He called them, and at once they left their boat and their father, and followed him. Matthew 4:22
AdventAdvent is a time of waiting for the arrival of Christmas: the coming of Jesus to earth when he was born as a baby in Bethlehem, about 2000 years ago. Church services relate to the coming of Jesus and the preparations for this.
Christmas DayOn Christmas Day, December 25th, we celebrate the birth of the infant Jesus, in a stable in Bethlehem, to his mother Mary and her husband Joseph. We celebrate by decorating the church, holding special services for children, a Gift Service, carol services and Christmas Day communion.
Watch-night serviceAround midnight on December 31st we gather to thank God for the blessings and mercy we have received throughout the year. As we stand at the end of the old year and look to the New Year, we reflect on the ways God has influenced our lives.
EpiphanyEpiphany is an ancient Christian feast day dating from the 4th Century. Epiphany is associated with the three kings (magi) visiting the infant Jesus in the stable and also celebrates the baptism of Jesus by John the Baptist in the river Jordan. All Saints' Parish Church holds an Epiphany carol service for the LEP partner churches to take part.
LentLent represents the 40 days that Jesus spent being tempted in the wilderness by the Devil. Lent is preceded by Shrove Tuesday (Pancake Day) and begins with Ash Wednesday. It is a time when Christians prepare for Easter by thinking about their spiritual lives and their relationship with God. Here in Kingston, Study Groups or film series, or special reading programmes help us to reflect on these things, and we join with members of other churches in the town as we prepare for Easter.
EasterEaster is the oldest and most important Christian Festival. It marks the death and celebrates the resurrection of Jesus Christ. The date of Easter changes every year (it falls on the first Sunday after the first full moon after the Spring equinox).
Ascension DayAscension Day is commemorated 40 days after Easter and marks Jesus' ascent into Heaven, after his time on earth following his crucifixion and resurrection. A church service marks this day.
PentecostPentecost, also called Whitsun, occurs on the 7th Sunday after Easter and commemorates the time when the Holy Spirit descended upon Jesus' disciples. They were changed from frightened, disillusioned followers into empowered men able to spread Christianity and the message of Jesus throughout the ancient world.