This Sunday - December 16th is the 3rd Sunday of Advent. Also known as Gaudete Sunday. John the Baptist is often thought of as a stern, grim figure. But as a matter of fact, he could be the patron saint of joy! Maybe that’s why he is the focal point of the gospel for Gaudete or Rejoice Sunday, the third Sunday of Advent. Joy comes only through humility and repentance.

On the third Sunday of Advent, the penitential purple of the season changes to rose and we celebrate “Gaudete” or “Rejoice!” Sunday. “Shout for joy, daughter of Sion” says Zephaniah. “Draw water joyfully from the font of salvation,” says Isaiah. “Rejoice in the Lord always,” says St. Paul. “Do penance for the judge is coming,” says John the Baptist. Believe it or not, John the Baptist is the patron saint of spiritual joy. After all, he leapt for joy in his mother’s womb at the presence of Jesus and Mary (Luke 1:44). And it says that he rejoices to hear the bridegrooms voice (John 3:29-30).
Tonight at 6:00pm why not join us at All Saints Church in Fosdyke for a traditional Festival of Lessons and Carols followed by light refreshments.

December 18th Kirton Village Carol Sing. Join the Churches for a Village Carol sing – meet at the Methodist Church for 6-30pm. Also on this day we welcome Thomas Middlecott Academy for their Christmas Carols Services at 2:15pm and at 6:30pm.
On Thursday 20th December we welcome Kirton Junior School for their Carol Service at 2:15pm.

December 21st at 7:00pm “The Longest Night” – on this night we offer a very simple but special time of worship and fellowship for all those people who find this festive time of the year stressful and difficult. Why not join us for a time of simple reflection and prayer and fellowship on the longest night of the year.

Christmas Eve December 24th 
A Special Family Crib Service at 4:00pm. The Christmas Story told in Chocolate!
The First Mass of Christmas Midnight.
Service begins at 11:30pm.
Christmas Day December 25th 
Christmas Day Eucharist for all the family at 10:00am

Dec 26th Boxing Day – The Feast of St Stephen – Holy Eucharist at 9-30am
Dec 27th The Feast of St John the Evangelist. Holy Eucharist at 9-30am
Dec 28th The Feast of the Holy Innocents. Holy Eucharist at 9-30am.

December 30th Sunday after Christmas 8am Holy Eucharist at Kirton.
Benefice Eucharist at Fosdyke at 11:00am followed by refreshments.