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Christmas Services from our Churches:

Holy Trinity Church:

Sunday 23 December, 6 pm: Carol Service with candles, carols, mulled wine and mince pies.

Monday 24 December, 3 pm and 4.30 pm. Crib Services. 45 minutes maximum, guaranteed child friendly. All children welcome to dress up and join in the Nativity Story.

Monday 24 December, starting at 1130 pm. Midnight Mass.

Tuesday 25 December, Christmas Day: 8 am Christmas Eucharist, a simple said service in traditional language; 9.45 am, Christmas Eucharist, Christmas celebration in contemporary language with choir and carols ‘a service for all the family’.

Good News Church, 149 High Street

Sunday 23 December, 10.30 am Morning Service; 4 pm Seasonal Reflections, Carols and Cake.

Christmas Day, 10 am Come and celebrate with us our Saviour’s birth.

Methodist Church: Christmas Services will be held at Burgess Hill Methodist Church this year.

St Luke’s Catholic Church, meeting at St. Edward’s Church 2 Lodge Lane, Keymer:

Friday 21 December, 7 pm: Ecumenical Candlelit service with refreshments and mince pies.

Christmas Eve, Monday 24 December, 7 pm: First Mass of the Nativity

Christmas Day, 9 am: Mass of the Nativity

The Point, meeting at St. Paul’s Catholic College, Burgess Hill (unless otherwise stated)

Sunday, 16 December 11 am: Patrick the Musical, at Hurst College Theatre

Saturday, 22 December, 2-4.30 pm: Sanctuary Christmas Special at the Village Centre

Sunday, 23 December, 9.30 am: Family Carol Service

11.15 am: Carols Celebration

Christmas Day, 1030 am: All Age Celebration

Community Christmas Day Lunch, Village Centre, from 1 pm. Making Christmas Day special for families and individuals who would like to be with others on this day. Organised by two charities: Befriended and Hope. For more information, please email admin@befriended.org or phone 01273 833264.

Reverse Advent Calendar Scheme: Christmas is coming, but for some families it is a struggle to manage the additional demands on income. The churches and other groups in the village are organising a ‘Reverse Advent Calendar’ scheme again this year. Just find a box, and put an item into it every day during Advent (December 1st to December 24th). Non-perishable food (tins and packets) plus other items including toiletries, will be very welcome. See a longer article in Hurst Life for more details. The contents of the boxes will be given to two charities - Family Support Work and Off the Fence – which support people in need. If you take part in this scheme, please bring your filled box to Holy Trinity Church between 10 am and 12 noon on Saturday 29 December. Phone or email me for more information. 01273 835113; email margaret@112a.co.uk.

Wednesday January 2nd and Wed January 9th. 8 pm., Players Theatre. Reading and Auditions for ‘Rope’ by Patrick Hamilton (one-time resident of Hassocks). This play, written in 1929, is fundamentally a murder mystery, encompassing elements of class and psychological distinctions. Noel Coward it is not! Two Oxford undergraduates plot and carry out the murder of a third student. The audience know very early on what has happened but the mystery lies in the behaviour and reaction of the murderers and their party guests – one of whom smells the proverbial rat!

Players – 6 men, 2 women ages 20-50+. The ages are merely a guide, don’t be deterred if you don’t quite match. We are always keen to hear from people who prefer the backstage side of things – do come along if you would like to know more about how you can get involved. Any queries – please call Jo Kearns 01273 834200. Performances 2 – 6 April 2019.