Join us in Bitterne Park as we get ready for Christmas and the big celebration of our saviour’s birth. We’re kicking off with an online wreath making course and some candlelit services with Christmas music. Then on Christmas Eve we’ll have an online Nativity service for families and Midnight Communion in person followed by a family friendly Christmas Day celebration. It would be great if you could join us!

All services take place at the Church of the Ascension, 1 Thorold Road unless stated otherwise.

Staying safe and doing things differently

This year things look a bit different to help keep us all save from Covid-19.

There won’t be any singing by the congregation at any of our services, though there will still be lots of great Christmas music and carols from our musicians.

And we’re asking you to book free tickets online to help us manage numbers and social distancing.

All services are subject to changes and possible cancellations.

Wednesday 2 December

Online Wreath Making Workshop at 7.30pm. Join us for a live streamed wreath making workshop. Included in your ticket price is delivery of a wreath making starter pack.

*Booking has now closed for this event*

Sunday 13 December

Candlelit Christmas Services at 4.00pm and 6.00pm. Join us for a candlelit service with Christmas carols and music from our Ascension musicians. The 6.00pm service will be live streamed on our Youtube Channel – watch online here.

Book your free ticket for 4.00pm here

Book your free ticket for 6.00pm here

Wednesday 16 December

Carols on the Doorstep  – at 6.00pm. Tune in to BBC Radio Solent on 96.1FM or listen online, and join people around the nation in singing carols on your doorstep as we can’t go carol singing this year. Download a flyer to distribute to your street and your song words from the Carols on the Doorstep website.

Thursday 24 December – Christmas Eve

Online Nativity Service and Scavenger Hunt at 3.30pm. Sign up to get your part, dress up in character, and join us online for an alternative to the traditional crib service. Aimed at primary school aged children, we’ll deliver a special goody bag to yours as well once you sign up online. The scavenger hunt starts at 3.30pm, moving onto the nativity at 4.00pm. If you only want to do one part, that’s fine.

Book your free tickets online by 17 December

Midnight Communion at 11.30pm. Join us as we celebrate communion together in a traditional service. Communion will be distributed in a safe and socially distanced way, and be of one kind. Please note there will be no live stream for this service

Book your free ticket online

Friday 25 December – Christmas Day

Christmas day celebration service at 10.00am in the worship space. This will be a family friendly fun service where we can celebrate Christmas together. This service will be live streamed on our YouTube Channel – watch online here.

Book your free tickets online now

Sunday 27 December

Morning Prayer at 9.00am.

Sunday 3 January

Services begin again for 2021.