A Christmas round-up… in Spring!

Somewhat belatedly, as the daffodils are well and truly out, here’s a round up of the Christmas season at St Giles’ and St Andrew’s!

We kicked off Advent at the Village Carols with our new nativity photo booth, which was enjoyed by lots of villagers. If you missed it, you can be sure it will be back next year, with added props and dressing up options, covid permitting.

Knit & Natter decorated the big post box by the surgery and Baby Steps had a very cute nativity Christmas party.

The Senior Citizens Christmas Lunch was converted to a Hamper in 2020 so it made a welcome return to St Andrew’s this year, including a visit from Stoke Poges School choir with carols for everyone to join in.

At St Giles’, we celebrated “nearly Christmas” with our traditional carol service, followed by wassailing the following week. We made jingle sticks and jingled through the Memorial Gardens, our path lit by flaming lanterns. We sang carols on the bridge overlooking Stoke Park and then back to St Giles’ for mulled cider and mince pies and more outdoor carols.

Then it was Christmas Eve and we warmly welcomed a healthy number of regulars and visitors to our beautiful church, dressed in flowers and lights, full of anticipation of the coming of Jesus – the child that would change everything. The celebration continued the next morning, Christmas Day – a birthday party for everyone to enjoy.

Now we are knee deep in spring, our Lent sermon series started this week and the Life Groups are about to pick up the baton with an in-depth lent study. You’ll find our Lent and Easter services below and Mothering Sunday is just around the corner on 27th March.

Meanwhile our regular groups have been meeting: Knit & Natter are embarking on projects for Easter and The Queen’s Jubilee, Friday Coffee group is available for friendly local chat and Baby Steps returned last week. Wednesday and Sunday services are back to normal at both churches – if you haven’t seen us for a while, you are always welcome.

Further details can be found at www.stokepogeschurch.org or on the noticeboards at both churches.

Christmas 2017

Well another Christmas in Stoke Poges has flown by! We lit the Advent candles, rehearsed our singing, decorated the church and then all was set for a magical Christmas Eve and joyous Christmas Day!

From the cuteness and chaos of the Pre-school Carol Service, the bustle and hum of the Family Service (just about 400 people in St Giles’!) to the ceremony of the Midnight Communion Service in which we welcomed Christmas Day, continuing at 10am on The Day Itself.

Huge thanks to everyone who had a hand in the preparations and smooth running of the services and to our midnight guest, the Bishop of Buckingham, the Rt Revd Dr Alan Wilson.

published 30th December 2017

It’s Advent!


There’s so much going on, I’m squeezing in an extra blog this week! – Ed

What a great time we had opening up the season of Advent at our All-age service!

Thanks to everyone who had any part in making this service a real time of family worship. Everything from the first welcome, to the tidy-up time, the creative and thoughtful preparation and of course coffee and bacon sarnies was a whole team effort!

If you want to know more about all of this, ask someone who was there…