Advent & Christmas 2020

An image of the star of David on St Andrews, Mells porch .















The Collect for the First Sunday of Advent 

ALMIGHTY God, give us grace that we may cast away the works of darkness, and put upon us the armour of light, now in the time of this mortal life, in which thy Son Jesus Christ came to visit us in great humility; that in the last day, when he shall come again in his glorious Majesty, to judge both the quick and the dead, we may rise to the life immortal; through him who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Ghost, now and ever. Amen.


Advent and Christmas ideas and resources

This Christmas the Church will need, in the words of St Paul in Romans 12.15, to ‘Rejoice with those who rejoice; weep with those who weep’. We will aim to celebrate where we can together in one place – but also embrace a wider community that wants to join in the celebration but may not be physically able – or emotionally ready – to do so.

Comfort and Joy this Christmas 
The national Church and the diocese will be providing resources and reflections which link to this year’s theme of Comfort and Joy. The different resources will support worship in schools, in churches and at home. Find out more

What are our plans ?

We await advice from oir diocese following guidelines set out by our governemt post Dec 2 regarding worship under restrictons to be confirmed . We will keep ths page updated with all arrange
Below are more resources, ideas and events 


  • We are hoping to have a benefice on line traditonal carol service - details, as to the launch to follow.
  • There will worsip in St Andrwws each Sunday od Advent at 1000 as well as being on Zoom.
  • There willne an Advenrt reflection at 6p In St Andrews Mells and on Zoom.
  • The diocesan Go team for children and young people are producing a Journey to
  • Christmas which begins on 1 December. Daily videos will feature familiar faces from around the Diocese of Bath and Wells playing nativity characters telling the Christmas story . 
  • Look out for Wells Cathedral’s Virtual Advent Calendar, for a daily musical treat to help you count down to Christmas! With advent carols old and new sung by the Cathedral Choir, and some festive organ works, this is the perfect way to mark the season of Advent. Find out more on the Wells Cathedral website .
  • Here is an excellent seres of short daily reflections for Advent
  • On December 5 and 6,  South West Carols hopes to host the biggest nativity and carols event in the South West. A number of local church schools are taking part, together with local musicians, young people from around the region and the London Community Gospel Choir. Find out more.
  • You are invited to join Send a Cow 's online Christmas celebration 10 December. Celebrating their work with farmers to combat the effects of climate change. 
  • You can also download Send a Cow's free Church Christmas resources
  • 13 December Movement  which brings young people together to meet with God in prayer, are hosting a special Movement 'end of Year Celebration' online from 6pm.
  • 13 December 9am 'Share Joy' - A National Christingle Service from The Children’s Society



  • There will a service in Mells on Christmas eve / day . Detailed to be confirmed.
  • The Environment team has produced a guide to having a green Christmas.
  • Wells Cathedral will  be filming some Christmas services, and Bishop Ruth plans to film a Christmas morning service for those who are isolating at home, which we’ll show on the diocesan website .