Patronal Festival

On this day we celebrate the life of St. Wilfrid of York, Celtic Abbot and Romish Bishop, a massive figure in the life of early Britain whose life is now much forgotten, particularly in the north where he came into conflict with the likes of the popular Chad.  Wilfrid is much better venerated in the south where he went following his time in York and where his evangelistic abilities, his skills at administration and his indefatigable energies were much more appreciated and where, disentangled from monarchical considerations, he had greater space to flourish.

This year is an even more special occasion as, in the evening, we welcome Bishop Peter to come and preside at our great Festal Eucharist for St. Wilfrid.

Patronal Festival
Sunday 8th October

All- Age Service  10.00 a.m.
Festal Eucharist  6.30 p.m.

All Saints' & All Souls'

We celebrate these two days at consecutive services on All saints' Sunday.  In the morning we give thanks for all God's saints, those whose light has shined for all the world to see; whose lives are a beacon of faith and hope, of dedication and service in an often dark and selfish world.  In the evening we hold our service of The Commemoration of the Faithful Departed at which we recall with thanksgiving those individuals - parents, spouses, grandparents, children, friends - who have revealed to us the loving presence of God, who brought us into the presence of Christ and introduced us into the family of the church.

All Saints' & All Souls'
Sunday 5th November

Eucharist for All Saints  10.00 a.m.
Commemoration of the Faithful Departed  6.30 p.m.

Remembrance Sunday

As time passes it becomes increasingly difficult to recall with clarity the events that took place in what was, after all, the first half of the last century.  Such things lie in the memories of a very, and diminishing, few or in the intellectual study and resolve of historians and archivists but that is not actually the purpose of Remembrance Sunday.  We don't gather to remember the battle of Ypres, of Dunkirk, North Africa or Berlin, in the words of that great Act of Remembrance, 'we will remember them'.  We will remember the men of this community, the men of Mobberley who left our local farms, our local cottages; who went from Pavement Lane, from Wood Lane, from Moss Lane and whose blood stained foreign soil.  It is their names that are recalled and it is in the shadow of their monument that we bow our heads.

Remembrance Sunday
Sunday 12th November

All Age Service  10.00 a.m.
Act of Remembrance  11.00 a.m.

Christingle Service

Advent is a time of waiting and hoping.  Not for Christmas, although that is around the corner come-what-may, but for the coming of Christ.  The fulfilment of his promise that he shall return to his people and set them free.  Our Christingle Service is a celebration of this hope in the coming of Christ, the light that shall return revealing full glory of God to all the world.  Quite what this has to do with an orange, a candle, some red ribbon and sweets on cocktail sticks you will have to come along to the service to find out.

Christingle Service
Sunday 10th December 
10.00 a.m.

Children's Nativity Service

On what is the 4th Sunday of Advent our eyes have now turned more fully towards Bethlehem and our celebration of Jesus birth.  Our first service to fully anticipate this is our Nativity Service.  The children of the Sunday Club and our Messy Church combine to bring their very own unique take on the Christmas story.

Children's Nativity Service
Sunday 17th December
10.00 a.m.

Nine Lessons & Carols

Modelled on the service first used at Truro Cathedral and adopted by King's College Cambridge we hold an annual service of Nine Lessons and Carols following the traditional pattern of readings that tell the story of salvation from the Fall in the Garden of Eden to the events surrounding the birth of Jesus the Christ.  This year all the readings will be from the King James bible and we shall sing all our favourite Christmas Carols.  After the service you are welcome to stay and join us in mulled wine and minced pies.

Nine Lessons & Carols
Sunday 17th December
6.30 p.m.

Crib Service

On Christmas Eve we begin our celebration of Christmas in earnest starting with our popular Crib Services.  At these services we hear told the Christmas story in a simple and informal way as the children put together our Christmas Crib.  Due to the popularity of this service we now hold two of them the earlier one of which is somewhat less busy and pressured and so is perhaps better for younger children.

Crib Service
Christmas Eve
2.00 p.m. & 4.00 p.m.

Midnight Mass

Our first Communion of Christmas begins on Christmas Eve and goes over into Christmas Day.  There is a unique atmosphere to this traditional Book of Common Prayer service as we gather in the darkness to welcome the Light of the World.  There seems to be additional meaning to singing "It came upon the midnight clear" and "above thy deep and dreamless sleep the silent stars go by" when the world truly is hushed and the cold and dark lie heavily upon the doors and windows.

Midnight Mass
Christmas Eve
11.30 p.m.

Christmas Day

Our celebration of Christmas continues with two further services on the morning of Christmas Day.  We hold a said service of Holy Communion conducted according to the Book of Common Prayer at 8.30 a.m. and a slightly more informal sung service in contemporary language at 10.00 a.m.

Christmas Day Communions
Said Service 8.30 a.m.
Sung Service 10.00 a.m.