Festivals & Special Days


Advent
Advent is the beginning of the church year, a season of expectation and preparation, as the Church prepares to celebrate the coming of Christ.

All Saints' Day & All Souls' Day
All Saints' Day is a celebration in honour of all the saints and martyrs. All Souls' Day is a day of remembrance for friends and loved ones who have passed away and purposely follows All Saints' Day in order to move the focus from the saints to ordinary people.

Ascension Day
Ascension Day marks the last appearance of Jesus to the disciples when they were walking on the Mount of Olives outside Jerusalem, before he ascended into heaven.

Ash Wednesday
In the service held on this first day of Lent a sign of the cross in ash is put on peoples' foreheads as a symbol to show that they are sorry for the things they have done wrong.

Candlemas
Early Christians developed the tradition of lighting many candles to celebrate the day Jesus was presented in the Temple in Jerusalem forty days after his birth.

Christmas
The season of Christmas is when Christians around the world celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ.

Easter Day
Easter is the oldest and the most important Christian season celebrating the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.

Epiphany
Epiphany is the time when we celebrate the appearance of the Magi (wise men or kings) bringing gifts for the baby Jesus.

Good Friday
Good Friday remembers the day on which Jesus was crucified.

Harvest Festival
Harvest has been celebrated since pagan times but the Christian emphasis is on thanking God for what he has provided and sharing the produce with others who are not so fortunate.

Holy Saturday
Holy Saturday is the Saturday before Easter and commemorates the day when Christ's body lay in the tomb before his resurrection on Easter Day.

Lent
Lent is the period of forty days before Easter when we prepare ourselves to remember the death of Jesus and celebrate his resurrection.

Maundy Thursday
Maundy Thursday celebrates the Last Supper, the meal eaten by Jesus and his disciples on the night before he was crucified.

Mothering Sunday
Mothering Sunday is the fourth Sunday in Lent. It is a time for children to say thank you to their mothers for looking after them.

Palm Sunday
Palm Sunday celebrates Jesus' entry into Jerusalem on a donkey in the days before his arrest and crucifixion. People welcomed him by waving palm fronds.

Pentecost
Pentecost (Greek for fiftieth) falls on the Sunday fifty days after the Easter and celebrates the gift of the Holy Spirit that signals the birth of the Christian Church.

Remembrance Sunday
Remembrance Sunday falls on the eleventh day of the eleventh month marking the signing of the peace agreement at the end of the first World War. We remember all those who have given their lives in wars and conflicts through the years.

St James's Day
St James’s Day is our Patronal Festival celebrating our patron saint, St James.

Trinity Sunday
Trinity Sunday celebrates the Christian belief that the Trinity is the three persons of God - Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.