We have a full calendar of Christmas services across the Octagon churches this year with something on offer for everyone. All of our churches will be hosting carol services (except North Marden) during December, starting with Racton on the 12th December.
There will be collections of food and household items for Chichester Foodbank throughout December – items to be brought to any regular Octagon 10am service or dropped off at The Vicarage. This will culminate in a ‘Cold Eucharist’ service at Up Marden on the 19th December at 10am, where a cash collection will be made for StonePillow in Chichester.
Compton Midnight Mass has been brought forward to 10pm to appeal to a wider audience.
Staying at Home?
Christmas Day Eucharist – The service will be LiveStreamed to our YouTube channel at 10am from Stoughton St Mary.
Covid-19 – Christmas and Covid-19 controls in all our churches.
Masks our now mandatory in church including when singing. We will be providing hand sanitiser and keeping the buildings well ventilated. Please do remember to wrap up warm for all our carol services. Unlike earlier in the year, we will not be assigning seating, but respectfully request that you observe social distancing as much as possible, not gather in large groups after the services and observe requests from others to keep a distance especially when choosing where to sit. Please do not attend any services if you are experiencing any symptoms of Covid-19 or indeed any flu virus.
We will be providing a quiet eucharistic service for Christmas that will be socially distanced on the 26th December at 9:30am in Compton St Mary.
12th December – Racton Carols, 10am
16th December – Stansted Carols, 4pm
17th December – Forestside Carols, 5:30pm
17th December 2021 – East Marden Carols, 7pm
19th December – Up Marden, Cold Eucharist collecting for StonePillow, 10am
19th December – Stoughton Carols, 5:30pm
24th December – Compton Crib Service, 5pm
24th December – Up Marden Carols, 5pm – (ticketed event- SOLD OUT)
24th December – Compton Midnight Mass, 10pm
25th December – Stoughton Christmas Eucharist, 10am
26th December – Compton Socially Distanced Eucharist for Christmas, 9:30am
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The Octagon Parish is made up of eight villages with churches: Stansted, Racton, Stoughton, East Marden, North Marden, Up Marden, Compton and Forestside and two villages without churches: West Marden and Walderton. Blessed with wonderful walks and fine views down to the south coast, its small ancient downland churches are noted for their spiritual peace and tranquillity, some dating back to Saxon times. There are two stately homes in the area: Stansted House and Uppark.