Light in the Midst of Darkness 2022

Christmas in the Benefice

Everyone is warmly invited to the Advent and Christmas services and events taking place in our churches and in the community.

We will be turning on the heating in church, but it may not be turned on as early as usual. It would be a good idea to come to church well wrapped up, just in case.

Below is an overview of all the services and events. The churches continue to be open at other times so do drop in whenever you like. Details of regular Sunday Services can be found on the calendar on the homepage here:

The Christmas Experience in Shipton Church
We hope to have the nativity scene in Shipton church from Advent to Epiphany. As with last year the scene will develop as we move through the season. Please drop in to follow the story. Starts the weekend of 3rd December.

Friday 9th December Carols by Candlelight 6.30pm in St John the Baptist, Fifield followed by festive refreshments

Sunday 11th December Carols by Candlelight 5pmSt Simon and St Jude, Milton followed by festive refreshments

Friday 16th December Nativity Play 6.30pm St John the Baptist, Fifield followed by festive refreshments

Shipton Christmas Tree Festival Event Saturday 17th December 6-8pm
Come along to see St Mary’s resplendent with 21 trees decorated by local businesses and organizations. A magical evening of mulled wine and mince pies with raffle. Tickets available from Kay Shortland on 01993 832927 at £10, children are free.You can vote for your favourite tree.


Sunday 18th December   CANCELLED Carols with Shipton Choir 3pm – Old Prebendal House* all welcome

Carols by Candlelight 4pm Idbury Church followed by festive refreshments

Nine Lessons & Carols by Candlelight with choir 6pm Shipton Church followed by festive refreshments


Monday 19th December Messy Church 10am Milton Church


Fri 23 Dec Christingle Making 10am-12noon Milton Church Room


Christmas Eve

Come along to one of the very popular Crib & Christingle Services 4pm in Milton, Shipton & Fifield Churches

Village Carols round the tree Milton 6pm

Village Carols round the tree Shipton 7pm

Midnight Communion 11pm Shipton Church


Christmas Day

Christmas Communion 9.30am in Milton Church

Christmas Communion 11am in Shipton Church

Christmas Family Service 11amin  Fifield Church

There are copies of this  year’s Christmas Cards in the chuches  – image courtesy of  local artist Lynne Freeman “Light in the Midst of Darkness”