On this page you will find our Online Christmas Services for the United Benefice of St Michael Betchworth and St Mary Buckland.
Below is our Christmas Day service.
Click here for our Christmas Eve Crib service
And here for the Upper Mole Group Service of Lessons and Carols.


Christmas Day
Friday 25th December 2020

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We have this Advent Ring to remind us of those who prepared the way for the coming of Christ, the Light of the World. The fourth candle reminds us of the Blessed Virgin Mary who gave birth to the Saviour of the world.

Five candles are lit

God our Father, the angel Gabriel told the Virgin Mary that she was to be mother of your son. Though Mary was afraid, she responded with joy. Help us, whom you call to serve you, to share like her in your great work of bringing to our world your love and healing. We ask this through Jesus Christ, the Light who is coming into the world.

Lord Jesus, Light of the world, blessed is Gabriel who brought good news; blessed is Mary your mother and ours. Bless your church preparing for Christmas; and bless us your children who long for your coming. Amen.

The Greeting

The Lord be with you
and also with you.


Almighty God,
you have given us your only-begotten Son
to take our nature upon him
and as at this time to be born of a pure virgin:
grant that we, who have been born again
and made your children by adoption and grace,
may daily be renewed by your Holy Spirit;
through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord,
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.

Hymn : Hark! The herald angels sing

Hark! the herald angels sing
Glory to the new-born King;
Peace on earth and mercy mild,
God and sinners reconciled:
Joyful all ye nations rise,
Join the triumph of the skies,
With the angelic host proclaim,
Christ is born in Bethlehem.

Hark! The herald angels sing
Glory to the newborn king.

Christ, by highest heaven adored,
Christ, the everlasting Lord,
Late in time behold him come,
Offspring of a virgin’s womb:
Veiled in flesh the Godhead see,
Hail the incarnate Deity!
Pleased as man with man to dwell,
Jesus, our Emmanuel.

Hail the heaven-born Prince of Peace!
Hail the Sun of Righteousness!
Light and life to all he brings,
Risen with healing in his wings;
Mild he lays his glory by,
Born that man no more may die,
Born to raise the sons of earth,
Born to give them second birth.

Words: Charles Wesley (1707-88) and others
Music: Adapted from Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy (1809-47)

1st Reading: Isaiah 52.7-10 – The Lord has redeemed Jerusalem

How beautiful upon the mountains
are the feet of the messenger who announces peace,

who brings good news,
who announces salvation,
who says to Zion, ‘Your God reigns.’

Listen! Your sentinels lift up their voices,
together they sing for joy;

for in plain sight they see
the return of the Lord to Zion.

Break forth together into singing,
you ruins of Jerusalem;
for the Lord has comforted his people,
he has redeemed Jerusalem.

The Lord has bared his holy arm
before the eyes of all the nations;

and all the ends of the earth shall see
the salvation of our God.

For the Word of the Lord
Thanks be to God

Anthem: I saw three ships Trad arr James O’Donnell
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(Westminster Cathedral Choir)

I saw three ships come sailing in
On Christmas Day, on Christmas Day
I saw three ships come sailing in
On Christmas Day in the morning.
And what was in those ships all three
Our Saviour Christ and his lady

Pray, wither sailed those ships all three
O, they sailed into Bethlehem
And all the bells on Earth shall ring
And all the Angels in Heaven shall sing,
And all the souls on earth shall sing,
Then let us all rejoice again,

Words: English Traditional (Sandys, 1833)

Gospel John 1.1-14 – The Word became flesh and we have seen his glory

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things came into being through him, and without him not one thing came into being. What has come into being in him was life, and the life was the light of all people. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not overcome it.
There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. He came as a witness to testify to the light, so that all might believe through him. He himself was not the light, but he came to testify to the light. The true light, which enlightens everyone, was coming into the world.
He was in the world, and the world came into being through him; yet the world did not know him. He came to what was his own, and his own people did not accept him. But to all who received him, who believed in his name, he gave power to become children of God, who were born, not of blood or of the will of the flesh or of the will of man, but of God.
And the Word became flesh and lived among us, and we have seen his glory, the glory as of a father’s only son, full of grace and truth.

This is the Gospel of the Lord Praise to you O Christ

Sermon : Kerry Evans ( Ordinand)

Loving God,
We ask for the gift of your Holy Spirit
to help us pray in this difficult times.

Lord hear us: Lord Graciously hear us

We ask for the energy and vision of your Spirit
for those who are tiring in the battle against injustice and oppression:
for those exhausted by the struggle with poverty and hunger.
We pray for the Foodbanks, for the volunteers and those using the facility for the first time

Lord hear us: Lord Graciously hear us

We ask for the hope and comfort of your Spirit
for those whose lives are overshadowed by illness or pain;
for those whose lives are darkened by sorrow or bereavement.
In the silence we lift before you those on our hearts at this time ….

Lord hear us: Lord Graciously hear us

We ask for the love and courage of your Spirit
for those reaching out to comfort the distressed;
for those reaching out to others with the Good News of Christ through their words and actions which emanate your love

Lord hear us: Lord Graciously hear us

Loving God,
We ask for the assurance of your Spirit
to know your presence with us in our daily lives:
in our relationships.
in our work and service.
in our worship.
in our times of joy and pain.
Merciful father accept these prayers through our Saviour Jesus Christ Amen.

The Lord bless us and watch over us;
The Lord make his face to shine upon us and be gracious to us;
The Lord look kindly upon us and give us peace. Amen

Our worship has now ended, and our service now begins…
Go in the light and peace of Christ
Thanks be to God.

Organ Voluntary:
Interlude on ‘God rest you merry’ – W S Lloyd-Webber (1914-82)

Some of the material included in this Service is Copyright © The Archbishops’ Council 2000 and other Hymns and Music are reproduced and streamed under Church Copyright Licences 778647 and 873889


Christmas Eve, Thursday 24th December 2020
Crib Service for St Mary’s Buckland & St Michael’s Betchworth

This wonderful resource from the Bible Society is what we are basing our crib service on. These strange times mean that not everyone is able to attend services and we hope that this will bring comfort and joy at this wonderful time of year.

  • We also have ‘nativity activity bags’ for younger members of our community – please feel free to collect one from the crib area of both churches.
  • Prayer baubles are available in St Michael’s Betchworth to hang on our Christmas tree near the crib at the altar – please write the names of people you would like remembered this Christmas time.
  • If you are walking the grounds of the churches, why not walk the ‘stations of the nativity’ which takes us on a journey to the crib in Bethlehem.

Ultimately, we wish you a safe and peaceful Christmas, and know that the church is open for private prayer Tuesday/Thursday and Sunday 9-4pm.

God Bless

Revd. Anna

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Sunday 20th December 2020

Upper Mole Group of Churches
Service of Lessons and Carols

For a text version of this service, click here.

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