Advent and Christmas Services

We draw your attention to the following special services for the seasons of Advent and Christmas


Thursday 13th December 2018

The Abbey Church of St Mary the Virgin, Sherborne
4.00pm - Leweston Carol Service
The Abbey Church of St Mary the Virgin, Sherborne
7.00pm - ‘A Quieter Christmas’ Service

Friday 14th December 2018

The Abbey Church of St Mary the Virgin, Sherborne
2.00pm - Sherborne Preparatory School Carol Service

Saturday 15th December 2018

The Abbey Church of St Mary the Virgin, Sherborne
11.00am - Sherborne School Carol Service
The Abbey Church of St Mary the Virgin, Sherborne
2.30pm - Sherborne Girls Carol Service

Sunday 16th December 2018

St Paul's @ The Gryphon, Sherborne
10.30am - All Age Nativity Service
The Church of St James the Great, Longburton
6.00pm - Carol Service

Monday 17th December 2018

The Abbey Church of St Mary the Virgin, Sherborne
3.00pm - Cathedrals Express Carol Service

Tuesday 18th December 2018

The Abbey Church of St Mary the Virgin, Sherborne
7.00pm - Gryphon School Carol Service

Wednesday 19th December 2018

The Abbey Church of St Mary the Virgin, Sherborne
2.00pm - Abbey Primary School Carol Service
The Abbey Church of St Mary the Virgin, Sherborne
5.30pm - Festive Choral Evensong

Service sung by The Sherborne Singers

Introit: Lully, Lulla, thou little tiny child: Kenneth Leighton

Versicles and Responses : William Slogrove

Psalm 47 (Chant : Slogrove)

Magnficat and Nunc Dimittis (New College Oxford setting : Alexander L’Estrange)

Anthems : Let the people praise you : Alexander L’Estrange; I was glad : Hubert Parry

Hymn : How shall I sing that majesty; tune Coe Fen.


Thursday 20th December 2018

The Abbey Church of St Mary the Virgin, Sherborne
2.00pm - UK Railtours Carol Service

Saturday 22nd December 2018

The Abbey Church of St Mary the Virgin, Sherborne
12.00pm - Shoppers’ Carols

Officiant: Canon Eric Woods

The Abbey Church of St Mary the Virgin, Sherborne
1.00pm - Shoppers’ Carols

Officiant: Revd Jane Craw

The Abbey Church of St Mary the Virgin, Sherborne
2.00pm - Shoppers’ Carols

Officiant: Revd Guntars Reboks

The Abbey Church of St Mary the Virgin, Sherborne
3.00pm - Shoppers’ Carols

Officiant: Revd Hugh Bonsey


Sunday 23rd December 2018

The Abbey Church of St Mary the Virgin, Sherborne
3.00pm - Sherborne Abbey Carol Service
The Church of St Martin of Tours, Lillington
6.00pm - Carol Service

Monday 24th December 2018

The Abbey Church of St Mary the Virgin, Sherborne
3.00pm - Blessing of the Crib & Lighting of the Tree

Officiant: Canon Eric Woods

The Church of St James the Great, Longburton
4.00pm - Crib Service
The Abbey Church of St Mary the Virgin, Sherborne
5.00pm - Blessing of the Crib & Lighting of the Tree

Officiant: Canon Eric Woods

The Church of St James the Great, Longburton
11.30pm - The First Eucharist of Christmas

Officiant & Preacher: Revd Lesley McCreadie

The Abbey Church of St Mary the Virgin, Sherborne
11.30pm - The First Eucharist of Christmas

Officiant & Preacher: Canon Eric Woods

Setting: Darke in F

Carols: Christe, Redemptor omnium (Martin)

Silent Night (Grüber arr. Cashmore)

O little town of Bethlehem (Walford Davies)

Hymns: Special Sheet


Tuesday 25th December 2018

The Abbey Church of St Mary the Virgin, Sherborne
8.00am - Holy Communion BCP

Celebrant: Revd Hugh Bonsey

The Church of St Mary Magdalene, Castleton
8.00am - Holy Communion BCP

Celebrant: Canon Eric Woods

The Abbey Church of St Mary the Virgin, Sherborne
9.30am - Parish Eucharist for Christmas Day

Celebrant: Canon Eric Woods

Preacher: Bishop of Sherborne

Setting: Missa Sancti Johanni (Haydn)

Carols: Lully, lullay (Stopford)

Christe Redemptor omnium (Martin)

Hymns: 30, 21, 34, 26

The Church of St Martin of Tours, Lillington
10.00am - Lessons and Carols followed by Holy Communion BCP

Celebrant & Preacher: Revd Hugh Bonsey

The Church of St James the Great, Longburton
10.00am - Family Communion

Celebrant: Revd Lesley McCreadie

St Paul's @ The Gryphon, Sherborne
10.00am - All Age Holy Communion

Preacher: Revd Jono Tregale

The Church of St Mary Magdalene, Castleton
11.00am - Lessons and Carols followed by Holy Communion BCP

Preacher: Revd Jane Craw

The Abbey Church of St Mary the Virgin, Sherborne
11.15am - Festal Mattins

Officiant & Preacher: Canon Eric Woods

Introit: A great and mighty wonder (M. Praetorius)

Responses: Rose

Venite:   chant

Psalm: 98

Te Deum: Britten in C

Jubilate: Britten in C

Anthem: A babe is born (Mathias)

Hymns: 30, 40, 25