became flesh and lived among us, and we have seen his glory. John 1.14

Celebrations are at Oakham and Brooke (8:00am), Teigh and Market Overton (9:00am), Egleton (9:15am), Oakham (10:00am), Ashwell (10:30am) and Braunston (11:00am).

The Christmas Season

The Christmas season is often celebrated for twelve days, ending with the Epiphany. However contemporary use has sought to express an alternative tradition, in which Christmas lasts for a full forty days, ending with the Feast of the Presentation on 2 February. Please follow the links below for more details.

At Epiphany we celebrate one element in the story of Christ’s birth, the visit of the far-travelled magi, understood as the manifestation of Christ to the Gentiles. In the weeks after the Epiphany the readings will consider the Baptism of Jesus and his first miracle of changing water into wine.

We complete the season with the Feast of the Presentation of Christ, known as Candlemas. Then the child who has been manifested to the magi at his birth is now recognized by Simeon and Anna when he comes to be presented in the Temple according to the Law of Israel.

Epiphany

Christmas Evening @ St Peter and St Paul Langham
Dec 15 @ 7:00 pm
7:00 pm
Carols for all, solo items, instruments, spoken interludes, and, of course, mulled wine and mince pies. Anyone who would like to contribute an item, spoken or musical, please let Margaret Foot know (01572 770234).
Sunday School Nativity @ All Saints Oakham
Dec 17 @ 10:30 am
Sunday School Nativity @ All Saints Oakham | Oakham | United Kingdom
10:30 am
The Sunday School presents the Nativity Story in words and music, with a reflection from the older group.
Christmas Tea Party @ All Saints Oakham Church Hall
Dec 17 @ 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm
3:00 pm
Come along and bring a friend. More information from Pam Wells (01572 755532). Please note that the Tea Parties will now take place in the Hall rather than in Church.
Carol Service @ Langham Baptist Church
Dec 17 @ 3:30 pm
3:30 pm
We join Langham Baptist Church for our village carol service.
Candlelight Carol Service @ St Peter Brooke
Dec 17 @ 6:00 pm
Candlelight Carol Service @ St Peter Brooke | Langham | United Kingdom
6:00 pm
Join us for a service of favourite carols and readings, and afterwards for mulled wine and mince pies.
Carol Service @ St Andrew Whissendine
Dec 17 @ 6:00 pm
Carol Service @ St Andrew Whissendine | Langham | United Kingdom
6:00 pm
With Team Choir Laudamus. No morning service today.
Carols by Candlelight @ All Saints Braunston
Dec 17 @ 6:00 pm
Carols by Candlelight @ All Saints Braunston | Langham | United Kingdom
6:00 pm
No morning service today
Carol Service @ St Peter and St Paul Market Overton
Dec 19 @ 6:30 pm
Carol Service @ St Peter and St Paul Market Overton | Langham | United Kingdom
6:30 pm
With joint choir Laudamus
Dec 21 @ 7:30 pm
Oakham Town Festival of Nine Lessons & Carols @ All Saints Oakham | Langham | United Kingdom
7:30 pm
Town and church join together for the traditional carol service, with joint choir Laudamus.
Journey to Jesus @ All Saints Braunston
Dec 24 @ 3:30 pm
Journey to Jesus @ All Saints Braunston | Oakham | United Kingdom
3:30 pm
The Plan Unfolds – Travel with the Wise Men and the Shepherds as they journey to Bethlehem to find Jesus. The journey begins at All Saints Church Braunston at 3:30pm. Seasonal refreshments in the Village…
Crib Service @ All Saints Oakham
Dec 24 @ 4:00 pm
Crib Service @ All Saints Oakham | Oakham | United Kingdom
4:00 pm
Join us as we welcome the baby Jesus to the crib. Come early for a good seat!
Crib Service @ St Andrew Whissendine
Dec 24 @ 4:00 pm
Crib Service @ St Andrew Whissendine | Oakham | United Kingdom
4:00 pm
Join us as we welcome the baby Jesus to the crib.
Crib Service @ St Peter and St Paul Langham
Dec 24 @ 6:00 pm
Crib Service @ St Peter and St Paul Langham | Oakham | United Kingdom
6:00 pm
Join us as we welcome the baby Jesus to the crib.
Crib Service @ St Peter and St Paul Market Overton
Dec 24 @ 6:00 pm
Crib Service @ St Peter and St Paul Market Overton | Oakham | United Kingdom
6:00 pm
Join us as we welcome the baby Jesus to the crib.
Christmas Communion (CW Trad) @ St Andrew Hambleton
Dec 24 @ 9:00 pm
Christmas Communion (CW Trad) @ St Andrew Hambleton | United Kingdom
9:00 pm
First Communion of Christmas (Common Worship Traditional) with Sermon.
Midnight Communion @ St Peter and St Paul Langham
Dec 24 @ 11:15 pm
Midnight Communion @ St Peter and St Paul Langham | Langham | United Kingdom
11:15 pm
Traditional Midnight Communion with carols.
Midnight Communion @ St Andrew Whissendine
Dec 24 @ 11:15 pm
Midnight Communion @ St Andrew Whissendine | Whissendine | United Kingdom
11:15 pm
Traditional Midnight Communion with carols.
Midnight Communion @ All Saints Oakham
Dec 24 @ 11:30 pm
Midnight Communion @ All Saints Oakham | Oakham | United Kingdom
11:30 pm
Traditional Midnight Mass, with carols.
Christmas Communion @ St Peter Brooke
Dec 25 @ 8:00 am
Christmas Communion @ St Peter Brooke | Ridlington | United Kingdom
8:00 am
Christmas Communion with sermon.
Dec 25 @ 8:00 am
Christmas Communion (CW Trad) @ All Saints Oakham | Oakham | United Kingdom
8:00 am
Common Worship Order One (Traditional) with sermon. With sermon.
Christmas Communion @ St Peter and St Paul Market Overton
Dec 25 @ 9:00 am
Christmas Communion @ St Peter and St Paul Market Overton | United Kingdom
9:00 am
Christmas Communion (Common Worship Contemporary).
Dec 25 @ 9:15 am
Christmas Communion (CW Trad) @ St Edmund Egleton | Egleton | United Kingdom
9:15 am
Christmas Communion (Common Worship Traditional) with carols and sermon.
Christmas Communion @ All Saints Oakham
Dec 25 @ 10:00 am
Christmas Communion @ All Saints Oakham | Oakham | United Kingdom
10:00 am
Sung Service of Holy Communion (Common Worship) with carols.
Christmas Communion @ St Mary Ashwell
Dec 25 @ 10:30 am
Christmas Communion @ St Mary Ashwell | Ashwell | United Kingdom
10:30 am
Christmas Communion (Common Worship Contemporary).
Christmas Communion @ All Saints Braunston
Dec 25 @ 11:00 am
Christmas Communion @ All Saints Braunston | Braunston | United Kingdom
11:00 am
Christmas Communion, with carols.