Advent and Christmas 2021

During Advent we take time to prepare our hearts to welcome God, looking forward to the time when all things will be gathered up in God’s love.

At Christmas we celebrate that God came to us 2000 years ago not in grandeur and noise, but in a small village, where there was no room for a young couple to sleep. There God became a human being, being born as a vulnerable baby.

If you’d like to see some of the ways we’ve celebrated this season in the past, please see our Advent and Christmas Gallery.

Please do join us for any of our activities and if you’d like further information, let us know.

Advent: 28 November – 19 December – Fours Sundays of preparation of hearts.

  • Advent 1: 28 November: modern pilgrimage after church to St James Quarter for lunch and onto the Edinburgh Christmas Nativity in St Andrew Square. If you’d like to join us, meet at the church at noon.
  • Advent 2 : 5 December : Service of the Light at 7pm – a quiet evening service (c 30mins) with candles we pause and reflect during this holy season.

Christmas – we aim to mark those services marked with asterisk available on Zoom as well as in person

Monday 20th: 10-1pm Junior Church Fun – for primary and pre-primary children (please contact us for details: info@stmarksportobello.org)
Wed 22nd : 7pm Carols by Candlelight with refreshments
Thurs 23rd : 11am Christmas Pilgrimage with carols. All the churches – starting at St John’s Brighton Place and finishing at St Mark’s

Christmas Eve
4pm Crib Service (a service for all ages)
9.30pm Christmas Communion*

Christmas Day
10.30 Christmas Communion

Sun 26th : 10.30 Christmas Communion on Zoom only
(no service on Thursday 30th December)

 

Sun 2nd : 10.30 New Year’s Service*
Thurs 6th : 10am Feast of the Epiphany (on zoom)
Sunday 9th : 10.30 Epiphany 1 and Baptism of the Lord * (with renewal of baptism promises)