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December 24th 

Read the whole Christmas story from a Bible storybook. Attend a Christmas Eve service. Think about all the things you have done this Advent to get ready for Jesus’ coming.


December 23rd 

Organise a Christmas tea party and invite family, friends and neighbours. Enjoy welcoming people into our home. You don’t need lots of fancy food, just enjoy being together!

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December 22nd 

In a Bible or children’s Bible story book, read the story of the wise men (Matthew 2:1–12). Why do you think the wise men travelled so far to see Jesus?


December 21st 

Make a den out of blankets and cushions, get some snacks and watch a Christmas film all together.

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December 20th 

Read the stories of Simeon and Anna from a children’s Bible storybook or from Luke 2:22–38 in the Bible. They waited a long time to meet Jesus!

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December 19th 

Make some paper chain decorations for your home. On each link of the chain, write the name of someone you care for. Whenever you walk under/past the chain, thank God for one of the people written on a link.

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December 18th 

In a Bible or children’s Bible story book, read the story of the shepherds (Luke 2:8–21). If you were one of the shepherds, what would you have thought?!


December 17th 

Make a birthday cake for Jesus! As you work wonder together about why Jesus was born. Try to remember what the angels said about him to Mary and Joseph.

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December 16th 

Visit an elderly relative, friend or neighbour. Spend some time talking with them, including asking them what they like about Christmas!

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December 15th 

Only ten days until Christmas! Read the story of the birth of Jesus from a children’s Bible story book or from Luke 2:1–7 in a Bible.

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December 14th 

Make a nativity set and talk about all the different characters as you make them.


December 13th 

Go to see a local Christmas display – this could be at a church, shopping centre or somewhere in your town. Enjoy the sights and sounds, and chat about what you see.


December 12th 

Play your favourite party games. Think about the things you enjoy about Christmas. Thank God for them (and for the games too!).

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December 11th 

In a Bible or children’s Bible story book, read the story of Joseph and the angel (Matthew 1:18–24). Talk about the special message the angel gives Joseph – what do you think it means?


December 10th 

Make some Christmas biscuits, using festive cutters. As you bake and decorate them, decide who you might give some biscuits to as a present.

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December 9th 

Light a candle and look at it for a time. Discuss what is on your minds. Ask God to help you with those things now. 

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December 8th 

Write a Christmas card to a person who has helped you this year – a teacher, a relative or friend. If you were writing a card to God what would you say? 

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December 7th 

Read Mary’s happy song from the Bible (Luke 1:46–55). Then sing your favourite Christmas song together.

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December 6th 

Find out if there’s a local children’s charity collecting presents for those who don’t have any. Chat about whether you can donate anything. Why might you do so?

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December 5th 

Say hello to people as you go about your family life: perhaps the person at the supermarket checkout, the bus driver or the people on the next table at a café. Wish them a happy Christmas!

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December 4th 

In a Bible or children’s Bible story book, read the story of Mary and the angel (Luke 1:26–38). Talk about the special message the angel gives Mary – what do you think it means?

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December 3rd 

Go outside and find things that you can decorate your house with: greenery, pine cones, holly with berries etc. Talk about what Christmas is about and why you celebrate the festival.

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December 2nd 

Go searching through your house for cans of food that you can donate to a foodbank or old, good-quality clothes you could donate to a shelter or charity shop. 

Foodbank donations can be made to the Chiltern Foodbank at Budgens in Wendover.

Clothes can donated to the Florence Nightingale shop at 4-5 Kings Head Parade or the Rennie Grove shop at 5 High Street.


December 1st 

The word “Advent” is derived from the Latin word adventus, meaning “coming,”. Scholars believe that during the 4th and 5th centuries in Spain and Gaul, Advent was a season of preparation for the baptism of new Christians at the January feast of Epiphany, the celebration of God’s incarnation represented by the visit of the Magi to the baby Jesus (Matthew 2:1), his baptism in the Jordan River by John the Baptist (John 1:29), and his first miracle at Cana (John 2:1). During this season of preparation, Christians would spend 40 days in penance, prayer, and fasting to prepare for this celebration. Today, Advent remains a time of thoughtful and prayerful preparation for the coming of Jesus into our lives at Christmas.

Throughout this journey through Advent, we'll be suggesting some ways in which you can prepare for the coming of Jesus, getting yourself ready for the big day and doing some good things for those around you at the same time. Here's our first activity...

Make your own decorations to hang on your Christmas tree. As you work, chat about what you love about Christmas. If you have time, make a decoration for a friend or neighbour. 

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Advent Calendar December 2021

Happy Advent from St Mary's Wendover!
Hello and welcome to St Mary's. If you are a new visitor, we have a page for you to get to know us and learn more about planning a visit.
Click here to see more.

Planning your Visit

A Warm Welcome! 

The following information is specifically for those planning to visit us for the first time, so that you know, beforehand, what to expect on a Sunday morning.

Where and When

We meet at St Mary's Church in Church Lane, Wendover, for our two main Sunday services each week, which start at 9.00am and 10.45am. For your first visit, we recommend arriving 10-15 minutes early to ensure you get a parking space and find somewhere to sit before the service begins. When you arrive, you will be greeted by someone on our Welcome Team.

Plan your journey


There is wheelchair access, and a sound loop for anyone who needs it. Please let one of the Welcome Team know on your arrival and they will help you to get set up. There are disabled toilets in the Church Centre, which you can find through the door towards the front of the church on the left hand side.

Our Main Sunday Services

Our 9am Holy Communion is a more traditional service, including music and hymns in an established style but using up-to-date language. It will probably appeal to those who are used to more formal Anglican worship.  There is no provision for children at this service.

Our 10.45am Sunday Worship services follow a more informal style with contemporary worship songs. These services are typically most suitable for families. On the second and fourth Sundays of each month, we share Communion at this service and Ignite (for children aged 5-11) and Surge (our youth group for 11-16s) run on these Sundays. The first and third Sundays are All Age services, designed to be rich in teaching and learning for people of all ages - from 2 to 92!

You can find details of our other services here.

Getting Connected

Small Groups

While Sundays are a great way to meet new people, it is often in smaller gatherings that you can really get to know someone. Being part of one of our small groups allows you to make new friends, share together and support each other. We have a variety of groups that meet throughout the week, some afternoons and some evenings. Check out our Church Life section on this website to see if there’s a group that you'd like to join, or we can put you in touch with a small group leader who will be more than happy to invite you along to their group.

Serving and Volunteering

If you want to get involved in the life of the church, why not sign up to serve on a team. We are always looking for volunteers to get involved in different aspects of our work.

Get in touch with us to plan your visit
If you would like to come and visit the church beforehand you are more than welcome! St Mary's is open every day from 9am to 6pm and you would be very welcome to come and have a look around before you come to a Sunday service. In the meantime, please fill in the form below if there is anything you'd like to kn
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Comments / Questions or anything you would like to say?
We hope that whoever you are and wherever you come from, you will feel at home at our church.

Best Wishes,

Rev Sally Moring