The Nativity service
Children’s Nativity and Carols, the most popular service of the year
Christmas Eve, 24 December, 5pm
Arrive early to find a seat

Welcome to Saint Anne’s Church

Christmas is coming

Fr Simon Walsh (Curate)

Though geese may be getting fat and high streets up and down the land have already switched their ‘lights’ on, we at St Anne’s take a deep breath and dive into Advent. This holy season of preparation for the great day of Christmas is what the Church has kept throughout time. It serves to give us a moment (four weeks long, more or less) to contemplate what Christmas is about, and what it still means. We live in a strange tension because the Church maintains Christmas as a season throughout January with the various celebrations of Epiphany, and finishing with Candelmas. While this feasting is intended to counterbalance the mutedness and calm of Advent, the secular world sees Christmas produce creeping into shops from September and within days of Christmas, by the beginning of the new year, it’s all Dry January, diets and resolutions. A strange tension, but Christian theology shows how we are in the world but somehow not of it. Likewise, we have the ‘now and not yet’ sensation of Jesus being here, present in our midst, yet ascended into heaven until he comes again in glory at the end of time.

So Advent is very obviously a paradox in many ways, and a test for any Christian to prolong it until the actual day of Christmas (or even ‘prevent’ in the old meaning of ‘to go before’). And thereby to ‘deepen the joy’ of this great feast which celebrates the coming of God in all the weakness and fragility of a baby, and the appearance of the Christ-child in great humility in the Stable. January continues to focus on these ‘epiphanies’ of God in man through the life of Christ. It’s a story that resonates throughout time and eternity and in ‘a land of deep darkness’ (whatever confidence you may have in our political system and social organization) we do well to heed once again the news of the Prince of Peace, ‘the babe of Bethl’em,’ now and for all time.

At St Anne’s we do Advent with devoutness and duty. And we do Christmas with all the joy and urgency it demands. The shepherds ran with the good news as the first disciples did also upon the resurrection discovery. We are constantly called back to that: the gospel, the evangelism, but most of all the presence of Christ in our lives and his saving love.

Advent begins with Mass on the first Sunday (1 December) and is honoured with our annual Advent Carol Service the same evening at 6pm — a progression of readings and Scripture marking our journey through life, faith, and Advent. The annual Advent booklet will also be available for you to take home and read through for the keeping of a holy Advent, hopefully giving some assistance in concentrating on the days and weeks of the season without letting too much of Christmas crowd in through its attendant demands. As always, we are grateful to the contributors for once again giving us a new and unique look at this liturgical time.

On the 18th December, exactly one week before Christmas, we shall have our Christmas Requiem. It’s a simple, said eucharist at 8pm in church, and during it we light candles for those we have lost and who now rejoice on another shore each Christmas. One candle will burn throughout the week as a symbol of our prayers, and on Christmas Eve the individual candles are lit once again to burn into Christmas itself. All are welcome, and please let us know if there is someone you would like remembered.

To Christmas itself, we have the annual Children’s Nativity and carols on Christmas Eve at 5pm (our most popular service of the year) with Midnight Mass at 11.30pm. Christmas Day is Festal Eucharist at 10.30am, and the following Sunday we keep the Holy Family celebration, again at 10.30. On New Year’s Day, our mass for Mary, Mother of God is at 12 noon followed by drink. And by then we really are into the new year.

We do hope to see you at some point, away from the distractions of last-minute shopping and January sales! As always, we wish you and your loved ones the very best this Advent, this Christmas, and into 2020.

Fr. Simon Walsh (Curate)


Thank you to every one who came, donated and bought at the Harvest Festival!

We managed to raise an incredible £600 donation to Harington Scheme.
Also many thanks to our local shopkeepers (Greens of Highgate, Limone, Highgate Pantry and Gail’s Bakery) who offered us goods for this event!

Every week at St. Anne’s

Sunday Services

8am – Said Eucharist

10.30am – Parish Eucharist with Children’s Church

Every Tuesday 8am

Morning Prayer and breakfast

Every Wednesday

11.30am – Eucharist

Coming up soon

St Annes Church - view from the balcony

Back to Church Sunday

Join us on Sunday 29th but also encourage people ‘Back to Church.’ Invite your friends, neighbours and colleagues!

Sunday 29th September – 10.30am


Harvest Festival

Please contribute fruit, vegetables, flowers, jams, pickles, cakes and biscuits.
Any homemade or homegrown produce would be welcome.
Sale after Sunday service with proceeds to Harington Scheme.

Auction on Sunday 13th October after 10:30am Service
Advent at St Annes

All Souls Requiem Mass

Candlelit Requiem Mass with music by Gabriel Faure.

Saturday 2nd November – 7.30pm

Winter Fair

This is the ever popular annual event at St Anne’s, where you can come along to browse a Fine selection of pre-loved clothes, gifts, toys and books. We also set up a fantastic cafe where you can have lunch, cake, hot drinks and even a glass of mulled wine.

Saturday 9th November – 11am – 1pm


1                Advent 1, 10.30; Advent Carol Service, 6pm
3                Advent Study, 10.30 (Vicarage)
8                Advent 2, 10.30
10              Advent Study, 10.30 (Vicarage)
15              Advent 3, 10.30
17              Advent Study, 10.30 (Vicarage)
18              Christmas Requiem, 8pm
22              Advent 4, 10.30
24              Christmas Eve: Nativity Service, 5pm; Midnight Mass, 11.30pm
25              Festal Eucharist, 10.30
29              Holy Family, 10.30
1                Mary Mother of God, 12 noon (said eucharist)
5                Epiphany, 10.30
9                Women at the Well, 11am
12              Baptism of Christ, 10.30
13              Healing Mass, 7.30pm
19              Epiphany 2, 10.30
22              Compline, 8pm
26              Conversion of St Paul, 10.30
2                Candlemas, 10.30
6                Women at the Well, 11am
9                3 before Lent
10              Healing Mass, 7.30pm
16              2 before Lent
19              Compline, 8pm
23              Next before Lent
26              Ash Wednesday, 7.30pm
1               Lent 1, 10.30
5               Women at the Well, 11am
6-8           Parish pilgrimage to Walsingham
8               Lent 2, 10.30
9               Healing Mass, 7.30pm
15             Lent 3, 10.30
18             Compline, 8pm
22             Mothering Sunday, 10.30
29             Lent 5, 10.30

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