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As Advent begins, join us for a transfixing sequence of readings, hymns, and choral music, exploring the themes of Advent – light and darkness, endings and beginnings, hope and justice.

You are welcome to attend either in person (no pre-registration required) or online by watching the livestream via our Facebook page, or by clicking the livestream button above or by scrolling down. 

The service begins at 5:30 pm and the livestream will be available by about 5:25 pm. 

The order of service is available to download below if you wish to follow along.


Clergy: The Venerable Alastair Singh-McCollum, The Reverend Stephanie Wood
Readers: Virginia Miller, Cat Small, Judith Branion, John McLaren, Carol-Ann Zenger, Kit Pearson
Choir:  The Choristers of St. John the Divine; The MacRae Choral Scholars
Sutton Organ Scholar: Emily Markwart
Assisting Conductor: Char Hodgkins
Director of Music: David Stratkauskas


In our worship we use language which is poetic and filled with metaphor and wonder – realising that any language about God is limited. We use some ancient words which may seem odd, or may seem to refer to God as male, or in terms which elsewhere we might not choose to use. The poetry and the metaphor are there not to restrict or define our understanding of God, but to remind us that our words are never enough to talk about the Divine: instead we use the beauty of the words and music in our worship to help us glimpse just a little of the God beyond all words.


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