Any church service recommendations for Xmas?

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Goldhawk
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Any church service recommendations for Xmas?

Postby Goldhawk » Sat Dec 06, 2014 8:36 pm

We have visitors coming who are regular churchgoers so I'm looking for recommendations for church services over Xmas

Usually they want to go up to town but I'd like to get at least one local option
CofE is their usual but they are okay with Catholic or Russian Orthodox
The more formal the better and definitely no female clergy!
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Re: Any church service recommendations for Xmas?

Postby kgarner » Sun Dec 07, 2014 3:17 pm

St Bede's Clapham Park (RC) is extremely traditional and has no women on the altar at all, even assisting.
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Re: Any church service recommendations for Xmas?

Postby Clare Lupton » Sun Dec 07, 2014 6:14 pm

St Luke's on Thurleigh Road has great services - normally standing room only on Christmas morning. Details from their web site are below. Candles at 9 lessons and midnight mass, just beautiful. You should go too!

Christmas Services
21 December:
11.30am Follow the Star Carol Service followed by coffee and mince pies - very suitable for small children
7.00pm Service of Nine Lessons and Carols - not suitable for small children

Christmas Eve:
5.00pm Nativity Service - children welcome to come dressed as an agenl, a shepherd or a wise man: buggies to be left in the hall please
11.30pm Midnight Mass

Christmas Day:
8.00am Holy Communion
10.00am Christmas Family Communion - highly recommended for all ages
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Re: Any church service recommendations for Xmas?

Postby firsttimerSW11 » Sun Dec 07, 2014 10:34 pm

St Luke's is gorgeous and I'd second the above. However The concern I'd have re St Luke's for you is that the main vicar is female...
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Re: Any church service recommendations for Xmas?

Postby Goldhawk » Mon Dec 08, 2014 4:54 pm

Thanks for your comments
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Re: Any church service recommendations for Xmas?

Postby Annabel (admin) » Sun Dec 14, 2014 3:36 pm

Hello
A good friend of mine has taken over at St Matthews in Fulham.

I know they'd be more than welcome there...

http://www.stmf.org.uk/

It's just over the bridge so pretty easy to get to if you're in a car.

Good luck

A
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Re: Any church service recommendations for Xmas?

Postby balhamwilbur » Mon Dec 15, 2014 10:51 am

St Mary's on the river in Battersea is a wonderful Church, used to be our Parish Church. They are very welcoming, quite traditional and usually have lovely music. The church itself is stunning and full of history (Benedict Arnold is buried there, so if your visitors are from the USA, they may have an opinion about that!). Not sure about what female clergy they have, you would have to look at website.
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Re: Any church service recommendations for Xmas?

Postby ExitPursuedByABear » Mon Dec 29, 2014 5:24 pm

On similar topic, can anyone recommend a friendly CofE church near Tooting Bec/Balham please? Would like to start taking my little one. St Luke's sounds lovely but is slightly far for us. Thank you!
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Re: Any church service recommendations for Xmas?

Postby twomonkeys » Mon Dec 29, 2014 7:03 pm

This is not my own church, but I have friends that do attend here and they are very welcoming to families.

http://www.holytrinityuppertooting.org. ... dyouth.htm

Maybe that is closer to you.
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Re: Any church service recommendations for Xmas?

Postby lemonzest » Fri Jan 02, 2015 2:29 pm

ExitPursuedByABear you might also like to try Ascension Balham http://ascensionbalhamhill.org/ It's not my church, but it's known for being friendly and having activities for families.
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