Our liturgical year begins on Advent Sunday. Advent Sunday is four Sunday’s prior to Christmas Day, and normally falls four Sundays before Christmas, on the last Sunday in November or less frequently on the first Sunday in December.
During the year we hold services that mark special days in the Christian year. These services will be listed in the calendar and monthly lists.
Christmas Eve Crib Service – a service for all the family including familiar children’s carols, the making of a christingle, and some fun stories.
Patronal Festival for St Mungo’s – a service on the Sunday closest to 13th January, celebrating the apostle whose name was assigned to our church.
Ash Wednesday – a service that reminds us of our mortality and invites us to have a period of 40 days of reflection, repentance and preparation for Holy Week. It is traditionally a time for study and a period of fasting or giving up something.
Palm Sunday – a service at the start of Holy Week that joyously celebrates Jesus’ entry in to Jerusalem, but which includes a reading of the Passion Narrative, describing Jesus’ last week and his death.
Maundy Thursday – We hold a service in the evening where we strip the altar and leave the church bare, symbolic of Christ’s passion and death. A candle lit prayer vigil is held in the Peace Chapel at the end of the service, for as long as people wish to remain there.
Good Friday – We hold a service on good Friday as we reflect on the death of our Lord.
Easter Day – A service of celebration as we acknowledge the resurrection of Jesus and his victory over death.
Whipman Festival – in conjunction with St Andrew’s Church of Scotland we support events for this festival, in the first week of June.
Creation Tide – services during September where we focus on God’s creation, and lamenting and challenging ourselves about humankind’s detrimental impact on the earth.
Harvest Festival (1st Sunday in October) – celebrating the safe gathering in of the harvest for another year, and offering gifts of food to those who are without.
Blessing of Animals (Sunday closest to 4th October, St Francis Day) – An opportunity to bless our pets who are our constant companions.
All Saints Day – when we remember all those who have died in the service of the church.
All Souls Day – when we remember all we know who have died, especially those who have died in the last year. It is a time for reflection and thanksgiving for lives that have touched us.
Remembrance Sunday – a joint service held at St Andrew’s Church of Scotland in West Linton when we remember those who have died in defence of our country during times of war, and we pray for peace in lands where there is no peace.
Christ the King (the Sunday before Advent Sunday) – the last Sunday in our liturgical year, where we celebrate that Jesus, the Messiah, or the Christ, is our Lord and Saviour.