Diocese of Portsmouth

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Celebrating Christmas in 2021

Many are wondering how we will be able to celebrate Christmas this year – with most restrictions now removed, can we return to pre-covid forms of celebrating, or will we still need to rethink and find new ways of hosting Advent and Christmas services.

The national Advent and Christmas campaign this year is entitled At the heart of Christmas. Inspired by readings from the Gospels of Luke and John read at so many Christmas services, At the heart of Christmas is an invitation to everyone to discover – or rediscover – the good news of God’s saving love as revealed in the birth of Jesus. It is also a challenge to each of us to ponder in our hearts – as Mary did – what the extraordinary events of the first Christmas might mean for us now and in the years ahead.

At the heart of Christmas is a deliberately simple and open theme – one that we hope can be used by local churches to invite their communities to share in celebrating the good news of Christmas in a whole variety of ways, whatever the prevailing circumstances.

At the heart of Christmas


Here are a collection of links and resources you might find useful as you prepare for Advent and Christmas this year.


This are some of the events taking place in our diocese this year to celebrate Advent and Christmas.

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Carol services from around our diocese in 2020

Christmas Day: Celebration at St Wilfrid's Church, Cowplain

Christmas Eve: Christingle service, St John's Church, Locks Heath

December 21: Community carol service from St Luke's, Southsea (featuring readings from those who live, work and study in the parish)

December 21: Pompey Heroes carol service at Portsmouth Cathedral (city residents who helped others during the pandemic were invited)

December 20: Digital carol service from the parish of Newport and Carisbrooke

December 20: Nine Lessons and Carols, Crofton parish

December 20: All-age Nativity service, St Simon's Church, Southsea